'Perverted Effigy' is the starting point for
Neal Munro-Peebles 6 week residency in 340 Old Street. Neal will be
developing his installation within the gallery space for the duration of
the month providing an opportunity for a dialogue between artist and
viewer to take place.
Prostitutes calling cards found in city centre telephone boxes and the
religious effigies of Madonna and Child are the sources for Neal
Munro-Peebles palette. In these works Munro-Peebles combines these
incongruous images, overlaying them with gold leaf to create ornate
miniatures without shame, limitation and credence to their original
To Munro-Peebles religious icon or porno flick have a similar
iconographic power. As vessels for idolatry, fantasy or adoration both
act for him as signifiers for female subordination. By masking these
images with gold leaf and scratching through to reveal the underlying
figures, Munro-Peebles creates a series of muted sub-human forms, which
lose their original identity. Where traces of the originals peep
through, sexual fantasy and adulation become interlocked. We are at once
drawn to and affronted by the delicacy and disfigurement of these
distressed transgressive miniatures.
- Further information:
- Neal Munro Peebles has been in
group shows at RAW gallery London, AIR gallery London, Battersea Art
Fair and at 340 Old Street. He is 27 years of age, graduated in fine
art in 1998 and lives in London. "Perverted Effigy" will be his first
- 340 Old Street is a project space to
question, challenge and progressively contribute to contemporary art
- "340 Old Street exists to question,
challenge and progressively contribute to contemporary art and
culture." Terry Duffy 2003.
Terry Duffy (www.terryduffy.info)
is the owner and Director of 340 Old Street and an artist with a
national and international reputation that spans 25 years.
- 340 Old St, London EC1V 9DS www.340oldstreet.com