Modern Panic, an annual exhibition of surreal, controversial and provocative art curated by Guerilla Zoo founder James Elphick, is reincarnated in 2018 for Modern Panic IX. Bringing together over 70 visual artists and live art practitioners offering a commentary on our chaotic contemporary world and the darker reaches of human nature with works that shock, disturb and confront.
Highlights include; London street artist Dr D, a.k.a Subvertiser, embeds his artistic interventions within the urban landscape as a wry protest against the insidious proliferation of mainstream news, media and advertising. Liam Brandon Murray’s ostentatious ‘wearable sculptures’ are an exquisitely layered, couture melange of materials and iconographical references. Qixuan Lim from Singapore’s grisly yet adorable works traverse the real and imagined worlds with a pop-surrealistic aesthetic.
Also featured: the Baroque-inspired paintings of Gianluca Pisano which use illumination and shadow to both explore the contemporary human condition and allude to a realm that remains beyond its grasp; Seamus Moran, whose finely crafted sculptural reimaginings interrupt our experience to question our conventional understanding of and assumptions about the world; Rebecca Mason uses neon for her reflection on individual and collective responsibility; and the visceral figurative paintings of Luke Francis Haseler allude to the violence of our basal desires and instincts.
The exhibition includes work from rising stars of the art world such as Muazma Mushtaq, who balances a sensitivity to materials with delicate craftmanship in her reflection on life and death; Chris Campbell, whose interest in storytelling, film and figurative sculpture combine to bring the grotesque and unimaginable into reality, and Jixuan Chen, who masterfully integrates traditional Chinese painting techniques with Eastern mythologies.
Nikoo Bafti | Anthony Bennett | Aiyla Beau
Baharak | Simon Brewster | Liz Buckfield
Sherlaine Callender | Chris Campbell | Jixuan Chen
Gemma Costin | Dr D aka Subvertiser
dEmAnD tHe ImPoSsIbLe | Divine Chaos Art
Jeromie L. Dorrance | Drakula Approved | DT500mag
DYSPLA | Ella Guru | Gelidelune | Mia-Jane Harris
Luke Francis Haseler | Pei Ling Ho | Ben Hopper
Evelyn Jean | Julie Light | Qixuan Lim
Jimmy Kim | Rebecca Mason | Seamus Moran
Liam Brandon Murray | Muazma Mushtaq | Dominic Negus
Neo Fung | Brendan O'Neill | Francesco Orazzini
Clara Payas | Lindsay Pickett | Gianluca Pisano
Patrick Rowan | Elina Rudzite & Black Storm Films
Costanza Savarese and Lara Genovese | Marc Savior
John Sharp | Jas Singh | Matthew Stradling
Greg Wilcox | Mira Yankova | Vort Man
Live Art Performances :
Linda Anne, Jasmine Dhingra and Courtney Laine
Black Arrows | Philip Bedwell
Snake Fervor and Ian the Bloody Poet
Victoria Karlsson | Aepril Schaile
Syban | Benjamin Turc
Jylle Navarro & Neon Naked Life Drawing