White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition by Magnus Plessen. This exhibition, featuring paintings made in the last two years, is a continuation of his ‘1914’ series of work, further exploring and developing its themes.
A number of the works reference traditional art historical themes and motifs such as memento mori, vanitas and the myth of Narcissus. In Untitled (23) (2016), a pregnant nude is depicted in an archetypal odalisque pose: from above, a string of plaited DNA emerging from her belly. In Untitled (24) (2016), the female figure appears to move fluidly in and out of representation, seeming to grow and then dissolve within one composition. Originally a landscape format, by orientating the work in different ways Plessen introduces new dynamics and a new kind of abstraction which destabilises the relationships of object and subject, painting and viewer.