London Art Reviews

Magazine of art press and reviews from London

The Sun popped into the Cock and Bull Gallery, London by Ally McIntyre.

The Sun Popped, 2016 © Ally McIntyre, courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery, London.

The Sun Popped, 2016 © Ally McIntyre, courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery, London.

London – The Sun Popped, an Ally McIntyre’ exhibition at the Cock and Bull Gallery was magnificent. In these recent days of full moon craziness, when everybody around the world has his nose up to the night sky, the mind goes back to “Ally McIntyre: The Sun Popped” an interesting exhibition at the CNB Gallery, London.

The work of Ally McIntyre is normally loaded with symbolism. With a new approach, she brings together many different traditional genres and iconographies and, facing the tradition, mixes everything in her paintings.

Mainly, the exhibition “Ally McIntyre: The Sun Popped” was about the dichotomy between the Sun and the Moon. At the CNB Gallery show, the Sun is assumed to represent masculinity, the Moon symbolizes femininity, and the Solar System is the traditional family environment.

It is a path of thoughts leading to a criticism of the patriarchal culture. The Sun is the centre of the accepted astronomical model of the solar system, while the man is at the core of the traditional family. The parallel between the two is clear, as it is the one between the woman and the Moon. It recalls also myths and rituals of ancient religions, where the sun was worshipped for its power and considered the focal point – connecting McIntyre to the exhibition on Egyptians now ongoing at the British Museum, London.

The Sun Popped exhibition mirrors the personal opinions of McIntyre on contemporary feminist activism. It explored the moon as a traditional symbol of femininity and focused on the romantic ideas of the end of the sun, suggesting nothing is permanent and hoping in an imminent change.

In London, at the Cock and Bull Gallery, the work of Ally McIntyre was loaded with recurrent symbols, such as stars, nature, or animals. The artist used a mix of acrylic, glitter and spray paint on a collection of ten paintings.

(Continue on our new website…)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on December 8, 2016 by in Private Galleries, Reviews and tagged , , .

Archives

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,088 other followers

Follow me on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: