Musical performance by Donny Slack & Idle Hands
A talk by Professor Jan Toporowski, from the Department of Economics at SOAS, University of London
Private View and musical performance: Tuesday 11th September, 6 – 9 pm
Talk: Wednesday 19 September, 7pm
Exhibition Dates: 12 – 22 September, 2012
Maria Stenfors is proud to present Endogenous; a two week exhibition of works on paper by five young artists, a musical performance, and a talk on economic bubbles in relation to the contemporary art world by Professor Jan Toporowski.
In an age of austerity, where is the driving force for art and artists? Is the economic structure spurred on by external benefactors, or is art created and encouraged by a more internal structure? This series of exciting events from the platform of the gallery, brief in time and set in a domestic environment, plans to achieve a space where voices and inspirations that revolve around the gallery’s ethos have the opportunity to come together.
Endogenous Growth Theory is a concept within economics used to highlight that economic growth can be developed and nurtured from within, rather than externally. Key to the concept is the belief that investment in the population and human capital is key to economic growth. Opening up the gallery agora to fantastic artists and their captivating new works, a dynamic musical performance of urban life, and contemporary economic theory, the events promise to be an exuberant start to the Autumn.
Key to Endogenous is a works on paper exhibition by Francesca Anfossi, Eduardo Basualdo, David Cochrane, Lilah Fowler and Alan Magee. Each artist has been in an extended dialogue with the gallery, and this show takes advantage of the opportunity to present artworks by artists whose integrity the gallery has faith in.
Moving from Italy to London in 1999, Francesca Anfossi has studied at Camberwell College of Art, Middlesex University and graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. Notable recent exhibitions include: ‘Petrified Paper’, Cardi Black Box, Milan, 2010; ‘à Crise..’, Sopro- Projecto de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2009; ‘Mirage’, Bischoff/Weiss, London, 2008.
Based in Buenos Aires, Eduardo Basualdo typically creates large-scale kinetic installations. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Todo lo Contrario’, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2009; 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, 2011 and an upcoming solo presentation this autumn at PSM, Berlin.
Living and working in London, David Cochrane’s multi-faceted based practice includes the use of video, sculpture, drawing and embroidery. Notable recent exhibitions include: ‘Untitled’, J.A Sinclair Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011; ‘To escape from the sun’, Trade City / BMCA, Manchester, International Festival, Manchester, Deleadus Gallery, London, UK and Littlemissmicks, Berlin, Germany, 2008-2009.
Living and working in London, Fowler studied at the Royal College of Art, and Edinburgh College of Art. Noted recent exhibitions include: ‘Cosmophobia’, curated by Tom Trevatt, L’Altelier Kunst Spiel Raum, Berlin, 2012; ‘Band’, Space in Between, London 2011; Corn Exchange Gallery Edinburgh, 2009; Brown, London, 2009.
Initially training in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Alan Magee went on to complete an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art. Recent exhibitions include: ‘… and all shall have prizes.. ‘, Studio 1.1, Shoreditch, London, 2012; Our Lives as Things, Occupy Space, Limerick, Ireland, 2011; with an upcoming show at Banner Repeater, London.
To accompany the exhibition, Donny Slack & Idle Hands, a revolving door of like-minded musicians, fronted by singer/songwriter Donny Slack, who come together to present a musical portrait of contemporary life in the city. They are currently in the studio recording their debut album.
On the evening of Wednesday 19th September, the gallery invites Professor Jan Toporowski to present his thoughts and studies on economic structures in the sphere of art, in particular, “economic bubbles”. With the view that art has a greater capacity to change the world than economics, the talk proves to test both the limits and possibilities of art within the economic structure it resides in. A professor of economics at SOAS, University of London, previous publications include “Theories of Financial Disturbance. An Examination of Critical Theories of Finance from Adam Smith to the Present Day” (2005) & “Why the World Economy Needs a Financial Crash and Other Critical Essays on Finance and Financial Economics” (2010).