William Stewart - Ancient Dialogues
Feb 2nd - March 31st
Ancient Greek art has been a reference point and creative influence throughout the centuries. By creatively juxtaposing images of ancient statues with corresponding nudes, William sets up a visual dialogue across millennia - a dialogue that develops its own intriguing dynamics.
Ancient Dialogues operates on a number of intersecting levels. In its first instance, it reminds us of the sensuality and eroticism - albeit usually attributed to goddesses - that was part and parcel of the ancient sculptors' work and which would have been naturally well understood and appreciated in the context of the time. Under the weight of the following centuries dominated by Christian culture - and subsequently in the 18th and 19th centuries dominated by earnest and more scholarly veneration of the human body - the natural adoration and appreciation of the human body was coerced into a straight jacket of serious 'classical art'.
The photos of the nude models artfully and self-consciously pay tribute to the timeless influence of their ancient sisters in stone. The pairings of ancient statues with contemporary nudes in William's work are a vibrant testimony to the ongoing relevance of ancient aesthetic principles for today's world.
Follow the link 'Notes on Ancient Dialogues' for William Stewart's artist statement.