Karen Finley




Karen Finley and Fred Mann were introduced by Lyall Hakaria, when Finley took part in Punish the Streets, an exhibition he curated at New Art Projects that celebrated a decade of vFd in Dalston and highlighted the influences that flow between club culture, performance, art and fashion. The title ‘Punish the Streets’ referred to transgressive bodies and cultures that challenge societies norms.

During the recent series of lockdowns Karen Finley and Fred Mann have held online discussions. These talks have covered a series of topics, been wide-ranging and explored the places where they meet and often concur. Since the late 1980s, there have been personal and cultural moments and events and movements to which they have both responded, and that have activated them both. In Finley’s case as an artist and in Mann’s case as a gallerist and curator. Both Mann and Finley also work as arts educators and have found common ground and ongoing connections across these disturbing and fluctuating contemporary times.

Their discussions have resulted in a series of projects between Karen Finley and Fred Mann at New Art Projects, the first of which is a September-October pop-up project of her newest works on paper that debate the here and now. During the lockdown(s) while based in Provincetown, Finley has created a series of text-based works on paper that she has painted on found materials. Her words, observations, and tributes appear on historical printed pages that show everything from Alice in Wonderland to card tricks and flowers.

Duration 09 September 2021 - 30 October 2021
Times Wed - Sat 11.00 - 6.00
Cost Free
Venue New Art Projects
Address 6D Sheep Lane, London, E8 4QS
Contact 020 7249 4032 / info@newartprojects.com / www.newartprojects.com

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