Milk of Human Kindness
Opening May 2nd 2008 6 p.m.
Halle am Wasser/Invalidenstrasse 50 - 51
May 3rd - June 14th 2008
Jarmuschek+Partner is pleased to announce the opening of its new location with Martha Parsey. "Milk of Human Kindness" is the fourth exhibition by the young British artist held in conjunction with Jarmuschek+Partner.
The gallery is situated in close proximity to the Riekhallen of Hamburger Bahnhof. The new location offers the perfect space for an all-embracing retrospective, displaying the artists recent work. Martha Parsey (born 1973 in London and now living and working in Cologne) focuses on the sex appeal of contemporary art, obsolete role models and the convoluted self-perception of human society.
Her early works in the exhibition reflect upon and aptly observe the superficiality and inner void of high society in the 1990's. Her protagonists are mainly female, sometimes famous, enacting their roles. They are young, beautiful, posing with masks, labels and weapons, bored to death.
"Vaseline" (2000) unmasks the voyeuristic tendencies in the obeserver. The pictogramm of a martial target line sharpens our eye and leads it directly to a smoking blondes' abdomen. The figure with the artificial make-up suddenly seems to be vulnerable and naked, yet, she withstands the penetrating looks. The focus towards significance replaces an abundance of details and symbols. Remaining contents, however, are more physical and faces more prominent. Her "silver age", including works such as "All things to All Men", showing a black woman in a silver suit of armour, is now followed by the four newest works "Beyond the Pale", "Show Your Mettle", "Copper-bottomed" and "Milk of Human Kindness". These copper pictures herald a new era. The eponymous exhibit is less influenced by the modern world, but displays timeless beauty. The glamour of Parsey's early works, that once ironically outplayed contemporary glossies, is now engineered by the shiny copper of a jug filled with milk. "Milk of Human Kindness" is carried by two copper-haired females somewhere between vamp and goddess. Yet the observer has to realise that in the alleged second woman he will only meet a projection. Martha Parsey studied Art and Design at Central St. Martins College in London, Audio-Visual Communication at the Hochschule der Künste as well as Directing and Production at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie, both in Berlin. Her paintings not only caused a stir at Eleven Fine Art (2006) or Jeffrey Charles in London (2003), but also at Ludwig Forum Aachen (2000), in Barcelona, Cologne, Bochum, Zurich and Berlin. She is also known for her affiliation to acting and directing. In 1998 she directed a short film at Centre Pompidou on Francis Bacon. The London Instiute of Arts honoured her with a prestigous award, the comprehensive retrospective "Martha Parsey Painting" (2003). Her work continues to be displayed at an impressive exhibition in Berlin - Milk of Human Kindness.