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‘We are all supermodels!’ says new painting by Mas.s

“Two eyes, a nose and a mouth is what we want to see in a portrait or in a wider picture. It does not really matter how it is portrayed. Our eyes wander over the various features of the face and make connection. The surroundings are dressing up that very core of observation. We all seek recognition, contact and communion. We are all supermodels.” – Mas.s: July, 2013

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Supermodel!?” is a new painting by original Dutch artise Mas.s in his portrait series – a series I came across only recently when he held his first solo exhibition, Home of Inspiration,of more than thirty paintings, at Alexander House in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

Mas.s: Supermodels?

Mas.s: Supermodels?

There’s a brilliant vibrancy in his paintings – but there isn’t colour just for colour’s sake – thought-provoking, self-reflection, enchanting; Mas.s’ work is all of these – and more. If you have a chance, pop in to the Galgiardi Gallery on the King’s Road or keep an eye out on Mas.s.com for upcoming exhibition dates.

“ Two eyes, a nose and a mouth is what we want to see in a portrait or in a wider picture. It does not really matter how it is portrayed. Our eyes wander over the various features of the face and make connection. The surroundings are dressing up that very core of observation. We all seek recognition, contact and communion. We are all supermodels.”

— Mas.s July, 2013

External links & references

  1. Official website @ www.mas-s.com
  2. Gagliardi Gallery : King’s Road, London : gagliardigallery.org
  3. Follow Mas.s on Twitter : @Mas_s_art

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WOTSIT ALL ABOUT @ Gazelli Art House : James Ostrer

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I love to eat – Kit Kats or cookies-and-cream ice cream. I need sugar like five times a day – Kim Kardashian

As part of the Window Project, Gazelli Art House will present the commissioned photographic works by  National Portrait Gallery Curator’s Choice, artist James Ostrer, from the 30th July 2014. The images,  referencing icons of contemporary sugar worship, Ostrer’s imagined result of a corrupted globalization  and increasingly dangerous methods of food production, will occupy the glass facade of the gallery and  spread over the ground floor. A glimpse into a post apocolyptic world which has been destroyed by mass  production, we are encouraged to question the decisions that are made for us: Wotsit all about? James Ostrer’s (England, 1979) photographs of sugar adorned subjects allude to the history of primitive  art, synthetic dietary sugar intake, and an irreverent twist on the absurd in which societal practices of  ingestion oscillate into a nightmarish world of abject effrontery and nutritional disillusionment. The works are feverishly and painstakingly created tableaus with layers of sweets and foodstuffs being  applied to a human subject, often the artist himself, which, when staged, are photographed and patterned  for re-consumption through the distribution of photographic practice. Speaking largely on the twentieth and twenty first centuries’ dietary concerns and sugar’s uncomfortable place within this, Ostrer’s photographs  conjure metaphorical allegories as Ketchup flows as tears down frosted cheeks and Kit Kats’ mouths  bark back with menacing grimaces. This adornment becomes a mask of what we eat which then becomes  entwined with a hyper-pop sensibility and an obsequious inquiry into the great volumes of sugar that flow  through our bodies.

James Ostrer’s work often tests the limits of the body politics in the ever evolving analysis of the western  body, sexuality, and society. In 2009, Ostrer staged “Customer Container”; an installation in which the  artist used photographs of himself taken by six different prostitutes under which the only condition was  that they order him to perform as they wished. In 2011, his portrait of Nicky Haslam in Lucien Freud’s chair  was chosen for the Taylor Wessing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The artist lives and works  in London.

Window Project Dates:
31/07 – 11/09/2014
Location:
Gazelli Art House
39 Dover Street
London W1

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Home of Inspiration exhibition comes to London

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After a 5 week solo exhibition suring the European elections, Dutch artist Mas.s, has brought the ‘Home of Inspiration’ exhibition back from Brussels and in to London where five of his works can now be seen in an appealing setting: the Presbytery of Farm Street Church on Mount Street in Mayfair.

It is wonderful to experience peoples reactions to my work. They seem to be touched. I am privileged and honoured but also humbled. To me it’s a gift to be shared, that’s what I am all about. Mas.s

I’ve always thought there was a wash of Kandinsky over Marcel’s work, and these paintings again touch on spiritual and social themes; remarkable diversity from an artist who began to express himself in art on two and a half years ago.

An ideal opportunity to visit Farm Street Church, this oasis of peace and beauty in the heart of Mayfair and see some extraordinary art.

Open from the 9th of a July until the 9th of September.

Address: 114 Mount Street London W1K 3AH

External links and references

  1. More of Mas.s’ work can be see at Gagliardi Gallery
  2. Farm Street Church
  3. Inspired by Kandinsky @ Saatchi Art
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