AboutV22 Ashwin Street is pleased to announce Jasper Joffe's Beauty Show, an exhibition which puts the ass back into aesthetics and pubic hair back into fashion.
Joffe loves old Vogues from the 70s and 80s. The models are less stick thin. These mags are full of beautiful pictures of beautiful women, who are now of course old and botoxed. Joffe looks in some vintage Homes and Garden magazines and sees an ad for a shower company which shows most of a naked lady, he is nostalgic for the early innocent years of masturbation. In the good old days you still sometimes saw untopiarized bushes.
The ugly side is Nazis. Look into their eyes. There is a something wrong with painting Hitler. Joffe once tried to make abstract paintings of Hitler in order to prove painting's romantic supremacy over subject matter. Now he paints him and his nasty friends as is. They represent MEN. The gawking, ogling, there's a lovely girl, guys like Joffe that like to look at ladies in their knickers.
Crush these ugly and beautiful subjects together in a painting show. You get Fashism. The queasy melding of images which leaves you looking at the whirls of beauty and ugliness without being sure which is which, or whose side you are on.
As an aesthetic experiment Joffe will be inviting ugly and beautiful people to the opening. One gallery will be populated by models and people who think they look like models. The other gallery will be peopled by ugly people or people who think they are ugly. He is interested whether the contents of the room will affect the reception of the paintings.
Jasper Joffe born 1975 is a painter, writer, and used to be quite good looking. Great successes include 24 paintings in 24 hours at the Chisenhale Gallery in 2000 and solo shows in London, Milan, Brno, and Rome (Spot the odd one out.) Major success includes his first novel Water being published by Telegram Books in 2006. Medium successes include his founding of The Free Art Fair and his paintings having been collected by Charles Saatchi.