Wednesday 24 November 2010

Introducing Pam Glew (to myself at least...)

A cool artist new to my personal ‘art radar’ is Pam Glew who’s eagerly anticipated second solo show in London, Circus opens this Friday at the Red Bull Studios. Recognised the world over for her dynamic portraits painted on vintage national flags, Glew’s works explore a number of cult icons of popular culture manifested in her unmistakable signature style.
Circus takes aim at society’s relentless and faithful relationship with celebrity producing sad, yet striking portraits that pay homage to Pierrot tears – like those of circus clowns.
With raw and gritty effect, Glew utilises dye with bleach to paint, deconstructing and distressing vintage materials and denim in her wake. Glew’s trademark flags hold a particularly strong significance that serves to reinforce her underlying idea that in modern society “we worship people like we salute flags”.
Circus is showing from 26th November-2nd December at Red Bull Studios, 155-171 Tooley Street, SE1.
*Images courtesy of PagetBaker. From top to bottom: Kate Moss, Hunter S. Thompson (author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and Debbie Harry.  

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