Rodeo Gallery: Apostolos Georgiou 'From My Heart' (until 16th June 2018)
To add further mystery and intrigue, none of the paintings are titled, and it is this that really creates an isolation between viewer and image. What I mean by this is that we are not offered anything as context or to fill in the gaps: even the press release is just objective conjecture descriptions of the different paintings, which feels like a satire of the gallery's role in aiding our understanding of the work. Despite the age we're living in where we are all supposed to be proud of who we are, Georgiou's work reminds us that in the real world, shame and uncertainty is still rife. On the gallery's first floor, we encounter a man covering his face while showing us a letter with a black heart in the middle; the humiliation of potentially unveiling our true emotions is too much to bear.
In the same space, we find what is a true highlight of the exhibition, a woman sat in a dark blue room on a bed of a lighter hue, in total isolation other than a long rifle placed beside her. The fact that the weapon is depicted in a space as sacred and intimate as a bedroom makes the image even more eerie, alongside the visual motif that the female figure does not have a mouth, again prohibiting her from full expression. You cannot help but be reminded of gun culture and violence in America upon viewing the painting; it is subtly haunting and boldly arresting.