a Contemporary Nativity
by Pete Codling
Private View Thursday 6th December 6pm
Exhibition 7th December to 12 January 2019
An antidote perhaps to the saccharine and commercial fest that Christmas has become Naivety is a contemporary Nativity scene created by looking at the traditional players of the Christmas story and re-inventing them through a contemporary lens. Pete Codling’s large series of charcoal drawings was made with the intention to open some seasonal discussion on what Christmas is about for all of us. It is a body of work which throws up so many questions and sparks interaction between the viewer, the work and the artist which is exactly what the artist thrives on. His ‘take’ on the 3 Wise Men had me asking myself who would I choose to represent that particular visiting delegation in my own imaginary version. The heavenly host of angels are riot police with golden helmet halos, Gandhi has a walk on part as a shepherd, well known faces appear as players and familiar scenarios play out to both jarring and sometimes comically poignant effect.
‘His work is full of narrative references to classical, mythological and religious themes with contemporary subversions, political and personal content. The illustrative and loaded images are composed to hold an audience in ways a photograph cannot.’ To see the full series click here