The show’s title recalls the poem "Carrion" from Charles Baudelaire’s "Les Fleurs du Mal," its celebration of mortality and rot, gruesome sensuality and rebirth, but also of the body-horror present in video games and zombie movies. Carrion features in religious thought, where it was considered taboo. Art-historically, Serum’s aesthetic and philosophical exploration of the beauty of decay follows a rich tradition of aesthetic morbidity such as found in classic vanitas painting.
Serum works intuitively, sometimes utilizing personal or staged photographs as a reference or drawing from memories of his upbringing in Los Angeles and Mexico. In his mixed-media works, the artist combines techniques such as oil painting, pastels, spray painting, and collaging fragments of photography and previous paintings. The results are ruthless, often dark and violent depictions of the human condition.
Work created by Serum over the course of his residency at SomoS will be presented in a final exhibition, Carrion, on display June 15th through June 26th at SomoS.
More Information about the exhibition on: https://somos.media/oi
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