Lara Johnson-Wheeler, Show Studio, February 9, 2017

Last night, young British artist Alba Hodsoll opened her show 'PoV' at the Cob Gallery, 25 Royal College Street. Curated by SHOWstudio contributor Dominic Jones and founder of GIRLS ONLY Antonia Marsh, the show explores perspective, the representation of the nude form and the question of anonymity in intimacy.  


'PoV' borrows its title from an acronym that describes a genre of pornography in which sexual acts are filmed and watched from the point of view of one partner. Lit by imposing red bulbs, the works explore scenes of sexual activity, a concept that becomes apparent only with a shift of perspective. Hodsoll creates limbs, genitals and juicy flanks through rounded areas of colour and fluid lines implying negation of space. Distorting the relationship between viewer and subject, the pieces force the viewer into a narcissistic self-comparison with the work.