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"Diann Bauer: bludgeonerator"
2006-02-01 until 2006-03-12
Showroom
London, , UK United Kingdom

The Showroom is delighted to present a newly commissioned, large-scale installation by London-based artist Diann Bauer. Diann Bauer deploys the attraction of violent images from a number of cultures to create large-scale paintings and installations. The integration of diverse visual styles in Bauer's work generates a sense of confusion and dissolution between space, object and subject, and leaves us trying to decipher a narrative that seems graspable, but is just out of reach. Combining source material from nineteenth century Japanese woodcuts, European Baroque painting and experimental contemporary architecture, Bauer situates the viewer within a swirling visually complex representation of space, time and movement.

Diann Bauer is a London based artist. Her paintings and drawings are an implosion of violent imagery from different times and cultures, such as the Japanese Edo period woodcuts of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and for her new work at The Showroom, the paintings of Flemish Baroque artist Peter Rubens.

Bauer’s exhibition will be of an ambitious new work, bludgeonerator, specially commissioned by The Showroom. The integration of diverse visual styles in her work generates confusion and dissolution between space, object and subject, and leaves the viewer trying to decipher a narrative that seems graspable, but is just out of reach.

bludgeonerator will comprise a large wall drawing, executed on aluminium panels forming a wall that will cut into the gallery space. bludgeonerator plays with the viewer’s perception of the relationship between the work and its surroundings, by a blurring of the boundaries of where the work ends and the space begins.

Since graduating from Goldsmiths MA Fine Art course in 1999, Diann Bauer’s work has received significant national and international interest. It has been included in high profile group shows such as Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 2, and New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

Diann Bauer has made solo projects for the Fine Art University of Hanoi and Vamiali’s, Athens: her project for The Showroom will be her first solo show in a publicly funded London gallery. This is a significant opportunity to see a major new body of work by this exciting young artist.


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