25th Feb - 6th March, Thu - Sun, 11:00 - 17:00
Informed by speculative and supernatural fiction, Marc Hulson’s paintings survey a specifically pictorial, psycho-symbolic realm. Produced over a period spanning the pandemic, the works presented here distil gothic imagery – the haunted mirrors, sinister masks and severed heads of the horror story - into minimal, compressed motifs.
The imploding forms and surfaces of the balloons that appear in many of these recent paintings invoke physical displacement and mutation, teasing out pictorial metaphors for collective mind states of unease or uncertainty. Warped emblems of selfhood emerge as the anachronic medium of painting reflects back the dysmorphic mirrors of the digital realm: operating somewhere between the devotional space of the icon and the expressive register of the emoji, these deflated, defacialized ‘heads’ collapse affect and appearance into one fragile, distorted surface.
The instability or vulnerability of the human body and psyche is a common theme in popular genres like horror and the fantastic: the idea that stable existential constructs might at any moment dissolve into vertiginous indeterminacy or fluid metamorphosis recurs as both promise and threat throughout the history of these shared imaginaries. As the psycho-affective pressures of our era intensify, horror’s metaphorical potentiality is thrown into sharp focus.
About the Artist
Marc Hulson is a London based visual artist working primarily with the media of painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited at public, private and independent galleries in the U.K. and internationally including the exhibitions ‘Saturn’ at Transition 2, London (2019), ‘HOUSEKEEPER’ at Sagacity, Brussels (2018), ‘The Yellow Sleep’ at Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany (2014) and the national touring exhibition ‘3:AM’ at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. He also practices collaboratively in diverse fields (moving image, sound, installation, performance) and contributes to the programme at the artists’ co-operative association and project-space Five Years. He is an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
About The Bomb Factory
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation was founded on the premise that art, artists and creative culture offer significant value in our society. Our mission is to support artists, cultural organisations and educational institutions to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the viewing and creation of art. The Bomb Factory enables contemporary visual arts practice to thrive through the provision of affordable studio and exhibition space as well as a supportive network of artists where peer collaboration and critique is encouraged.
Private View: Thursday 24th February 2022, 6-9pm, Tickets
Dates: 25th February - 6th March
Opening Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11:00 - 17:00. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Location: The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, Archway
Transport: Overground - Upper Holloway, Northern Line - Archway