Lisa Ivory | Fred Lindberg | Zachari Logan | Adamo Macri | Lee Maelzer | Jonathan McLeod Melanie Manchot | Minou Norouzi | Robert Siegelman | Matthew Stradling
Private View: Friday 12 April 6-9pm Exhibition Continues: until 12 May Friday to Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment
"The point of this show is to speak about the concept, the make-up, the visibility, the internal/external substance that is tied to being male. The male presence is prevalent in the world, but its meaning is not open for discussion, other than on the level of divisions as being chauvinists and war mongers. The language simply does not exist. Too much focus has been made about the differences between the sexes, why not point out our sameness, what we have in common, rather than a boy and girl teenage scenario of who’s better.
The dysfunction of the contemporary male seems a universal condemnation, he is bound by his own history.
The work presented, stands apart from who has made it, in the sense that the voice of female, male, heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian or trans gender is not a specific issue. All the work is about the acknowledgement of the peripheries that are a part of masculine identity, for no other reason than that it may be of interest and might toy with some other insights. Freedom is about being allowed to be yourself, as whoever you wish to see yourself as. Being male or female should not be a competition, it is about our similarities, and our different needs. We have a lot of common ground, we must stop buying into the games that society and culture have set for us.
The show hopefully has a certain understood surface, but has depth if you wish to dig deeper. It is not meant to be conclusive but merely a starting point. I for one am fed up with meeting broken people – and for what - other than bourgeoisie media, stereotype garbage which pushes values of how you are meant to be.
This show is about opening up, not closing down conversations – the building of a dialogue, to move forward towards a shared empathy between each other."
- William Angus-Hughes
Angus-Hughes Gallery www.angus-hughes.com 26 Lower Clapton Rd (at the junction of Urswick Rd) London E5 0PD