Australian artists have been drawn to live and work in the UK’s capital for many years, and FAD is delighted to see that a survey of the work of 5 contemporary Australians living and working in London today will be opening later this week.
South London gallerist Peter von Kant presents One way return, a survey of five Australian artists working in London today, featuring the work of Alex Lawler, Simon Linke, Steven Morgana, Matthew Verdon and Caitlin Yardley. Not just connected by their nationality, all completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, from Simon Linke in 1986to Matthew Verdon in 2014.
So will the shared nationality bring together shared themes? Von Kant thinks not.
Whether impelled by the anxiety of influence or by a confident mastery of the lingua franca of international contemporary art practice, the artists of One way return make little overt reference to their cultural backgrounds. They are instead working within a conceptual tradition which, in its diversity, disrupts the perception of a homogenous national culture or house-style.
The exhibition runs 10 October–29 November 2014, Wednesday to Saturday 12–6 pm and by appointment. The private view is 10 October 2014 6–9pm.
Peter von Kant: 25 Tanners Hill, London SE8 4PJ