Louise Bonnet. Green Pantyhose, 2022. Oil on linen. 213.4 x 365.8 cm. © Louise Bonnet. Photo: Jeff McLane. Courtesy Gagosian
Gagosian is pleased to present “Onslaught,” an exhibition of new paintings by Louise Bonnet, and her first exhibition in Asia. Bonnet focuses on corporeal fluids as objects of societal disgust, investigating art historical precedents for their depiction and considering the ways in which modern aesthetic and ideological conventions complicate the ways in which they are now received. Her paintings explore our sense of mortification at our own bodies and the way they seem to betray us by leaking, sagging, or failing in various ways.
While Bonnet’s compositions are steered by her irresistible sense of the absurd, their subtle color and light also display sensitivity to the formal and atmospheric possibilities of oil paint. Seemingly imprisoned in stark, cramped rooms, and further restricted by the edges of the frame, her cartoon-like protagonists act out dramas of profound physical and psychological discomfort, reflecting instinctual drives and anxieties.
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