Tango Two

2002-2010

Ballet 1

Image 1 of 9

Hackelbury Fine Art
London

Mandrake Tango bronzes installed with Auroras of Autumn monotypes. Anthropomorphic bronzes against ‘backcloth’ of tarlatan prints.

Whatever the medium, the up-ended root species from Rideal’s London garden go beyond fixed limits to occupy the imagination. Assembled singly, in pairs, threes or foursomes, like inspired performers, they freely adopt likely poses or strike up attitudes in a joyously varied ritual dance against a variety of real and simulated backdrops. Beyond Rideal’s concern with photographic process as much as natural form, here are potent metaphors for alchemy, renewal, sex, permanence, transience and death.
Richard Pincent, The Art Newspaper, March 2003

Mandrake Tango catalogue
Amherst Press