The Pink Panther Show

The Pink Panther Show organised by Vanessa Murrell, Martin Mayorga, and Evangeline Ling. The pop up group exhibition presents 16 emerging and mid-career artists, each of whom have created a work specifically for the show.

Arnaud Desjardin, Untitled (Pink Panther), 2018, Ink on paper and mixed media FAD Magazine
Arnaud Desjardin, Untitled (Pink Panther), 2018, Ink on paper and mixed media

Initially triggered by an Instagram story proposal, The Pink Panther Show is an experiment as much as it is an exhibition. At first glance, the artists have hardly anything in common: they are in different points of their career; their practices are diverse; they deal with different issues, and are interested in distinctive themes. However, being brought together by the eponymous character, they are ‘forced’ to interpret the same concept without losing their definitive traits.

In the live action version of the film Pink Panther, Ponton tells Inspector Jacques Clouseau:

“You never cease to surprise me, sir.”

to which the Inspector replies

“With me, surprises are rarely unexpected.”

With the artists working independently and not being aware of how the others respond to the theme, surprises are rarely unexpected, indeed. Luckily enough, the versatile character of the Pink Panther allows for surprises, even welcomes them. The feline has many faces: it combines mystery with humour, crime with performance; it disappears and re-appears all of a sudden, and lives in-between fantasy and reality. It is easy to relate to the Pink Panther, and each artist deals with a different characteristic of the iconic cat: using anthropomorphism, language to describe the otherwise mute panther, life documentation, duplication and reproduction (to mention a few methods). Drawing inspiration from the real-life crime stories of the Pink Panther gang to the classic cartoon series, the works are as diverse as the character itself.

Jade Chingyuk Ng, On Watermelon Planet, 2017, Mono print on paper FAD Magazine
Jade Chingyuk Ng, On Watermelon Planet, 2017, Mono print on paper

The Pink Panther Show does not have pretentions. Its nature is ethereal. Its mood is fun and light. Its time is limited. Just as ‘the cool cat’ suddenly vanishes after the film credits in the beginning, the exhibition will last just enough to let the works engage in a dialogue within the space, to make visible the common traits among the different practices that only the Pink Panther can enable.

Victoria Gyuleva, editor and curator, dateagleart

21 – 28 February 2018 PV: Wed 21st February 2018, 18:00 – 21:00 Gallery 46, 46 Ashfield St, Whitechapel, E1 2AJ, London gallery46.co.uk

presented by dateagleart

Artists
A group show with Daniel Burley, Jade Chingyuk Ng, Arnaud Desjardin, Hetty Douglas, Fiona Grady, Laurence Greenberg,Tom Hardwick-Allan, Evangeline Ling, Tanya Ling, Michael Murphy, India Nielsen, Callum Nixon, Delilah Olson, Niamh Roberts, Liam Scully, and Hannah Tilson.

Tom Hardwick-Allan, Woodcut on plinth, 2018 FAD Magazine
Tom Hardwick-Allan, Woodcut print from flatpack birdbath” 2018

India Nielsen, Knip Repnathr, 2017, Oil and acrylic on canvas FAD Magazine
India Nielsen, Knip Repnathr, 2017, Oil and acrylic on canvas

Laurence Greenberg, Anchovies dream of an olive mausoleum, Sculpture on resin, 2018 FAD Magazine
Laurence Greenberg, Anchovies dream of an olive mausoleum, Sculpture on resin, 2018

About
dateagleart is a contemporary art platform based in London that operates online by supporting emerging to mid-career artists through interviews, blog, and studio visits, along with exploratory projects such as “Mix!” where invited artists send us their playlist of music, “Spread The Virus”, an online ongoing exhibition, and “The Three Day Residency” a compressed summer residency where we record live our resident artist during three days of work-in-progress. We are also involved in curating pop-up exhibitions in London, UK and providing direction to middle-market galleries in the form of visual production.

By using a direct visual and written language, we suppress elitist views on art, and engage today’s works of art with all publics. We believe in easy to understand writing that eliminates flowery terms. dateagleart displays an intimate perspective on art, eliminating installation shots and focusing on close-ups, Polaroids, and film photography to accompany our un-polished views.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018