LEAD ME NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Jane Hayes Greenwood
Exhibition: 14th October – 10th November 2017
Between October and November 2017, Block 336 presented Lead Me Not Into Temptation, a solo exhibition of new work by the artist and Block 336 Founding Director Jane Hayes Greenwood.
Comprising paintings, works on paper and a major sculptural installation – Lead Me Not Into Temptation continued the artist’s exploration of desire, shame and the erotic body. In the exhibition the desired and the consumable are framed within an Eden-like landscape that references personal, art and apocryphal histories.
Hayes Greenwood entangles images of bodies and food and appropriates from a wide range of sources. From historic Ethiopian mural painting, Gothic carving, fifties confectionary and contemporary visual culture; different elements are juxtaposed and rub-up against each other to generate unlikely and often humorous associations. Exploiting a seductive pop palette and slick graphic lines, Hayes Greenwood’s paintings feign clarity and calm whilst alluding to other worlds of greedy excess and anxious uncertainty. Pictorial absurdity is used as a device to disguise complex and multi-layered meanings and hint at narratives that twist the familiar into something more disturbing.
The exhibition was accompanied by a free printed publication that featured images of the artist’s work with commissioned text by Thomas Groves.
An in conversation and publication launch was held in association with this exhibition.
The exhibition was kindly supported by The Arts Council England, City & Guilds of London Art School and GIRLPOWER COLLECTION.