Wendy Elia, Where Are We Now at Bermondsey Project Space (13-17 Jul 2021)

Wendy Elia's (Unit 5, Studio 5-211) solo exhibition Where Are We Now takes place at Bermondsey Project Space from 13-17 July.

"Like Bowie’s 2013 song of the same name, 'Where Are We Now' is a meditation on time and history. Featuring bold new works that re-imagine Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith and Holofernes’ as well as representative paintings from several of Elia’s key series, the exhibition creates slippages between past, present, and future.

Elia mines the rich traditions of western history painting, deftly weaving in references to iconic images such as Bacon’s indeterminate forms and Piranesi’s torturous architecture of surveillance. These sit alongside stills from films or TV or footage from news reports in unsettling juxtapositions. Time takes on an elastic quality as symbols and models migrate between paintings. In several paintings, space assumes a surreal quality. Classic fairytales like Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin boast contemporary protagonists. Women’s roles are renegotiated. And always we are left questioning – not just where are we now, but who and where do we want to be."
- Marie-Anne Mancio, June 2021

Preview: Wednesday 14 July, 6-9pm Artist Talk: Saturday 17 July, 3pm

Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.

Image: Wendy Elia, Where Are We Now, oil on canvas, 160 x 130cm, courtesy the artist