14th MAY – 22nd JUNE 2014 Jerwood Space, Jerwood Space, 171 Union St, London SE1 0LN
Curated by Sarah Williams
JOHANN ARENS, NICHOLAS BROOKS, BENEDICT DREW, CÉCILE B. EVANS, OLIVER LARIC, NICOLE MORRIS, HEATHER PHILLIPSON.
TTTT, a Jerwood Encounters exhibition curated by Sarah Williams, responds to recent developments and concerns amongst artists who are exploring sculpture and screen-based practices in new forms and materialities, in relation to language, technology, image dissemination, sentimentality and anxiety.
A series of reconfigured works will be shown alongside new works by Oliver Laric and Benedict Drew.
Oliver Laric’s Mansudae Overseas Project is a 75cm tall monument of a stock character, void of profession. The character is kept unspecific, as the method and place of production define its specificity. Laric commissioned this bronze statue with the Mansudae art studio in Pyongyang, the first work they have undertaken for a private individual. From the single bronze Laric received from Pyongyang, multiple copies have been produced.
Benedict Drew‘s new video work charts a hallucinatory and dyslexic reading of geology, modernist architecture and desire. Drew works with video, sculpture and music, to examine the tension between the analogue and the digital, their parallels and departures, through immersive works that confront this dichotomy in contemporary culture
Nicholas Brooks, Cécile B. Evans and Nicole Morris each present reconfigured work; Brooks will show self-made, found and specially manufactured objects staged alongside a screen-based presentation of objects; his interest in objects lies in an intimacy with the virtual. Evans’ work How happy a Thing can be incorporates both sculptural and video elements; 3D printed objects are set with a moving backdrop of a screen alluding to alternate location for these objects. Morris’ reconfiguration of Your Love Will Fade is presented within an environment created specifically for the exhibition; her work explores the performativity of a body in space, how the relationship is navigated and explored within both the filmic construct as well as the actual space of viewing.
Showing for the first time in London, Johann Arens’ film essay, a montage with an ancient depiction of Venus and Mars as its centrepiece, is an enquiry into the illicit tactile relation with artefacts, whilst also considering the recent proliferation of mobile touch-screen interfaces. Heather Phillipson will show a film experienced via a colourful sculptural viewing platform; Phillipson works across video, sculpture, sound, text and live events, splicing images, noises and objects from the digital and physical leftovers at hand.
A series of new works will be launched as part of the exhibition’s accompanying events programme. These will include a new performance by Nicole Morris; a film screening of How happy a Thing can be by Cécile B. Evans, co-commissioned by Radar, Loughborough University and Wysing Arts Centre; and a staging of a work in progress titled Friendly Things from the Future by Nicholas Brooks.
The curatorial motivation for TTTT was to explore the influence of the contemporary world on approaches to the making of sculpture and three-dimensional artwork. It takes into account the impact of the internet and digital environment on many artists work, seen in the way in which artist are exploring space, language, the body, our relationships to objects (things) and material, specifically in relation to the viewer.
Many of the works in the exhibition utilise screen-based and sculptural approaches, as a way of directing the viewer around, through or into the work. Traditionally sculpture has achieved this through its physical presence, form and materiality. Where screen-based, filmic and sculptural approaches are shown in configuration, further complications occur between viewer and ‘thing’.
The exhibition provides a space to consider how the way in which we perceive and navigate the world is changing as our lives become more mediated through a screen and how artists are responding to these concerns. While in the case of this exhibition, the acronym TTTT refers to the phrase ‘These Things Take Time’, an internet search engine further reveals other associated meanings – ‘Too Tired To Type’ ‘Too Tired To Talk’ and so on. These slippages subtly hint at rapid developments within our language which are influenced by the internet, and to our own experience of ‘things’ and ‘time’ which are also changing in the current technological, economic and political environment.
