Ed Atkins Olde Food CABINET opens 26th April. Ed Atkins is one of the most distinctive representatives of a generation of artists explicitly responding to digital media’s ever-increasing ubiquity; Atkins creates worlds of crazed artificiality and desperate realism. His computer-generated videos feature shabby, lonely protagonists with disarming and marked fidelity. His animations demonstrate their digital constitution – their near-total artifice – even as they simultaneously strive for a disturbing level of lifelikeness. Atkins’ works get under the viewer’s skin, rendering a queasy corruption of substance, both material and concept – just as the idea of “Old Food” raises a suspicion of use squandered, of goodness spoiled.
Exhibition 26th April – 2nd June 2018 Thursday – Saturday, 12.00 – 6.00pm
Ed Atkins (1982) is a London, UK based artist best known for his video art and poetry. Atkins lectures at Goldsmiths College in London and has been referred to as “one of the great artists of our time” by the Swiss curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
In high-definition video work, Ed Atkins explores the material and corporeal qualities of the digital moving image, often integrating collaged, drawn, and written elements into his presentations, or referencing works of literature. His two-channel video work and sound installation Us Dead Talk Love (2012) features a conversation between two digitally rendered cadavers that address issues of representation, narcissism, intimacy, and love, among other topics. For his single-channel video Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths (2013), Atkins used a motion-capturing device and Faceshift animation software to depict a male figure who appears to reside at the bottom of an ocean; the character recites a poem by the American writer Gilbert Sorrentino. Atkins considers Hollis Frampton, a pioneer of digital art, to be a major influence on his work.