Clarke - Doyle + Mallinson – Hampson – Lang – Rolph - Samuels - Voorsanger
08.09.2016 - 15.10.2016
Leigh Clarke - Doyle and Mallinson - Mark Hampson - Liane Lang - Danny Rolph - Michael Samuels - Jessica Voorsanger
curated by Leigh Clarke
08.09.2016 - 15.10.2016
This exhibition explores themes of value and the re-defining of redundant material that is specifically collected, recycled and re-contextualised by a group of British based artists. The themes within this exhibition vary from the theoretical, political or practical but all the artists share a similar compulsion to return to a particular and unusual substance to drive their work. Like the hoarder, who acquires the unwanted, each artist finds great potential and resourcefulness in what is discarded, undesirable and abandoned.
Leigh Clarke's recent work has been constructed using hundreds of book spines specifically collected from unwanted and used autobiographies. He is interested in a consumerist obsession with premature legacies and fabricated life stories that often form the foundations of these books, against genuine heroic endeavours and achievements. Clarke has had solo exhibitions at Kusseneers Gallery Belgium and has collaborated and led projects at Lokaal 01. In 2012 he was selected for the London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery and recently has worked with Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent on a major solo exhibition. He is Printmaking Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools, London.
Doyle and Mallinson breakdown rhetoric and imagery used in media and advertising that delude and confuse the masses. Using salvaged objects and slogans, they recycle them to create installations that with new values that challenge hierarchies and political systems. Doyle and Mallinson have exhibited internationally at major institutions, including Whitechapel Gallery London Open 2012 and Tate Britain, Rude Britannia 2010.
Mark Hampson’s fanatical approach to sourcing stories within art history leads him to reimagine legacies through drawing and printmaking. His vast collections of ephemera and catalogues fuel his ideas that lead to work that flirts between the ethereal and the grotesque. In this exhibition, he exhibits new works and an installation that examines past glories of Royal Academicians from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the V&A Museum, The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Hampson is Head of Printmaking and Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London.
Liane Lang's interactions with statues breathe life into failed iconolatries, redefining redundant political systems through performative acts and photography. Lang includes works made in the Memento park in Hungary where she physically immerses herself in sculptural Soviet propaganda. Lang has exhibited widely in many international solo exhibitions and her work is included in notable collections such as the V&A Museum, Saatchi Collection, Deutsche Bank Collection and Arts Council England.
Danny Rolph’s dynamic abstract landscapes bombard the viewer with a plethora of colour and form. The references that inform his work derive from a vast range of sources, yet his process relies on meticulously selecting and composing found coloured material and reportage which he often sandwiches between industrial corrugated Perspex. His work is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate Britain, as well as in several major private collections.
The elements in Michael Samuels assemblages are specifically collected, creating a unique visual language from unwanted furniture and appliances. He his intrigued by the dysfunctional, scuffed and damaged surfaces within once perfect mass-manufactured objects. His carefully selected combinations form sculptures that revisit and redefine modernist systems. Samuels has exhibited widely and is included in collections such as Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, David Roberts and The Zabludowicz Collection. He has had solo exhibitions at Rokeby London, Spacex Exeter and The Armory NYC.
Jessica Voorsanger manipulates ephemera found within cults created in popular culture, mainly associated with TV and celebrity. In this exhibition, she shows unwanted images of David Cassidy and work inspired by the obsessive nature of Trekkies. Voorsanger has had solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery London, The Southbank Centre London, Institute of Contemporary Arts London. Her performance work and inclusive public projects are widely regarded and last year a retrospective book of her work entitled was published by Black Dog Publishing Limited.