Interested in queries about the reproduction of the image and its problems of representation, the exhibition brings together a selection of new and recent work from one artist based in Mexico City and another coming from Glasgow.
The images included in the exhibition allude to the human body and its connection with states of mind. They show fragments of the female body along with other figures that carry a symbolic charge: cones and eggs, a black balloon, stones attached with a string to a woman’s waist.
Sills investigates questions of gender and sexual politics; her photos contain a flirtatious attitude, a sensual standpoint. There is a sense of steadiness and equilibrium. A quiet and simple kind of eroticism. Inspired by a single photograph produced by Paul Outerbridge, her cones and eggs delve into the materiality of photography as a medium, and its relationship to painting.
Leyva, on the other hand, is concerned with the formal expression of emotions and moods; her photos contain some kind of anxiety, a subtle pain. She is interested in the relationship of volume and the two-dimensional image: its boundaries with sculpture and installation, and the use of paper or canvas, speaking of inherent themes like the overproduction of images, illusion and desire.
Sills and Leyva challenge the formal possibilities of photography as a medium, dragging us beyond any frame, as if these images revealed a desire beyond what they show.
Curated by Paula Zambrano
Chalton Gallery is supported by the Arts Council Of England