[NetBehaviour] Slump City at Space Media...
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Slump City at Space Media...
June 6th – June 26th 2009
As the consequences of the global recession begin to take effect, the
regeneration of East London, the traditional home of London’s large
artist community, has slowed and the promised Olympic legacy looks in
doubt. It is within this context that SPACE presents Slump City an
exhibition presenting the work of 3 exciting emerging artists whose
visionary and haunting work combines gothic fantasy, poetic social
realism and psycho- geography to imagine the urban periphery.
Laura Oldfield Ford, winner of the VABT award, a recent graduate of RCA
whose first show was at Marlborough Fine Art last Autumn, currently has
a solo show at Hales Gallery and is about to show at Arnolfini in
Bristol. For Slump City Oldfield- Ford is making a new piece, a large
wall of A2 drawings which feed from her ongoing subjective exploration
and psycho-geographic mapping of the neglected backwaters of East
London. These relay a broken narrative centered on an East London that
is being cleared and sanitised for the 2012 Olympic games.
Karen Russo is known internationally for her video, drawing and
sculpture and the strange and disturbing source materials which she uses
to transform the everyday in to contemporary surreal and gothic imagery
that explores romantic notions of the sublime. For Slump City Russo
presents a filmed excursion inside an urban sewage pipe system. Viewed
through a small robot camera, used to locate blockages, an
ever-expanding system of sewer pipes is revealed, mapping the ‘belly’
under our city.
Tessa Farmer's recent practice has been inspired by her 2007 residency
at London’s Natural History Museum, playing on a strong undercurrent of
horror and abjection that has always existed as a counter-narrative to
the Victorian tradition of naturalism to which Tessa Farmer's work
offers a redress. For Slump City she will be presenting her stuffed and
reawakened ‘road kill’ arranged into fantasy scenarios where insect
fairy tormentors seek revenge for all their brethren once smothered in
killing jars and pinned in display case trophies. Tessa Farmer’s work
was included in the 2004 edition of the 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries',
where her installation 'Swarm' was spotted by Charles Saatchi and
purchased for his collection.
To compliment the context and content of Slump City SPACE will be
conducting a tour of the artist enclave Hackney WIck, combining studio
visits and tours of artist run space as part of CREATE 09- the annual
arts festival hosted by the five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic games
and Hackney Wicked the artists run festival.
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