We all have a passing acquaintance with the generic instructional figures from airline safety cards. Nameless cartoons that we glance at while the aircraft taxis, then dismiss from our minds as we replace the card in the seat-back pocket.
Xero has not dismissed them. He has exalted them in a series of paintings, comprising his exhibition entitled “Flight Zero”. Freed from the constraining narrative context of the safety cards, the figures become paintings that are bold, beautiful and simple, and at the same time, quietly unsettling and thought-provoking.
A close-up shows a woman’s hands buckling her life-vest over her seat