Monsters refer to beasts. They are the abnormally deformed, lurking around the underbelly of societal norms - a gross hybrid of sex and species, always crossing the border of acceptability. They are the chaos that needs to be controlled in order to stabilise reality
In the basement of the Brick Lane Gallery, these malformations creep out from the imaginary. Bortusk Leer's psychedelic child-like creatures jump out shrieking and running from the secret police while Denny's naïve cut out characters make simple statements of humanness and Selina Scerri's victimised prostitutes oblige the viewer seductively, and dismally.
The word Monster originates from the Latin monstrum meaning that which teaches or monstare meaning to show, both words transcend from the same base monere - to warn. The exhibition throws a humourous and quirky spin on the heavily laden meaning of the word, lending itself to social commentary. While it is mostly understood to be a derogatory term, there has always been a love/hate fascination with monsters in art, literature and film that reveal the "Monster" to be but a reflection of the suppressed taboos of culture and human nature. These three artists reveal society's truths, both funny and serious through The Monster.
Private View: Thursday 30 July, 6 30 - 8.30 pm
The Brick Lane Gallery
196 Brick Lane London