Fans of sexy, sassy 1980s comics such as Love and Rockets by the Hernandez brothers and Tank Girl by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin might feel a sense of nostalgia seeing the work of Gregory Gilbert-Lodge. The unlikely-sounding Swiss illustrator’s large-scale pieces owe much to those comic book artists (though he admits a preference for Charles Burns, Gary Panter and Raymond Pettibon), while also bringing a contemporary and very individual sensibility into the frame. It’s a frame that goes beyond the figurative content – the modern-day iconic images or ‘eikons’ of the exhibition’s title – to bring elements of the image-making process into play as both an integral part of that icon and an inventive comment on the nature of celebrity and its representation. So a portrait of Yves Saint Laurent might, through in-camera or post-camera manipulation, be a very different proposition to the shot that shaped it, offering a ‘portrait’ of the designer that is both representative and fictitious. And an image that is as slyly witty as Jaime Hernandez or Andy Warhol (who Gilbert-Lodge cites as ‘an artist I always come back to’), at their best.Eikon by Gregory Gilbert-Lodge is at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, London EC2 until 30 July. www.kemistrygallery.co.uk
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