For the living canvas of their imagination artists will beg, borrow and steal from whatever is around them. Nothing is sacrosanct because everything is - in the cause of art. Picasso described artists as thieves, it they can steal an idea they will. Hans Breder recycles art, literally, by cutting his collection of old masters’ drawings amassed over 60 years. He aims, thereby, to give them a new lease on life with incisions that release their unpredictable beauty.
This exhibition weaves together the art practices of a wide range of global artists - Aboudia creates complex acrylic paintings featuring street children’s faces intermixed with echoes of tribal masks as part of his symbolic language. This re-mix gives global art today a new direction that invokes strong connections with Africa. Gonçalo Mabunda creates contemporary African masks made from decommissioned weapons – his work is both a re-cycle and re-mix, one that questions the rest of the world for selling such arms to Mozambique. The resulting faces, alive and contemporary, challenge the onlooker while linking his art practice with his own traditions. Anna Navasardian's paintings question art history's implicit and explicit legacy toward women. She reinterprets a Boucher painting of a nude woman lying face up on a bed to expose the power politics inherent in her vulnerable posture. Navasardian reacts with powerful dashing brushstrokes in reaction and weaves a personal re-mix for art today. Jeff Hargrave paints the black man and woman into art history, deploying his own humor to parody stereotypes – he re-visits Dejeuner Sur L’herbe adding a black nude woman and an African mask to this famous image by Manet. Hargrave, a gay black American, finds inspiration also in Boucher – Hargrave’s black woman lying on the bed uncovers a fresh narrative and adds a wonderful twist to the re-cycle re-mix concept. Isaac Aden’s enigmatic works reconsider painting through the principles of Rosalind Krauss. Conflating approaches of modernism and post-modernism by combining industrial manufacturing techniques with ready-mades.