Not in the Corners

Ruth Beale

Michelle Deignan

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Alexander & Susan Maris

Annika Ström

Co-Curated by Matt Carter and Rosalie Doubal

 

Private View: 21 June, 6 – 9 pm, 2012
Exhibition Dates: 22 June – 28 July, 2012

Not in the Corners is a group exhibition featuring film, sculpture, drawing, painting and print. This exhibition presents artworks that address the inseparability of the personal from the political, exploring the ground between the private act of artistic creation and its collective resonance in the public realm.

Michelle Deignan presents new film Her Fanciful Digression (2012). The film’s narrative questions the supposed singularity of artists working within the Romantic tradition, placing emphasis upon relationships between painters and political thinkers. Her Fanciful Digression re-visits the shared, often multi-disciplinary form of collective creativity taking place at this time.

Inlaid with leaves, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Panzer MK IV: Homage to Poussin (1976) alludes to the poet and artist’s enduring interest in the complex, often contradictory relationship between nature and culture. The motif of the tank is used throughout Hamilton Finlay’s work, often seen in his gardens – sites viewed by the artist as provocative of poetic, philosophic and political thought.

Ruth Beale presents diptych Acid Utopia / An Epoch of Rest (2011). These are re-workings of a nineteenth century frontispiece and a date stamp page, from two library copies of William Morris’ 1890 book ‘News from Nowhere’. Rendered in psychedelic colours, Beale’s re-imagining of Morris’ tome alludes to moments of personal release and hallucination. Also referencing an intimate relationship to literature is Alexander & Susan Maris’ two panel work, Extracts from the TRUTH IN PAINTING (1990-1993(revised2006)). One canvas has been painted with a mix of acrylic medium and book ash from an unread volume of Jacques Derrida’s ‘The Truth in Painting’. The second is similarly painted, yet using the ash of a read volume.

The solipsistic artistic confessions of Annika Ström resonate beyond their seemingly personal parameters. Avoiding parody and direct critique, their homely appeal engages a shared response by evoking moments of private empathy.

Artists

Ruth Beale
Lives and works in London. Graduated from MFA Art Practice, Goldsmiths University of London 2010. Recent projects include the ongoing Miss B’s Salons (2008 onwards), presented at sites across the UK and Europe including: the ICA (London); Cubitt Gallery (London); Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen). Other exhibitions and projects include: Oh, Zero, One, Cell Project Space, London, 2011; The Voyage of Nonsuch (with Karen Mirza), Whitstable Biennale, 2008/2010; WHAT I BELIEVE (A Polemical Collection), SPACE, London, 2009.

Michelle Deignan
Lives and works in London. Graduated from MA Visual Arts, Goldsmiths University of London in 2005. Recent exhibitions and screenings include; ‘Spectral Metropole’, Galerija Vzigalica, Ljublijana, 2012; ‘Posing as a Subject Amongst Subjects’, Maria Stenfors, London, 2011; ‘Based on a True Story’, Artsway, New Forest, 2010; ‘Terror and the Sublime: Art and Politics in an Age of Anxiety’, Crawford National Art Gallery, Cork, 2009; ‘Film Screening Programme 1’, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, 2008; ‘New Work UK: Trust Yourself’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2007.

Ian Hamilton Finlay
1925 – 2006. Lived and worked in Dunsyre, Scotland.
Recent exhibitions: Victoria Miro, London, 2011; Galleria Massimo Minimi, Brescia, Italy 2011; City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK, 2011: Artists Rooms: Sailing Dinghy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh 2010; Camouflage, David Nolan Gallery, New York 2009; Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 2009; and Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2008.

Alexander & Susan Maris
Live and work in Scotland and have been collaborating since 1990.
Recent exhibitions include: The Pursuit of Fidelity (a retrospective), Stills, Edinburgh, 2010; There is no road (the road is made by walking) curated by Steven Bode, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain, 2009; Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 2009.

Annika Ström
b. 1964, Helsingborg, Sweden. Lives and works in UK / Berlin.
Recent exhibitions: Getting it Wrong, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, 2012; Solo Exhibition, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, 2012; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, 2011; The title of the show is too sad, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin, 2010; and Möbler för festvåningen, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, 2010.

Curators

Matt Carter & Rosalie Doubal
London-based curators Matt Carter & Rosalie Doubal have worked together for the past five years. Alongside programming Edinburgh project space Sierra Metro with Janine Matheson since 2009, they have worked individually and collaboratively on projects throughout the UK.

Special thanks to Diana Eccles and the British Council Collection for lending Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work to the exhibition.

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