Fake Fairy Fantasies

Paul Kindersley

Fake Fairy Fantasies, 2018

21 June 2018 — 28 June 2018

21 Jun 2018 — 28 Jun 2018

Paul Kindersley:


Fake Fairy Fantasies

In late June 2018, Belmacz will present Fake Fairy Fantasies, a week-long exhibition by Paul Kindersley coinciding with midsummer’s eve. In a sequence of paintings, Kindersley has created a nocturnal fantasia of fairies, fauns and other beings skirting the threshold between the familiar and the fantastical. The fairy recurs, in a variety of guises, as a willed fantasy — as entrancing as it is fake.

 

Fake Fairy Fantasies will involve daily ad hoc happenings instigated by the artist, from ballet-inspired performances to lounging and drinking tea. The paintings encircling these events will hang as loose awnings, creating a labyrinthine theatre within which visitors become participants in a midsummer bacchanal. The frieze-like scene of cavorting bodies — a heavy-breasted dog, a baby, a giant urinating faun — has been cut with peepholes similar to those of ‘head in the hole’ seaside follies.

 

Kindersley’s paintings evoke the fairy as a metamorphic being – a shapeshifting revenant of art, literature and folklore. He has described the fairy as a source of escapism – a release from the boredom and constraints of the everyday. Fairies have often seized the imaginations of eminent, respectable men (Arthur Conan Doyle, for example, was entranced by the Cottingley Fairies trick-photographs of 1917): they are adult fascinations as much as childhood fictions.

 

In Kindersley’s exhibition, fairies offer a parallel world akin to the make-believe of ‘adult baby’ fetishes, or the communal playacting depicted in Lars Von Trier’s The Idiots (1998), where bourgeois adults realise their ‘inner idiot’. The escapism of the fairy is also expressed as a delving backwards in time. Kindersley’s characters draw inspiration from sources including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry Fuseli’s painting after the play, Titania and Bottom (c. 1790), in which the queen of the fairies falls in love with Bottom, whose head has been replaced by that of an ass.

 

These and other resonances are transmitted through Kindersley’s stark linear style, reminiscent of the erotic cartoons of Jean Cocteau. Echoes of pagan ritual – as depicted in Roman sarcophagi or the orgiastic melee of Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne – mingle with the nineteenth-century dreamworlds of Edmund Dulac and Walter Crane, and their associated stories, in which winsome events turn violent and visceral on a whim.

 

The sections of canvas and fabric on which the works are painted are ragged offcuts from Central Saint Martin’s school of art, where Kindersley works as a life model. The enchanting world of the fairy is conjured through rough materials, reflecting an underlying dissonance — discernible throughout the exhibition — between the beautiful and the base. The holes cut in the pictures allow viewers to assume personae ranging from a newborn baby to a half-expelled shit.

 

Text by James Cahill

  • 1_DSC8010_WEB

    Installation View

  • 2_DSC8007_WEB

    Installation View

  • 3_DSC8015_WEB

    Installation View

  • 4_DSC8016_WEB

    Installation View

  • Night Dreaming

    Paul Kindersley

    Night Dreaming, 2018

    acrylic on found fabric with eyelets
    295 × 158cm

  • Devil Faun

    Paul Kindersley

    Devil Faun, 2018

    acrylic on found fabric with eyelets
    265 × 178cm

  • The Midsummer Night's Fairies

    Paul Kindersley

    The Midsummer Night's Fairies, 2018

    acrylic on found fabric with eyelets
    216 × 422cm

  • Mother and Child Reflected

    Paul Kindersley

    Mother and Child Reflected, 2018

    acrylic on found fabric with eyelets
    630 × 192cm

  • Fallen Man

    Paul Kindersley

    Fallen Man, 2018

    acrylic, found wood, plaster and fake pearls
    270 × 175cm

  • 10_DSC8019_WEB

    Installation View

  • Nymph Frieze I

    Installation View

  • Nymph I

    Paul Kindersley

    Nymph I, 2018

    acrylic on canvas
    25.5 × 66cm

  • Nymph II

    Paul Kindersley

    Nymph II, 2018

    acrylic on canvas
    25.5 × 25.5cm

  • Nymph III

    Paul Kindersley

    Nymph III, 2018

    acrylic on canvas
    25.5 × 25.5cm

  • Nymph IV

    Paul Kindersley

    Nymph IV, 2018

    acrylic on canvas
    25.5 × 25.5cm

  • Nymph V

    Paul Kindersley

    Nymph V, 2018

    acrylic on canvas
    25.5 × 25.5cm

  • Nymph VI

    Paul Kindersley

    Nymph VI, 2018

    acrylic on canvas
    25.5 × 25.5cm

Enquiry

Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you. Or you can contact us directly gallery@belmacz.com

Item

Sign Up to our newsletter