Eva Rothschild

South London Gallery

The advance notice was striking: The gallery’s tabloid-style newsletter featured a set of images in which individuals stand against a gallery wall holding snakes. Sometimes fondling the creatures, sometimes wearing them entwined around their arms or necks like exotic jewelry, the human subjects look entirely comfortable with their seductive, intimate, and potentially murderous companions. “Here,” Eva Rothschild seems to be saying with her photographs, “this is what I do.” The snakes are like simple, abstract lines, folding and refolding, moving from one to two to three dimensions. In this regard, they echo forms found throughout her work, and evident again here: the plaited leather that often covers metal armatures, as in Higher Love (all works 2007); sinuous shapes, like that of the twisted, tense loop of Muscles.

Eleven works, primarily sculptures, were on view at South London Gallery,

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