Exhibition preview: Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next Century, Towner, Eastbourne, until June 23 2013
For an artist exhibiting 16 paintings at Towner, Fiona Rae packs a densely broad range of references in. The abiding one might well be the altered sheen of Photoshop, but Caspar David Friedrich – the 19th century German romantic painter with a penchant for enveloping lone figures in overwhelming landscapes, set within a gothic feel – is undoubtedly an intriguing influence.
© Fiona Rae, courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Among a core group of works first seen at Leeds Art Gallery and three new pieces, made last year and appearing in a gallery for the first time, the Apocalyspe woodcuts of one of Friedrich’s predecessors of four centuries earlier, Albrecht Dürer, also shadow a series of black calligraphic drawings, accompanied by “ludicrous yet gnomic” brushworks, re-examining “girlish” elements from a feminist perspective.
Rae visited Tokyo in 2004, returning to the scene of a childhood she describes as peripatetic, widening her practice to take in mysterious tiny figures and cartoons. Enigmatic, witty and precise, Rae remains an artist of perfect elusiveness.
- Open 10am-6pm (closed Monday, open Bank Holiday Mondays). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @Townergallery.