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FLEURSDUMAL | Curated by Dolly Thompsett

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At CHARLIE SMITH LONDON
336 Old Street, London EC1V 9DR , United Kingdom | +44 (0)20 7739 4055 | direct@charliesmithlondon.com | www.charliesmithlondon.com

Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment

Friday May 9th – Saturday June 7th 2014
Private View: Thursday May 8th 6.30-8.30pm

Emma Bennett | Michael Boffey | G L Brierley | Bernhard Martin | Neal Rock | Dolly Thompsett

‘The beautiful is always strange’, said Baudelaire.

The artists in this show demonstrate within their painterly flourishes a strange beauty that alludes to a sense of corruption and to the festering nature of an often hidden aspect of human consciousness.

The work selected relates to Baudelaire’s collection of 19th century poems ‘Les Fleurs du mal’ by embracing an awareness of death, degeneracy and pain. The six artists in the exhibition have developed visual vocabularies that echo Baudelaire’s syntax in order to elucidate something, something that speaks most strangely of beauty.

Within these paintings a moment of expression is fashioned by means of art that truly speaks of life, like a briefly blossoming flower that feeds from the decomposing carcasses of beasts, great and small, and from the sun above.

Dolly Thompsett

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