Press release, September 2019
This Exhibition is Inspired by Real Events
Rachel Ara, Beagles & Ramsay, Philip Glazer, Fintan Ryan
Taking the absence of evidence proving the existence of reality as its starting point This exhibition is inspired by real events brings together artists whose practices pick at and question some of the constructed realities the deluded masses of western society have erected in a frantic effort to hide from the horrifying uncertainty of the universe. From the most recent neo-liberal assault on truth, ‘fake news’, to ecstatic proto-geriatrics grinding endlessly to the hypnotic beat of a bargain basement X-Factor, and presented within tromp l’oeil wall drawings that act as a liminal “other place”, the show invites the viewer to reflect on the sheer confusion we are all in.
Rachel Ara is a conceptual and data artist who explores the relationships between gender, technology and systems of power. In 2016 she won the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 for This Much I’m Worth, the self-evaluating artwork. In 2018 Ara was made Artist in Residence at the V&A Museum in London. Ara has exhibited at, amongst others, Whitechapel Gallery, Barbican Centre, Humber Street Gallery and the V&A.
Beagles & Ramsay (b. 1968/1970 UK) live and work in Glasgow, Scotland. They have worked collaboratively since 1996. Their work has been exhibited widely in the UK and also internationally at venues including the Venice Biennale, PS1 and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Migros Museum, Zurich, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Philip Glazer is a Copenhagen based painter and draughtsman working in a post-digital, post-internet, post-material, post-truth world. His work touches on the themes of authenticity, the anti hero, digital mark-making, the myth of the artist and self-inflicted martyrdom.
Fintan Ryan was born once, a long time ago. He draws drawings, animates animations, films films and occasionally performs performances. He spent a lot of his life in Dublin, Ireland, was in Edinburgh, Scotland for a while and is now in London, England.
Opening: Friday September 6th, 5-9pm.
Exhibition period: September 7th - September 28th, 2019.
Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday 1-5pm.