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'No Exit' by Evan Cagle
& 'Dogtooth' by Isabel Seliger

Wed, Apr 17, 19 / James BDP

We're delighted to release brand new work from two very exciting young artists this week. They have both tackled two tough briefs with great skill and a deep understanding of the source materials and we couldn't wait to share their work with you. 

'No Exit' is an infamous 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The play begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. It is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity, giving origin to Sartre's famous quote that "Hell is other people". If that plot seems familiar you've probably been watching Mike Schur's 'The Good Life' (Netflix), a TV series inspired by Sartre's classic masterpiece.

LA-based illustrator and scratchboard fiend Evan Cagle took the brief on and has produced a striking image, displaying both delicate finesse in his rendering of the decor and a bold, chaotic approach to the dress on the main mysterious figure in his illustration, which as Cagle explains:

"I couldn't bring myself to illustrate a scene from the play. For a work as loaded with significance as No Exit, it wouldn't do to be so literal. So instead I chose to anthropomorphize the infernal apartment itself, crowned with the urn which affords the characters the only reflective surface in which to see themselves. My hope is that the picture is as unsettling and layered with opportunities for interpretation as Sartre's work demands." - Evan Cagle

'No Exit' comes in two versions. A regular edition and a signed art print on Colorplan Mist paper, and goes on sale this Thursday 18 April at 5pm UK time from our shop

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3-colour 24" x 16" screenprint
270gsm Mohawk Superfine archival paper
Hand numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by White Duck Editions
Edition of 63



24" x 16" screen print
270gsm Colorplan Mist archival paper
Hand numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by White Duck Editions
Edition of 20
Signed by the artist

 

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'Dogtooth' is the film that brought Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Favourite) to our attention back in 2009. A film which in some ways shares the same themes as 'No Exit', only from a completely different angle. It tells the story of a Greek couple who keep their three adolescent offspring confined inside their fenced suburban property, not by force, but by the use of myth-building and lore. We won't say any more because spoilers but if you haven't watched it we very strongly recommend you do so. It's just brilliant. And a bit harrowing. And very funny. And totally original. But mainly just brilliant. 

Tasked with bringing Dogtooth to life is another BDP newcomer, Berlin-based Isabel Seliger. Her work is subtle, intelligent, and quietly confident so we felt we could test her with probably the toughest brief we've sent out yet. Dogtooth is such weird little gem that it necessitated an intelligent approach, and Seliger delivers. Her poster is full of symbolism, with a subtle play on confined spaces and is beautiful to look at to boot. We really love this one. 

'Dogtooth' by Isabel Seliger goes on sale this Thursday 18 April at 5pm UK time from our shop

As always you can sign up to our newsletter to receive an e-mail alert the moment our prints go on sale. 

 


18" x 24" screenprint

270gsm Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell
Hand numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by White Duck Editions
Edition of 38
£45