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09/09/2022 - 30/09/2022

New Work - Painting


Emanuel de Carvalho - new state

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

“In his first UK solo exhibition, Emanuel de Carvalho uses painting, sculpture and sound to question our ways of seeing in the current zeitgeist. Rooted in a conceptual preoccupation with phenomenology, ‘new state’ investigates how structures of vision can be queered, challenging us to perceive queerness as an ever-changing state of being which extends beyond images of representation.

The subjects of de Carvalho’s paintings veer between sensuality and the sensorial. He visualises close-ups of soft human flesh with the hard, cold, bodies of cars; vehicles of masculine transition. The paintings have a rich texture, mimicking the lustre of touch. A line awkwardly severs the centres of two paintings, deviating our reading of the works from the perceptual norm, fragmenting the images into two parts. Like an ancient language we read the paintings from top to bottom, giving narrative form to softboi characters.” - Róisín Tapponi


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Hackney Downs Unit 2 Sidings House, 10 Andre Street, Hackney E8 2AA