From the Victoria Secret catwalks to the idealisation of European splendour in Brazil to the bronzed Mediterranean allure – not only is a fixation with beauty culturally ubiquitous, we also all seem to think we’re pretty good at judging what it is. But what if someone were to show you that beauty is merely a socially constructed concept? Would you think differently? In his first solo exhibition Femme Fatal at East London’s Hang-up, Tel-Aviv based artist and training neurologist Jonathan Reiner has come to intuitively unlock the secrets of the eye and visual brain through his vibrant, whimsical screen prints. In his work, Reiner contrasts Western notions of beauty with Non-Western, native and tribal; intertwining concepts of spirituality and natural elements to create mystical creatures that challenge the standard depictions of women, beauty and empowerment. The work is comprised of found materials, which range from witty renditions of 20th century soft pornography to contemporary fashion magazines and unleashes the wild power of the imagination. In all its jungle/tropical glory, this exhibition is designed to beat the blues and take you on a spiritual journey to an unknown realm. For pre/post-show refreshments, try out the Hang-Up’s new Bunker Grotto Bar/art space.
N16ArtTuesday December 13