RAINRAIN is pleased to announce the group exhibition What Do Angels Look Like?, running from November 30, 2023 to February 3, 2024 with works by Henry Chapman, Judy Chung, Craig Jun Li, David Moy, Martha Poggioli, Jake Reed, and Emma Safir. With a title that poses a question about the discrepancy between widespread visual representations and biblical records of a theistic being, the show engages with the ways in which artists unmask the potentiality for alternative interpretations and definitions of commonly accepted perceptions.
The myth around angels’ true figures has become both a scriptural exposition and an internet meme. While angels are mostly depicted in a sacred, serene manner in art historical paradigms, beyond this context, a diverse spectrum emerges, presenting the possibility of distinctive and sometimes contrasting forms or descriptions. Time and again, concepts and ideas are reinforced, dissipated, or otherwise misconstrued. But what remains is the tension between the assumed truth and a budding desire to challenge it. What Do Angels Look Like? brings together artworks that gauge, tease and subvert societally calibrated and historically canonized notions, which rarely receive reassessment or revision but very much deserve such.