The Maddox Gallery proudly presents Faith by Haris Nukem, an exhibiton which conversely blends opposing themes: old with new; dull with vibrant. Nukem portrays that which is often disappointing and ugly to examine as simultaneously stunning and eerie (see The Pursuit), while maintaining the ability to shock and provoke serious thought. The modern social commentary and depiction of the human condition in Faith lends a comparison between Nukem’s work and Banksy’s, albeit with a large disclaimer attached – Nukem is far more colourful and increasingly less anonymous!
To say that Nukem provides a revelation to the ignorant is an oversimplification because the allegories he conveys in his work are not state secrets, as demonstrated by Counting Blessings, a comment on the NHS’ record staff shortages through a depiction of a midwife taking the shape of motherhood through her self-sacrifice. Rather, the ‘hidden meanings’ of Nukem’s work is often that found in topics seldom discussed and the problems facing our society that are so opaque, they blend into everyday life unnoticed, such as Status Update, which shows a social media dissenter reflecting on whether in an online age of mimicry we have lost our identity to conditioning? Nukem beautifully illustrates the invisible, illuminating and breathing credence into shocking societal problems we should recognise more, perhaps best seen in Memento Mori, a work which explores humanity’s ignorance to the beauty of the world, dishonouring life’s gifts and standing on the achievements of others.
A North London-based artist, Nukem has shot covers for a vast range of publications including Mixmag, Beautiful Bizarre, Noctis, Lowdown, and in 2017 Nukem directed Firetrap’s A/W TV campaign. He has also shot campaigns for BOY London, Selfridges, Twisted Tailor, Without Prejudice, ADYN and Glitterbox.
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6 – 27 September 2019
Maddox Gallery, Mayfair