Gallery 46 is proud to present the first joint exhibition in London and first full collaboration by Paul Renner and Paul Sakoilsky. Working around themes of transformation, corruption and conservation, the show presents a banquet of the senses and a magic bullet for these dark times.
THIS IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN refers to the numerous doors of Gallery 46, where Renner & Sakoilsky show their latest art works. Here the artists traverse a multi-dimensional labyrinth within the gallery’s three 18th century terraced houses and a series of 7 specially created rooms
Renner creates environments where the aesthetic takes on the infinite, where all divisions collapse and the six senses fuse into one. His method is anarchic, subversive and experimental, following William Blake’s words: ´The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom’. And if it doesn’t, so much the better.
Sakoilsky’s darkly humorous, subversive media hijackings of his potlatch newspaper ‘The Dark Times’ sit alongside the iconography of expressive cityscapes, at once banal and cosmological, revealing the barbarity and beauty of contemporary London. And a series of still lifes accords with another of Blake’s notions – the glimpsing of Heaven in a grain of sand.
The artists first met working for the Viennese Aktionnist, Hermann Nitsch, in his Orgien Mysterien Theater. At the core of both their work is a vital, sensual and conceptual engagement with the world, embracing travel, arcane histories, pataphysical realities, and a shared fascination with historical and contemporary artwork, as well as the literature of the ‘anti-tradition’. Renner and Sakoilsky have exhibited and collaborated in past group expositions, most recently, ‘Transformazione’ at the Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy (2017).
THIS IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN
Press Afternoon: 6th June, timing TBC
Private View: 7th June 7 – 10pm
8th June – 7th July
46 Ashfield Street