Anthony Schrag – an exhibition of work as part of Standpoint Futures, 28 and 29 July




Anthony Schrag

An exhibition of work as part of Standpoint Futures Residency Programme

 

28 July 2011 12-8pm; artist’s talk and drinks at 6.30pm

29 July 2011 12-6pm

 

Focusing on the physical sensations of the body rather than intellect and/or ideas, Anthony Schrag’s practice falls within a grey area of artistic practice that combines performance, participatory events and socially engaged work.

 

For his final public presentation, Schrag presents the culmination of a project developed specifically for Standpoint and the surrounding area. The work explores the assumptions within social engagement agendas and public arts policy that advocate a utopian ideal where ‘everyone gets along’, and recognises that this is an impossibility. Instead Schrag suggests we embrace conflicts and divisions as a natural and positive part of culture and proposes a ‘good tension’ wherein alternative views and life experiences can exist side by side.

 

The works presented within the gallery space take the form of social research, remnant documentation and performative objects – all of which are being developed in conjunction with a social event engaging the residents of the surrounding Geffrye and Arden Housing Estates, taking place in Hoxton Community Gardens on July 23rd. Along with this presentation of research, Schrag is interested in revisiting the white-cube gallery as a problematic context in which to present such forms of ephemeral material.

 

Recent projects include A Perfect Father’s Day?, Deveron Arts, Huntley, Scotland (Outcome of 3-month residency), 2011; Everything is going to be ok, TETEM Gallery, Holland, 2011; 3-month residency at ARE HOLLAND, Holland, 2011; 3-month residency at Deveron Arts, Aberdeenshire, 2011; 3-month residency at McColl Visual Arts Centre, North Carolina, USA, 2010; Roving residency with RSA Residencies for Scotland, 2010; Have you Found Any Yet? (Commissioned film Artlink/Faith in Older People, Edinburgh, 2010. Recent group exhibitions Up To Mischief, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2011; Venus + Demarco + Beuys, Craigcook Castle, Edinburgh, 2011; 9th Helen Keller International Award, Sense Scotland, Glasgow, 2011; Midnight and the Mint, Pecha Kucha at Mint Museum of art and Design, North Carolina, USA, 2010; The 15 Project with Fahamu Peccou, Gantt Centre for African American Art, Charlotte, USA, 2010; RSA NEW WORKS, Residencies for Scotland at Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2010. Website: http://www.anthonyschrag.com/ To access video documentation of works http://vimeo.com/user4785021

 

This special two-day presentation is part of Anthony Schrag’s participation in Standpoint Futures Development Residencies designed specifically for artists based outside of London. It will include a talk at 6.30pm by Anthony Schrag on Thursday 28th July, and an opportunity to meet and talk to the artist at any time during the two days.

 

The residency’s chief aims are to provide high quality, individualized opportunities to develop an artists practice and career, and to integrate London and the Regional UK art world to promote dialogue and interchange. Please see residency blog to keep up to date with the progress of each residency http://standpointfutures.tumblr.com/

 

 

Further information: Fiona MacDonald: 0207 739 4921 / standpointgallery@btconnect.com

Matilda Strang: standpointfutures@btconnect.com

Duration 28 July 2011 - 29 July 2011
Times 12-6pm
Cost Free
Venue Standpoint Gallery
Address 45 Coronet Street London N1 6HD, ,
Contact 0207 739 4921 / standpointfutures@btconnect.com / www.standpointlondon.co.uk/spgallery.html

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