A new group show curated by Scott Robertson featuring the artists, Ryan Gander, Katerina Kamprani, Scott King, Aidan Moffat, Jonathan Monk, Lynda Morris, Simon Newby, Mark Spelman and Ian Whittlesea opens at Project 78 in St Leonards E. Sussex 12 September.
Taking a starting point from the character Frédéric in Gustave Flaubert’s ‘Sentimental Education’, Robertson gathers together a mix of artists’ work all focusing on a transformation of sorts. Flaubert deals with longing, to ascend in life, in standing, in love, in the company of others. Every attempt to escape oneself.
From the simple act of giving another artists name while in Starbucks buying coffee (Jonathan Monk), dragging in the detritus of parenting young children to form a modernist facade (Simon Newby) or the simple realisation that one’s chance of a rock and roll future is just not meant to be (Scott King). Everyday items yearn for change, but render themselves useless in the process (Katerina Kamprani), Artists gazing into another artists world (Ryan Gander), paintings used as tools to try and transform the physical and physic state of those who gaze upon them (Ian Whittlesea) and a dark and humorous self-analysis (Mark Spelman).
New and existing work is brought together to explore the simple act of change.
Included in the show are two specially produced editions. Curator and writer Lynda Morris has become the artist in a small run book, and musician Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap, Lucky Pierre) has produced a 7inch vinyl in collaboration with Robertson.
Project 78 describes themselves as A contemporary art gallery/project space committed to showcasing emerging and established artists working in any medium. Gallerist Patrick Jones presents a first-rate programme of exhibitions and events once again proving there is quality art to see outside UK hub cities.
Top Photo: Ryan Gander The Poetics of Gig 2012 © Ryan Gander image courtesy of the Artist
A Double Headed Coin Project 78 Gallery 12th Sept-10th Oct 2020 78 Norman Road St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0EJ