Insurgencies – by Shane Bradford & Peter Lamb
Sept 2nd-3rd October 2011
New exhibition highlights young artists insurgent attitudes towards contemporary painting.
Insurgencies opens Fri September 2nd 2011 at the intriguing, privately run, not-for-profit space Angus-Hughes in Clapton. Conceived and organized by artists Peter Lamb and Shane Bradford the show emphasizes artistic strategies that use ideas of collapse and failure to energise their work and aims to recreate conditions that nurture insurgent attitudes often homogenised by the familial processes of art world presentation and consumption.
As well as curating Lamb and Bradford will exhibit along side some of their contemporaries, almost all in-demand artists at different stages of their careers. Including Nina Beier, Oscar Murillo, Hans Jörg Mayer, Thomas Øvlisen, Aney Catford and Ruairiadh O'Connell.
Each artist in the show demonstrates a willingness to demote or jeopardise artistic authority in favour of an acknowledgement of paintings’ shortcomings - as a paradoxical means to its re-invigoration. The subject of these works often manifests as a cross-examination of real-life circumstance, demonstrating an instinctive need to question the validity of the criteria by which it is judged. The exhibition itself performs an active function that seeks‘…to recreate the emptiness where the pure event of form can take place.’(Baudrillard)
“We want to provide the conditions where the artists themselves dictate the best possible context for their work to be viewed.” (Shane Bradford)
Strategies vary of course; differences are naturally as common as similarities. Failure to synchronise is celebrated however; positive energy generated by friction. Each attempt is doomed and vital, fuelled by its own collapse. Contradiction, confusion, changes-of-mind, multiple-viewpoints, disappearance, refraction, mistakes and cancellations are all proof of active thinking and reflect more clearly the skittishness of the contemporary Western psyche