Helen Pynor’s work introduces a new visual language into contemporary cultural and philosophical dialogues centring on the interior of the human body. Challenging dominant modes of representation, Pynor’s work avoids the celebration of violence and horror in relation to the body’s interior, and simultaneously avoids the sanitised depictions common within medical discourse. Despite the potential for morbidity in the subject matter, the works become strangely compelling evocations of our visceral fragility and the entwined nature of our biological and cultural selves.
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by cm070537 10.05.11 9:20
totally amazing unique work and one of the best exhibitions I have seen this yearReport this opinion as offensive
Liquid Ground, Solid Beauty
by ulalume 10.05.11 15:02
Not certain if appaling or appealing, definetely captivating, the images of BREATH dragged me with them down in those serene deep waters, occupied by absent siluettes, where drowning becomes mesmerising and a grotesque dance of transparent clothing and connective tissue becomes a dreamy instance. Tragedy as beauty and song.
Floaty and poetic
by FrancesM 16.05.11 22:54
A beautiful collection of soulful imagery alongside news clippings from a more literary, Dickensian era. Helen Pynor shows great sensitivity in her work to both the lives and deaths represented. Reading the articles made me want to know more: about the man who became entangled in weeds and drowned; about the person who 'pluckily' tried to rescue other souls from the Thames... The photography itself shows compositions of clothing and organs floating sympathetically together in green water softened by sunlight, which brings a lightness and gentleness to the work: ultimately the remnants and lingering, almost haunting, memories of past lives. This exhibition is worth a thoughtful and open minded viewing.Report this opinion as offensive
by CharlesG 21.05.11 13:15
Visited this show yesterday and I thought it was stunningly beautiful. The images of garments and organs floating underwater to me are etheral and ghostly invoking in me thoughts of the underworld. Def go & seeReport this opinion as offensive
Amazing, beautiful & complex
by Sarah50 05.06.11 16:06
One of the best exhibitons I have seen in a long time from an artist I look forward to following. Helen Pynor's work is original. A biologist and artist in one with strength in every detail of her art making.Report this opinion as offensive