EXHIBITION

JILL TEGAN DOHERTY – THE SHAPE OF DEATH

Jill Tegan Doherty is an Artist from Nottingham, England, born in 1983. After completing her foundation course in Kingston upon Thames, she went on to graduate from Chelsea College of Art and Design, part of the London Institute, in 2006 and now lives and works as a practising artist in Berlin. After a successful period living in London, having participated in many exhibitions, Including The Royal academy’s summer exhibition, the Mall Galleries as part of the Society of Women artists annual exhibition and the Millenium Gallery in St.Ives but to name a few, Doherty is now Infiltrating the German art scene after moving to Berlin in November 2011. She exhibits internationally in Art Fairs and exhibitions. Dohertys work up to now, has been filled with twisted geological forms and unnerving combinations of the human and animal. The uncertain and unseen are provided with a visual platform to be physically digested. The canvas becomes a stage for the subconscious to perform its role in the physical world, to act out its twisted plays. Dohertys paintings present us with a curious and delectable dish that will not necessarily be smoothly digested nor nourish its spectator. Physical instability surfaces in the work through an almost playful act, strongly pronounced with the use of metaphorical animal and bird heads morphed with human figures. Animals feature strongly within the work, unmasking underlying societal structures. Not only crossing the line between natures creatures but also the line between the physical, psychological, conscious and unconscious states of being. Swimming effortlessly between mediums and materials, Doherty, who is primarily a painter, stems also into sculpture, installation and most recently etching. Her work speaks to us of the human condition, and our place in the world.

“There is something sinister and disturbing in the ambiguous beings that are born from the pencil of Jill Tegan Doherty, yet it is hard to look away from her canvases, as if a magnetic force was pushing us to ask ourselves what the images could mean. It is from the real mental short-circuits and the fascination with the reflections of the human subconscious that this young British artist draws her inspiration.”

(Published artist Review ‘Anatomy of a Thought’,
KiT Magazine, January 2013 issue,
by Lidia Casari)

OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017, 7 - 11 PM

The Shape of Death is an exhibition delving into the ambiguity surrounding death, questioning the overlap between the corporeal and ethereal states and confronting our diverse and contrasting attitudes towards death, both with regard to humans as well as other forms of life. The exhibition forms a stasis, where the infliction of death is juxtaposed with the preservation of being. It encapsulates a sense of confusion and fear, balanced out against a more peaceful interpretation.

The work addresses the shapes and emotional connotations that death entails in a contemporary setting. The exhibition uses a soundscape in order for the viewer to become immersed within the imagery through heightened senses. This forces a more somatic reaction to the work and creates a potentially uncomfortable territory. The work is a culmination of questions about what it means to be alive, what it means to be immersed in the world and how the binary of destruction and order that life and death entails can be interpreted artistically.

The exhibition is in collaboration with Tom McCarthy, who has created a sound piece, entitled Stasis, reacting to the ideas within the artworks. The sound piece will be played throughout the duration of the vernissage.

EXHIBITION UNTIL OCTOBER 31

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GUDBERG NERGER GALLERY, POOLSTRASSE 8, 20355 HAMBURG
MO – FR 10:00 – 18:00, SA 12:00 – 18:00