Over one hundred and twenty underground artists will help celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of The Dog, in style right at the very centre of London’s Chinatown. Embracing the Underdog will take place in Q-Park on Gerrard Street on Sunday 18 February 2018. The 120 artists will be showing sculptures, installations, site-specific interventions, videos, sound works and performances – a surprising eclecticism of works with contrasting scales and materials with many stretching creative experimentations to the limit.
People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, faithful, friendly, loyal, straightforward, intelligent, admired and have a strong sense of responsibility.
However, expressions referring to dogs are often unflattering. The underdog is not expected to win yet it is for who everyone cheers. But who are underdogs? Often, they are the disadvantaged, underprivileged, dispossessed and disenfranchised. This selected group of artists offer support and a sense of cohesion and festivity to celebrate the Year of the Dog.
Works on show include a giant globe representing the planet as an underdog as it continues to be dominated by humankind. Another piece will be a work made from stiffened, layered newspapers the size of a parking space containing many articles indicating the injustice, hardship and suffering of people who could be considered the ‘Underdogs’ in our society. While another depicts the constellation Canis Minor in white marble dust; a sculpture talks about power and where it resides and considers if even great economic or dictatorial control can crush freedom of the mind and a playful sculptural totem of twelve embracing Foo dogs each coloured for good fortune.
This compelling, large-scale exhibition is a concerted effort to demonstrate how constructive it is to make art in our troubled world and these artists come together to exhibit with a real sense of solidarity and a belief in the enduring power of art in these confusing times.
Embracing the Dog is curated by Susan Haire with the support of the Geoff Leong Foundation and presented with The London Group and Friends, one of the longest-running and most prestigious artists’ collectives in the world and champions breadth and diversity of work and independent thinking.
Giles Abbot: Melissa Alley: Özgül Arslan: Jessica Bailey: Keith Ball: Nadia Ballan: Vanya Balogh: Rosalind Barker: Deborah Bee: James Bell: Sooz Belnavis: Alison Berry: Anita Bryan: Lucinda Burgess: Heather Burrell: Clive Burton LG: Cedric Christie: Christopher Clack & Gillian Cargill: Roger Clarke: Nina Coulson: Jude Cowan Montague: Phoenix-Blu Coyle: Jo Dye: Jane Eyton: Rebecca Feiner: Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick: Mandee Gage: Cathy Gale: Toni Gallagher: Ray Gange: Alina Gavrielatos: Mikey Georgeson: Jill Gibson: Jason Gibilaro: Phillip Raymond Goodman: Ann Grim’: Caroline Gregory: Gzillion Artist: Fiona Haines: Susan Haire PLG & Andrea Cavallari: Alexandra Harley: Katie Hayward: Aude Hérail Jäger LG: Martin Heron LG: Nicola Hicks: Alexander Hinks: Bob Hinks: Julius Hinks: Samantha Jarman LG: Vera Jefferson: Katya Kan: Vanja Karas: Miyuki Kasahara: Calum F Kerr: Will Kerr: Kristina Kotov: Suzanne Bella Land: Bob Lawson: Cate Lis: Irene Lopéz Fernández: Susana Lopéz Fernández: Noel Grassy Macken: Julia Maddison: Lee Maelzer: Nerys Mathias: Fiona McAuliffe: Joanna McCormick: Stacie McCormick: Jake Modern: Nicole Mollett: Morrissey & Hancock: Andrea Morucchio: Venetia Nevill: Valeriya N-Georg: Darren Nisbett LG: Norah Nona: Micheál O’Connell: Sarah Pager: Penelope Payne: John Plowman: Rosie Polet: Mandy Prowse: Eva Raboso: Jim Racine: David Redfern LG: JL Reed: Thomas J Ridley: Teo Robinson: India Roper Evans: Jim Roseveare: Pascal Rousson: Julian Rowe: Joseph Sakoilsky: Paul Sakoilsky: Tom Scase LG: Rebecca Scott: Ashley Scott Fitzgerald: Tommy Seaward LG: Martin Sexton: Meg Shirayama: John Siger Baker: Chris Simpson: Gina Southgate: Sarah Sparkes: Aerial Sparks: Spizz Energi: Barbara Stanzl: Angela Carol Stocker: Susan Supercharged: Katie Surridge: Franny Swann: Mervyn Syna: Jonny Tanna: Almuth Tebbenhoff LG: Paul Tecklenberg LG: Robert Noah Tigg: Monika Tobel: Graham Tunnadine: Mario Varas Sanchez: Neil Weerdmeester LG: Tisna Westerhof LG: Stella Whalley & Toby Bricheno: Emma Witter: Jeanine Wollard: Mark Woods: Angela Wright: Carol Wyss: Toko Yamamoto: Blair Zaye: and a real singing dog
Embracing the Underdog, Sunday 18 February 12-8pm Q Park 20 Newport Place, Gerrard Street London, WC2H 7PR