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Femme Fatale: The Art of Johnathan Reiner

SEEN needs no excuse to visit Stoke Newington, and so it was that she popped into Hang Up Gallery at 81, Stoke Newington Road. The gallery positively glows with ‘Femme Fatale’, the work of neurologist Johnathan Reiner, who has created some vibrant large-scale prints of mysterious Kahlo-esque women bedecked with flowers, skulls, tattoos and jewellery, often riding exotic animals. Beautifully rendered and slyly humorous, the women seem to mock us by returning our gaze. These are not fragile, helpless creatures, the ‘subjects’ of the artist. Tel Aviv-based Reiner has attributed goddess-like status to his worldly women: they are here to be worshipped.

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Reiner has also used mixed media to great effect (he calls it ‘bastardising’) on found vintage erotic magazine covers, juxtaposing the decorous naked bodies of the women portrayed with cheerful slogans, exhortations to the women (and us?) to redeem ourselves, but subverting the prudish moral tone with cartoon characters. At once subversive and funny, the series is eminently collectible.

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The artist has also collaborated with cancer charity ‘Hello Beautiful’ to create a giclee portrait of Eve, updated for the 21st century; tattooed and bedizened with Reiner’s trademark skulls and leather. This rendering of Eve exhorts us to defeat the fear of cancer by taking responsibility for what we eat and put on our bodies.

‘Femme Fatale’ continues until 29th January.

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Hang Up Gallery
81 Stoke Newington Road
Stoke Newington
London
N16 8AD

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.