Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Dasha Shishkin, small sharp weapons and a hunk of kick-ass cheese, 2019, acrylic and sanguine on cloth, 29 1⁄2 × 51 1⁄8".

Dasha Shishkin, small sharp weapons and a hunk of kick-ass cheese, 2019, acrylic and sanguine on cloth, 29 1⁄2 × 51 1⁄8".

Dasha Shishkin

L21 Gallery

At the center of Dasha Shishkin’s work is a cast of characters hopelessly entangled, torn apart by desire, or pleasurably relaxed as they let themselves go. Everything is suffused with erotic tension, surging up and undermining systems of order. Shishkin has long been working on a recalibration of painterly figuration, exploring the human and especially the female figure in relation to pictorial space. In staging her characters, she emphasizes the carnal, keeping their bodies, whether filled with lust or just calmly being themselves, close to dissolution in color field structures. The animal self is always central, but it, too, moves within the tension between amorphous clusters of forms and Mannerist exaggeration, leaving space for the grotesque and for the erotic-play instinct while allowing the work to come up against the borders of comics and caricature.

The title of this exhibition,

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