Ron Terada ‘Who I Think I Am’

This autumn, the Hayward Gallery Project Space presents an exhibition of work by Canadian artist, Ron Terada curated by Dr Cliff Lauson (b.1969). Terada’s wide-ranging conceptual practice includes painting, signage, photography, books, music and interventions. For his first solo exhibition in London, Terada presents a series of works that explore the ideas of creative aspiration and stardom from the recent histories of art and popular music.
The ‘Jack’ paintings, a sequence of sixteen paintings with text on monochrome backgrounds, are concerned with the difficult and tragic story of Californian-artist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003), as recounted in the book Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia (2003). Though considered one of the most promising artists from the post-conceptual period alongside Matt Mullican, Robert Longo and David Salle, Goldstein ultimately never achieved the success of his peers. This series of canvases represents Terada’s return to language-based painting after a hiatus of nearly a decade. They are prefaced by the photograph Who I Think I Am (2010), an image of Terada’s finger pointing at a picture of Goldstein and his dog, also named Jack.
In contrast to the emotionally charged paintings are two works related to music. Big Star (2003) is a neon sign that refers to the 1970s American Rock band of the same name. The band has been remembered by history as producing a small but devoted cult following, influencing a generation of indie bands. Staying within music, Soundtrack for an Exhibition (2010) is a new video installation in which the image self-referentially documents the playing of its own musical soundtrack on a vintage record player. Tempered by Terada’s subtle sense of humour, these works turn on slippages of identity and the fine line between stardom and failure.

Ron Terada: Who I Think I Am is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator at the Hayward Gallery.

The exhibition is supported by Canada House Arts Trust, with additional support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.

Hayward Gallery Project Space
The Hayward Gallery Project Space, which opened in summer 2007, showcases emerging artists from the UK and the wider world, many of whom have not shown in a UK institution before. Recent exhibitions have included solo presentations of the work of Jess Flood-Paddock, Semâ Bekirovic, Victor Man, Matthew Darbyshire and Cyprien Gaillard, and the group shows Deceitful Moon and Silberkuppe: Rooms Without Walls.

Duration 28 September 2010 - 07 November 2010
Times Opening hours: 10am – 6pm daily Thursdays and Fridays until 8pm
Cost Free
Venue Hayward Gallery
Address Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX, ,
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