and similar imagery in Gnostic texts like ‘The Hymn of the Pearl’ or the ‘Song of the Apostle Judas Thomas.’
A simple image of a shirt, an imprint, an afterimage: a shadow but also a foreshadowing. The symbolism of the garment as a heavenly or ideal double of a person on earth.
Clothes waiting to be filled, there is a sense of absence. (Can you have an empty coat hanger?)
The origins of this can be seen in an earlier work by the artist; “Lily King” shown at the gallery in the exhibition; “Section D’Or: Gilding the Lily” in 2004.
Once again the importance of words (language) is evident throughout this exhibition. ‘Approbatio’ painted in its original typeface taken from a missal printed in 1855;
‘Andy’ the artists family name proposed as a tetragrammaton; ‘Icon’ used in its true meaning, but also punning on ‘I con.’
And the play of words continues; ‘hanger’ hangman, crucifier, stripped/striped, ‘page’ as boy and leaf and ‘leaf’ as page etc.
‘Naked’ obeys the regime of gravity and a ‘7’ is suspended as a reversed image of porosity. Many associations are yet to be formed like names ‘on the tip of ones tongue.
‘Speech’ is silver - it eventually turns to black - while others are ‘Saved.”
In a beautiful vitrine a golden leaf, perhaps from the sacred tree at Heliopolis, is waiting for Hermes - the god of games of chance - upon which to write the name of the future king.
*Translation; Wallace FowlieCharlotte Schleiffert: drawings.
On the occasion of the solo exhibition at Museum Het Domein, Sittard (NL) “Rozen & Pistolen” the Annie Gentils Gallery presents a selection of recent drawings by Charlotte Schleiffert (Tilburg, 1967).
This artist gained international recognition with her very expressive drawings and paintings featuring bright colours, impressive formats, and unconventional use of material such as fake fur
and adhesive plastic. Issues related to gender play an important role in her engaged work, as do themes such as intolerance, power, violence, oppression, poverty, and alienation.
The exhibition at Het Domein is primarily dedicated to the work Schleiffert has done in the past three years and other pieces that have rarely or never been displayed before.
The exhibition in Sittard is curated by Roel Arkesteijn curator of contemporary art at Museum Het Domein in Sittard.
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