Let's talk about the young artist Bambous Gili, one of the new voices in contemporary painting who reinterprets the vision by depicting social or humorous themes
In one of our previous articles, the collector Timothy Tan spoke about Bambou Gili as one of the future promises of the art world. That is why Villazan Presents today takes a closer look at the work of this young new yorker woman who, at the age of twenty-six, has managed to reinterpret with unique style themes such as social maladjustment, loneliness and resistance caused by enantiodromia, identity as a woman, humor, racial prejudice, nightlife, and uncertainty.
Achieving such a personal mark on subjects that are so much in demand nowadays is very difficult, but Gili chooses a vision that is both surprising and logical: comfort.
Achieving such a personal mark on subjects so much in demand nowadays is very difficult, but Gili chooses a surprising and logical vision: comfort. The protagonists of her paintings can have green skin, enormous feet, not wear a single item of clothing and be in the "least feminine" posture according to the standards that do not make them feel uncomfortable. The viewer becomes embarrassed, thinking that the problem lies in his or her gaze for being uneasy about the scene presented in the painting.
These situations usually occur at night, drawn in cold, deep colors. The artist chooses this period of the day because it is when the strangest events can happen and be somehow justified by the fact that they occur at that time. Characters run wild while the viewer finds it surreal and fictitious.
Throughout the history of art, women's bodies and identities have been mainly interpreted by men. It is now that artists such as Bambou Gili reformulate them through their work
Her sources of inspiration range from folklore, as she demonstrated by titling her first exhibition "The Non-existent Night" in honor of Italo Calvino's novel Cavaliere Inesistente (1961), to her three favorite mushrooms, to which she dedicates the painting "Entangled Life" that she made after reading Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by English biologist Merlin Sheldrake. Even from world-renowned classics such as Ophelia, to which she pays tribute, where the protagonist instead of being in a lake surrounded by flowers is in the bathtub of her house with a can of beer next to her. In the end, life is more like the latter.
Throughout the history of art, women's bodies and identities have been mainly interpreted by men. It is now that artists such as Bambou Gili reformulate them through their work, including the current social spheres that concern us and losing any kind of shame when it comes to bringing the spectator closer to reality.