Matthew Cheale

  • Ilana Savdie, The Mouth briefly shut itself, 2022, Oil, acrylic and beeswax on canvas stretched on panel, 72 x 67"
    picks August 11, 2022

    Ilana Savdie

    “In Jest,” Ilana Savdie’s first solo show in Britain, offers a marshaled profusion of monstrous forms, glossy surfaces, cellular patterns, animal parts, gobbets of decaying human flesh, and huge expanses of unevenly saturated color. At first glance, the licks and curls of paint suggest Helen Frankenthaler or Lee Krasner gone fluorescent, but Savdie interrupts the surface of her abstractions with figurative elements sourced from her drawings and manipulations of images found in the digital realm (for instance, microscopic views of viruses or a clown’s performance ritual posted on social media).