The Outsiders Gallery: Chloe Early 'Suspended' (until 3rd May 2014)
Although the gallery is split into two rooms, with an additional space for video display, the themes of the exhibition remain consistent from start to finish. 'Something Shiny Slips Away', pictured below, conveys the aforementioned sense of loss and how we are not as in control of our ultimate plight as we would like to dream. Each image displayed at the Outsiders Gallery at the moment sees Early combining the representational techniques she is now famed for with a beautiful, poignant decorative value which places emphasis on her chosen medium, as we see her use of paint destructively, yet somehow neatly, drip down the canvas. This marriage of artistic strategies not only makes Early's work distinctive, but it also enforces questioning as to the message of the painting.
The artist's statement of wanting to "transcend all the background noise and elevate my figures out of the mundane" is clear in these paintings, as it is almost as if time has frozen around her characters and momentum is created with the expression created by specific colour fusions. 'Something Shiny Slips Away' is an image of archetypal femininity with an added sense of losing one's innocence, as the female figure loses grip of the balloons, a clear symbolism of childhood and simplicity. Excitingly, the press release states that Early has been inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's iconic eighteenth century sculpture 'The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa', which is a powerful piece of art documenting raw, sacred human emotion. Another of Early's paintings, 'Interceptor', replaces any material culture with nature. The distance between mankind and nature is a theme that is often ignored in contemporary art, but when this is not so, the connection, or lack thereof, is usually addressed politically. 'Interceptor' as a title is ambiguous as the gaze of the female figure is on the owl in the painting, yet it is possible that the artist is implying that humans are intercepting the natural world.