Creating a multi-sensory experience for viewers, 'Fuzzy Futures' is an ingenious exhibition from one of the most exciting talents to emerge in recent years. On display at Maddox Gallery Shepherd Market - which has doubled up as Chaumeton's studio for the last 3 months - the exhibition will run from the 18th of October until the 5th of November.
With a nostalgia for the past and an eye to the future, Sebastian Chaumeton's work is a representation of his generation. Blurring the boundaries of identity in a painterly fashion, his canvas paintings give order to the overload of information that permeate our screens on a daily basis. Attempting to make sense of the world we live in, each of Chaumeton's paintings provide commentary on an amalgamation of ideas ranging from meme culture, politics, art history, data misuse, social media and materialism.
Referring to the materiality of his paintings, 'Fuzzy Futures' is a double entendre on the texture of Chaumeton's work; from the inclusion of muppet and puppet characters to the fuzziness of a partially downloaded photo, the surficial elements of his paintings are designed to slow down the viewing process. Primarily comprised of 15 paintings, 7 sculptures and video installation, Chaumeton's multi-layered works are engrained with his interest in art history; with compositional elements hinting at other famous paintings from the likes of Matisse's 'Dance' and Hokusai's 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa'.
By playing with the context of existing artworks, Chaumeton's visionary reimaginings recontextualise their original aesthetic by placing them in a white limbo space. Reflecting the luminous digital screens that have infiltrated our everyday lives, nostalgic characters from Chaumeton's childhood such as Kermit the Frog, the Cookie Monster and the Teletubbies all float around in a nondescript void. Charged with contemporary social commentary, the characters and composition take on a new, impactful meaning.
A limited-edition print, part of an edition of 50 and signed by Chaumeton, will be available to purchase on the opening night.