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Intelligence The Big Oil Splash

The Lazarides Gallery will be open until the 1st of September with 'The Big Oil Splash,’ a solo exhibition by French artist Aguirre Schwarz, also known as Zevs.

Zevs is well known for his 'liquidation' technique, where logos such as those of Google or Chanel have been distorted by drips of paint. In Zevs' version we see oil company logos on the wall of the modernist building, melting realistically down into the pool, where they create rainbow sheens of pollution. The Hockney-inspired section occupied the first room in the gallery, can be seen from the street. The second phase of the exhibition runs into the back room. On entry, guests are given a pair of magenta UV-protective sunglasses and a coin. Inside, a sunbed, that unfolds the artist's meditation on serenity and the intricate dynamics of people, power and pleasures. Viewers insert the coin into the sunbed, and when it whirs to life, so do the room, and the brightly colored monochrome paintings around, inspired by Yves Klein's works and composed in a UV-sensitive paint. With images of American Dream scenes (Palm trees and Yatch) that disappear when the sunbed finish is round.

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Max Siteman