Blog posts by Shama Khanna, Jerwood Visual Arts writer in residence, will be published on the blog throughout the exhibition: blog.jerwoodvisualarts.org
About The Artists
Johann Arens (b. 1981, Germany), holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, and was recently in residence at the British School in Rome. Recent solo presentations were Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery, Paradise Row, London, 2013, Apple and Pear at ASC Gallery, London, 2012 and Effect Rating in De Service Garage, Amsterdam, 2012. Group exhibitions include Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Flat Time House, London, 2013; ‘Members Show’, Outpost, Norwich; Young London 2012, V22; A useful- looking useless object, Sierra Metro, Edinburgh; I’ll explain you everythiinnngggg, Chert Berlin, New Contemporaries, ICA London, 2010 and No Soul For Sale Festival at Tate Modern, 2010. Since January 2014 Arens is attending the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. www.johannarens.com
Nicholas Brooks (b. 1975) studied MFA Fine Art at Slade School of Art, UCL, London (2011) and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London. Recent solo presentations include: The Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Nicholas Brooks, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013) and A Flat Tunnel, Carte Blance Gallery, London (2012). Selected group exhibitions and screenings include: Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2014; Push and Paint, Touch and Display, Vitrine Gallery 2013-14; Young London 2013, V22, London (2013), We Object!, Aid and Abet, Cambridge; Videoclub and Film London Artists Moving Image Network Screening Tour, Multiple Locations (2013). www.nickbrooks.info
Benedict Drew (b.1977) studied MFA Fine Art at the Slade School of Art, UCL, London (2011) and BA Fine Art, Middlesex University, London (1999). Recent solo presentations include: Heads May Roll, Matt’s Gallery, London (2014), The Onesie Cycle (VIP), Phoenix and Two Queens, Leicester; The Onesie Cycle Rhubaba, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: The Persuaders, Adelaide Festival, SASA Gallery Adelaide, Australia and Zero Hour Petrified, Ilam Campus Gallery School of Fine Arts University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2014); Now Thing, Whitstable Biennale; THIS IS FEEDBACK, Outpost, Norwich; Gliss, Cell Project Space, London; The Glass Envelope, Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Newcastle (2012). Drew has been awarded the Boise Travel Scholarship, LUX Associate Artists Programme, OCAD Off Screen Award for Untitled Seven with Emma Hart, and in 2012 was nominated for the Jarman Award. He is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London. www.benedictdrew.com | www.mattsgallery.org
Cécile B. Evans (b.1983) is a Belgian American artist based in London and Berlin. She was the recipient of the Emdash Award which resulted in a commissioned work for the Frieze Art Fair in London (2012). She is the recipient of the Push Your Art Prize, which resulted in the production and exhibition of a new video work at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013). Recent exhibitions have included La Voix Humaine curated by Saim Demircan, Kunstverein Munich, Annals of the 29th Century curated by Gareth Bell-Jones, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, How to Eclipse the Light curated by Karen Archey, Wilkinson Gallery, London and Desire Bergen Art Museum, Norway. She was recently an artist in resident at the Wysing Arts Centre, UK and participated in talks series such as Rhizome’s Seven on Seven, Barbican, London, ICA Salon, London and Art Basel Miami Beach Conversations, Florida. She is currently working on a digital commission with the Serpentine Galleries, London titled AGNES, curated by Ben Vickers. www.cecilebevans.com
Oliver Laric (b.1981) studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2005). Recent solo presentations include: Verze, FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; 5, Seventeen, London; Versions, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, USA Be water my friend, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2013). Laric received the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award Commission to Collect (2012). He is represented by Seventeen, London and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. oliverlaric.com | www.seventeengallery.com | www.tanyaleighton.com
Nicole Morris (born 1986, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom); is co-founder of LOCOMOTION, an artist-run project currently based in London. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2011. Recent solo
?exhibitions include Art Projects at the London Art Fair, London, Impressions, Bold Tendencies, London; After Work, Locomotion, London; Same Husband, Space In Between, London and A Romance in Two Parts, Galeria Magda Bellotti, Madrid. Selected group exhibitions include Young London 2013, V22, London; Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012, ICA and Liverpool biennial; 20 Rue de Jacob- A salon for Performance and Other Happenings, Galleria Rajatila, Finland; Claire Baily, Nicole Morris and Ben Schumacher, Laure Genillard, London and By Means of Matter, Generator Projects, Dundee. In 2013 she was nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and in 2011 was awarded the Boise Travel Scholarship and William Coldstream Prize. www.nicolemorris.co.uk
Heather Phillipson (b.1978) completed at PhD in Fine Art Practice at Middlesex University, London (2008), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Drawing at Central St Martins, London (2004) and BA (Hons) in Fine Art & Aesthetics at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (2001). Forthcoming and recent solo presentations include: immediately and for a short time balloons weapons too-tight clothing worries of all kinds, Bunker 259, New York; Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (all 2014); through the flesh-tone scenario, the imported combi-boudoir, Zabludowicz Collection, London; yes, surprising is existence in the post-vegetal cosmorama, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, and touring to Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2013/14). Phillipson is also an award-winning poet with recent publications by Bloodaxe, Penned in the Margins and Faber and Faber, and was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012. www.heatherphillipson.co.uk