This exhibition, exploring the two sides to the human psyche, will both fascinate and terrify you; taking Jung’s theory of The Shadow as the ‘suppressed or disowned qualities of human consciousness’ as its inspiration.
Jemma Hickman, who curated the exhibition, says, ‘Exhibitions in the gallery often have dark themes, and the conception of this particular one was good for my gallery.’
Hickman represents the majority of the artists that have designed objects for the project, and presented the central theme of The Shadow to them.
This absorbing exhibition explores the concepts of dark and light, human and animal, intrigue and repulsion, desire and guilt, consciousness and the dream.
Patrick Haines, one of the exhibition’s contributors, says, ‘What really attracted me to contributing was the exploration of the duality of dark and light.’
He adds, ‘My work is generally about bringing something from nature into the urban, human environment, so this was an ideal project.’
Haines’ Guardian Angel, cast in bronze, brings a gothic, Edgar Allen Poe-esque quality, looming large over the chair beneath it.
Other pieces, such as Ione Rucquoi’s Lamb of God, contain imagery and ideas that are both fascinating and perhaps just a little twisted, which is never a bad thing.
Shadowside runs from 14-18 June at Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street
Shoreditch ,London EC2A