Charlie Smith London: Wendy Mayer 'Curious Room' (until 30th July 2016)
Charlie Smith London, EC1V, has put together a show which focuses heavily on sculptural work and pushes it to its limits, as hyperrealism is often able to do. As aforementioned, it is clear that the artist's practice is saturated with personal, perhaps scarring, memories and trapped emotions, whether these are Mayer's own or drawn from external inspiration. In 'Cocoon', the first sculpture merging vinyl and ceramics, an artificial head is held within a ceramic vase bearing the design of a shell, suggesting a strong binding relationship between mankind and nature. In fact the intensity of the piece combined with the almost suffocating closeness with which the head is fixed to the vase implies that there is a kind of metamorphosis afoot, yet the identity and physicality of the figure is frozen in time. It then becomes clear that the artist is playing with the idea of memories transcending through time and affecting the individual's own future by incorporating the past.