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Black Light

Black Light


Dalston Superstore is proud to announce an exhibition of a medium we have never showcased before.

BLACK LIGHT is the inaugural exhibition of body-artist Emma Allen and photographer Andre Ainsworth.

This series of images sees the collaboration between Emma Allen and Andre Ainsworth. Inspired by the bioluminescence, transparency, and grace of deep sea creatures; transferring the qualities of these curious creatures to a human form.

Ainsworth and Allen developed a technique using body paint and a combination of light from the ultraviolet and visible spectrums. This allowed the bodies to become luminescent, bringing the imagined characters to life. The human form is being transformed using paint and light rather than creating characters digitally. The result is a series that is beautifully surreal and yet slightly unnerving. 

In a world of so much digital manipulation and prosthetic makeup, I like to see how much I can trick the eye with just a hand and brush.” said Allen.

At its core, the art of body painting and fine art has had a contentious and unsure relationship. Part of Allen's charm is her ability to transcend these two opposing worlds, making her work straightforward and enchanting.

About the artist:

Emma Allen is a London artist whose work fuses many disciplines, from body-painting and animation to textiles and fine art. Recent projects include the animated self portrait, Ruby and the ongoing portraiture collaboration with Cancer Research UK to paint the heads of chemotherapy patients. As well as ongoing private commissions, on an ongoing basis she works with the arts charity she founded in Sri Lanka and London-based textiles recycling charity, TRAID.

About the photographer:

Photographer Andre Ainsworth spent a decade in the world of dance music documenting the London and international scenes for Mixmag, Ministry and DJ Magazine. He now specialises in food and drink styling with clients such as Perrier-Jouet Champagne, Remy Martin Cognac and The Dorchester. 

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Join both Emma Allen and Andre Ainsworth for the Private View of Black Light on Wednesday 13th November from 7pm to late at Dalston Superstore.

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