Closing today at Leontia Gallery in London, “FLESH” exhibits sensual, raw and dark new works by Magnus Gjoen, Flora Borsi, Maria Koshneneko, Mariska Karto. Their pieces examine the beautiful and fragile, haunting and disturbing aspects of the figure, reinterpreted in a variety of media. Each sheds new light on this classical idea, by embracing it with contemporary and pop styles mixed with the influences of fine art. For example, Gjoen (previously covered here) portays his signature skulls, deadly in the absence of human flesh, here replaced with decorative floral motifs. Maria Koshneneko portrays original, glass sculptures of a ‘lucid’ and ‘confused’ human heart. It’s shiny prettiness is subdued by the fact it is dangerously exposed outside of its element. Flora Borsi and Mariska Karto zoom out to experience ‘flesh’ in fantasic surroundings. Their digital photo manipilations obscure their subject’s face which avoids any personal identification, instead creating an emotional experience with atmosphere and drama.