Saturday, May 24, 2008
a group exhibition conceived by Rochelle Fry
with Vanessa Billy, Dustin Ericksen and Giles Round.
The Four walls of the gallery have been covered with a single sheet of paper. The artists were invited to make work in relation to this modification of the gallery. Each work is a trace on the paper, and so drawing is the theme of this exhibition. The paper is to be re-used in a similar way in future exhibitions in different spaces.
Vanessa Billy, recent exhibitions:
Flexible values, Limoncello, London (solo)
Empty Centres, with Pamela Rosenkranz, BolteLang, Zurich (solo)
Wet and dry practice, The Hex, London (solo)
Blackwater, Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne
Pilot: 3, La Guidecca, Venice Biennale – London
Dustin Ericksen, recent exhibitions:
Hey, Rachmaninoff’s, London (solo)
Read Me! Text in Art, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Unit/Structures, Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
Masters and Johnson, Charro Negro Galleria, Guadalajara, Mexico
Giles Round, recent exhibitions:
The Sky was made for us tonight, Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (solo)
Everything is Repairable, White Cubicle, George & Dragon, London (solo)
Time Just Falls Away, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Life Without Work, Luke Dowd and Giles Round, Whitechapel Project Space, London
Unborrowed from the eye, John Connelly presents, New York
Spitting distance is the second exhibtion in an on-going collaborative dialogue between Mick Finch and Guillaume Paris. This collaboration is situatued in terms of shared thematic concerns in their individual artisitic practice. The present exhibition engages their respectives works in a dialogue. The sense of this collaborative engagement is best illustrated by another exhibition project which they are co-curating for an exhibition at the galerie de l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris entitled Insidious. In a recent text about Insidious published in /seconds.com they stated its objectives as
The first addresses the notion of 'insidiousness' structurally, as modus operandi. The collapse of a cold war dichotomy and the progressive establishment of hegemonic power relations gave rise to an increasing cynicism in the 1990s. In the "New World Order" of late-capitalist society, the omnipresent commodity is erected as fetish. The logic of globalisation has arguably transformed symbolic orders to serve its own ends and has refashioned cultural forms upon models of communication and spectacle. The mechanisms delivering ideology's disciplinary forms have progressively permeated into the sphere of the everyday.
The second axis parallels this arguably emerging gestalt of a world view or sensorium. It looks at the symbiotic problematic of the logic of representation and rhetoric that is appropriate in the face of it. The works considered are centred around the question of power and its representation, in close relationship to the rise of mass culture (and the cultural industry at large). As such, they address both the problem of the autonomy of the work of art and that of the aestheticisation of politics.
It thus appears that 'insidious' designates at once a process of signification (a signifying strategy) and a thematic (the representation of power).
The works presented in Spitting Distance engage this territory. Paintings exhibited by Mick Finch, videos and image based works by Guillaume Paris.