Helen Johnson: Warm Ties

Helen Johnson,warm ties,ICA

Warm Ties is a solo exhibition of Australian artist Helen Johnson, in collaboration with Artspace, Sydney. Johnson weaves and overlays historical and contemporary signifiers creating points of tension and reflection through the medium of painting. In this exhibition, the complex colonial relationship between Australia and Britain is dealt with on the level of the body, using large-scale paintings mounted to a structure that zigzags through the space.

An economy of images is established within and between paintings; some are given precedence, others made barely legible. The paintings are the size of theatre backdrops, in excess of the body, becoming sets before which to act. Mindful of the ICA’s location on The Mall, close to the seat of power that served as the originary point of Australia’s colonisation, some images concerning Australia’s fraught relationship to British culture and power are freighted back to their point of origin. Humour plays an important role in reflecting on this return—or perhaps more accurately, persistence—of the repressed.

Duration 01 February 2017 - 02 April 2017
Times 11am-6pm Wednesday to Sunday, and until 9pm on Thursdays
Cost Day membership (£1 during exhibition hours)
Venue ICA
Address 12 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
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