Insurgencies
Curated by Shane Bradford & Peter Lamb

2 September - 2 October 2011

This new exhibition highlights young artists' insurgent attitudes towards contemporary painting.

Insurgencies opens Friday September 2nd at the intriguing, privately run, not-for-profit space Angus-Hughes Gallery in Lower Clapton. Conceived and organized by artists Peter Lamb and Shane Bradford, the show emphasizes artistic strategies that use ideas of collapse and failure to energise their work and aims to recreate conditions that nurture insurgent attitudes, often homogenised by the familial processes of art world presentation and consumption.

As well as curating, Lamb and Bradford will exhibit alongside some of their contemporaries - all at different stages of their careers - including Nina Beier, Oscar Murillo, Hans Jörg Mayer, Thomas Øvlisen, Aney Catford and Ruairiadh O'Connell.

Each artist in the show demonstrates a willingness to demote or jeopardise artistic authority in favour of an acknowledgement of paintings’ shortcomings - as a paradoxical means to its re-invigoration. The subject of these works often manifests as a cross-examination of real-life circumstance, demonstrating an instinctive need to question the validity of the criteria by which it is judged. The exhibition itself performs an active function that seeks ‘…to recreate the emptiness where the pure event of form can take place.’ (Baudrillard)

“We want to provide the conditions where the artists themselves dictate the best possible context for their work to be viewed.” (Shane Bradford)

Strategies vary of course; differences are naturally as common as similarities. Failure to synchronise is celebrated, however; positive energy generated by friction. Each attempt is doomed and vital, fuelled by its own collapse. Contradiction, confusion, changes-of-mind, multiple-viewpoints, disappearance, refraction, mistakes and cancellations are all proof of active thinking and reflect more clearly the skittishness of the contemporary Western psyche.



Nina Beier | Shane Bradford | Aney Catford | Peter Lamb | Hans Jörg Mayer | Oscar Murillo | Ruairiadh O'Connell | Thomas Øvlisen


Shane Bradford (UK)(b. 1971) – has exhibited extensively in England, Scandinavia, Europe and the United States throughout the last decade. He was the winner of the 2007 Celeste Painting Prize. He currently lives and works in London.

Peter Lamb (UK)(b. 1973) – has also exhibited widely in England, Iceland, Europe and the United States since leaving art school in 1996. Recent exhibitions include ‘Das Vertraute Unvertraute’ at the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart and solo exhibitions in London, Houston and Los Angeles.


For information contact:

Shane Bradford
Studio 1.08
Limehouse Art Foundation
Towcester Road
London E3 3ND
studio@shanebradford.com
http://shanebradford.com/
+44(0) 7870 649294

Peter Lamb
http://www.peterlamb.org/
peterlamb28@googlemail.com
+44(0) 7970749263


Shane Bradford
Cosmic Slots (temporary title)
245x366cm
2011-


Aney Catford
untitled
Acrylic on papr
181x139x8cm
2011


Peter Lamb
Head from a person coming
240x200cm
Digital print on dibond aluminium, acrylic, oil, spray paint
2011


Hans Jörg Mayer
Machine
150x145cm
Ink and acrylic on velvet
2011


Hans Jörg Mayer
Void
150x145cm
Ink and acrylic on velvet
2011


Oscar Murillo
Eat this (mother fucker!)
130x95x50cm
2011


Oscar Murillo
You're never as good as the first one
130x95x50cm
2011


Ruairiadh O'Connell
Aztek
61x49.5x2.5
Wax, ink, stell
2011
Luxor
61x49.5x2.5
Wax, ink, stell
2011



Thomas Øvlisen
FTITCTAJ
Kevlar, Epoxy, Auto Lacquer
96x4x23.5inches
2011


Thomas Øvlisen
FYIWDWYTM
Kevlar, Epoxy, Auto Lacquer
84.5x1x23.5inches
2011


All images, Nancy Elser and Iavor Lubomirov