Felix Treadwell: Little Dark Fantasy & Giovanni Vetere: Fleas in my Scales

13/07/2019 - 03/08/2019


Union Gallery is pleased to present “Little Dark Fantasy”, a new body of oil paintings by Felix Treadwell, curated by William Gustafsson.

“Little Dark Fantasy” explores the immersive genre of fantasy. The works balance between the precarious overlapping of imagination, reality and fantasy in a series of heavily charged paintings, detailing the story of a seemingly shy, pretty girl, acting out this cruel and murderous act.

Treadwell feeds us this loose storyboard-like narrative to navigate our most intense perversions. In an attempt to lose yourself into the fantasy created by Treadwell, one enters an experience between the viewer, character and artist. Through this parallel fantasy world, the character adopts a new fictitious persona in the temporary sphere of “gaming” fantasy.

Entering into this world Treadwell places an anthropomorphic green goblin figure, symbolizing the genre of fantasy for evil and malice. The goblin acts as our desire to shift our identity even further and become things impossible to our own current existence. The character is a product of individual introspection, where the girl is unshackled from her previous reality and is no longer clouded by any senses of morality.

Fantasy allows us to explore our own human condition, obtaining abilities superior to ones personal self or conduct acts outside our socially accepted norm. Treadwell manifests the girl in her “player character” as the fictional setting increasingly engrosses her. Her actions no longer have real life consequences. The true-self becomes passive, yet Treadwell gives us glimpses, anxious eyes wide open, of the girl reacting to her lengthy endeavor within the narrative. These evocative scenes encompass the view into Treadwell’s Little Dark Fantasy.

Felix Treadwell (b. 1992) graduated MA Painting from the Royal College of Art after completing his BA in Painting at Camberwell College of Arts. Treadwell received the Hix Award in 2014 before taking up a residency at the Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Recent exhibition include; LTD Los Angeles , LA, USA (2019), L21, Mallorca, ES (2018), MA Painting Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK (2018), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London & Newcastle, (2018/17).

Felix Treadwell lives and works in London, UK


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Union Gallery is pleased to present Fleas in my Scales, a sculptural and sound installation by Giovanni Vetere, in collaboration with The Orange Garden

“The first ecological gesture is to live and situate ourselves as living beings among other living beings.” Luce Irigaray

Fleas in my Scales tells the story of future histories. It offers an imaginative extension of our present condition in the form of a fantastic world, in which science, society and a heightened awareness of environmentalism intersect.

Giovanni Vetere draws inspiration from the information, ideas, and techniques of science in order to create and assemble complex narratives, iconographies, installations and environments. His practice intersects with this field by consolidating various methods of observation and expression such as the privileging of sensory experience, attention to pattern or archetype, the employment of symbolic language or form, and the consideration of nature.

By taking a scientific fact and building an imaginary around it, Giovanni’s work acts as a critical function to society and plays with notions of potentiality and actualisation. By concerning himself with the contingencies involved in producing the future, the artist interrogates the constraints and limitations of our capacity to imagine a more harmonious world in which humanity is finely attuned to the environment.
Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we get there?

If we understand the human body as a molar subject in the Deleuzean sense, in that we are forged by social, political, cultural, biological, physical and historical flows, then we can infer that we can better understand the world based upon our perception and awareness of these flows.

By adopting a post-humanist stance towards the Deleuzian body, the artist aims to
de-centre the way we perceive our own bodies by insisting upon the idea that we are chiasmically entwined with the world and that all human beings are permeable and permeate one another. We are thus fundamentally trans-corporeal and are constantly pulled into a symbiotic relationship with other bodies.

The focus of the exhibition is on how new paradigms (of art and science) are finding new ways to break down life and build it up again, and what this might mean for how we understand kinship and ourselves. In Fleas in my Scales, the artist aims at
de-sedimenting our human-scaled perspective of the world in order to investigate our lived experience beyond this point.

Vetere lives and works in London, UK and Rome, IT

Sound by Portamento