Between June 15th – 26th 2021, SomoS presents Carrion, the solo exhibition by SomoS resident artist Serge Serum (1993, Los Angeles). Transforming the exhibition space into a site of existential contemplation, his work portrays a cycle of violence, death, decay, and regeneration.
The show’s title recalls the poem "Carrion" from Charles Baudelaire’s "Les Fleurs du Mal," its celebration of mortality and rot, gruesome sensuality and rebirth, but also of the body-horror present in video games and zombie movies. Carrion features in religious thought, where it was considered taboo. Art-historically, Serum’s aesthetic and philosophical exploration of the beauty of decay follows a rich tradition of aesthetic morbidity such as found in classic vanitas painting.
Serum works intuitively, sometimes utilizing personal or staged photographs as a reference or drawing from memories of his upbringing in Los Angeles and Mexico. In his mixed-media works, the artist combines techniques such as oil painting, pastels, spray painting, and collaging fragments of photography and previous paintings. The results are ruthless, often dark and violent depictions of the human condition.
Work created by Serum over the course of his residency at SomoS will be presented in a final exhibition, Carrion, on display June 15th through June 26th at SomoS.
More Information about the exhibition on https://www.somos-arts.org/carrion/
SomoS asks that all visitors to the gallery wear face masks and maintain the recommended distance.
at Luckenwalder Straße 3
Thursday 24 June 2021 at 11:00h
at Niederkirchnerstraße 7
Monday 21 June 2021 at 10:00h
at Kottbusser Damm 95
Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 14:00h