Lewisham Arthouse: Christopher Oliver 'The Mysterious Function of Belief' (until 27th April 2014)
Oliver's press release is a good starting point for the viewer to immerse his/herself in the Arthouse gallery space. He explains: "there is no preferred medium", and this is clear in his work, as there is little consistency in his use of media, allowing diversity and maneuver in his elaborate and profound subject choices. With this, it is intriguing to find popular culture references in his 'Les Mystères Obliques de Nos Propres Efforts', which includes the faces of fairly famous female figures including Rashida Jones and Marion Cotillard, which seems to place emphasis on the false idolisation in celebrity culture. Beyond a mere portrait-style photograph of the chosen celebrity, the artist has used mixed media to "create something beautiful for its own sake", although the intent glares of some of the images including Rashida Jones, pictured below, lure the audience into taking each aspect of Oliver's art-making into consideration, including personal impact.
Apologies for the poor quality
Photograph taken by Let's Make Lots of Monet