Laughing Lucifer-Lakhveer Azad

19 Jul 2011 – 23 Jul 2011

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Menier Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • RV1 and 381
  • London Bridge
  • London Bridge

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This exhibition will be a collection of my works to date and will be my first solo exhibition. The major theme which involves the majority of works planned is based within a circus background. The circus background is dark, lit up by studio lights giving it a false and awkward glorification. Characters in the foreground have statuses within a hierarchy like as in with reality. Many of the works touch on capitalism and how the working class or jesters in the case of the artwork are manipulated and re-ificated by the need for money and on the basis of survival. Capital is represented by a Prussian eagle through inspiration of the inspiring Max Beckmann. The Prussian eagle is shown terrorising and being overcome as a stand for the working class. There are many paintings on deception of an inner self, the theme on ones failure, how it can bite and override one's sanity. There are a few that touch upon religion and politics which have become reasons for war and entertainment in our modern times. All exhibited pieces will be presented along poetry and I would want the poetry and paintings to work effectively individually as well as in their pairings. I believe art and literature are a whole and both are art pieces in their own right. I believe this exhibition would not just apply to the art lovers of Southwark but also the poetry lovers. The paintings are exalted from the basis of serious and extreme issues which affect me as a human being to watch debauchery, my own desecration filled with failures, little love and grander lack of love in the human race. I wish it to be successful and embed a name to spur off a further growing career in the world of thinking, art and literature.
-Lakhveer Azad.

Laughing Lucifer exhibits for the first time the solo exhibition of the artist Lakhveer Singh Azad. It will showcase 40 paintings of the artist which cover themes from self-desecration to the temporality of god and love in human affection and belief. A major number of the paintings hold the realm of a circus or stage on which the characters have statuses which either represents the hierarchy in capitalism or the position of God in mockery or the commercialist role the Almighty now stands in. That Almighty I refer to is in definite sarcasm.

The underlying sadness which dwells in the blacks of all these paintings is the artist's self infliction. His paintings as well as holding tangible subject matter always seem to contain a self analysis in which the conclusion is always bitter and condemning. The artist knows that temporality exists in all beings. From beings of the smell of a flower, the being of holding an hand, the being of a good man will all come to the one definite in life which is death. This explains the title of the exhibition which Lakhveer gave to his own representation in a short story he wrote which was also called Laughing Lucifer.

Laughing Lucifer is an exhibition which is unlike others and the artist is unlike other artists of now in the sense that he does not wish to be categorized as a contemporary and neither his art. He wishes this because he believes that the contemporary art world with its characters and productions are abusing the depth of true art by abusing what they deem to be conceptual and placing favour in what can be hung or installed in a space as to be called beautiful. Beauty is the component of an image which is to be second in the eyes of this artist. He wishes to be judged not for aesthetic but your inner realisation as it were, to have gone away with unravelling and agreeing or not agreeing to the image's content, along the likes of Rene Magritte who can only be truly enjoyed and understood through the love of thinking and poetry.

Lakhveer who abandoned the academic route of art deeming it 'a restrain on the artistic soul, placing you in paths of artists such as Tracey Emin or Damian Hirst which I see as torture' has now after years on a solitary journey put together his first collection. A collection which will definitely carve a beginning of an art that needs the audience to think rather than dumbly stare and decide whether it suits well against the sitting room wall paint or sofa. A collection which will adore the face of a new beginning, debauched beautifully away from the now into a path where the truth speaks to you in screams and louder screams after the veils of symbols are lifted and then louder when you look upon yourself or beyond that window pane.

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