A groupshow curated by Jack Duplock at Galerie Yukiko Kawase
An exhibition that continues an on going investigation with the subject of folk or folklore, bringing together a group of artists that in some way reference or touch upon the themes of folklore. The title 'The Gathering' refers to an assemblage or a meeting of people such as a community or collective from which folklore originates from. Using this as a point of departure the exhibition focuses on one aspect of folk that is ritual and explores its significance in contemporary culture.
The exhibition is divided into three parts to emphasize the varied ways folk and ritual has influenced contemporary art.
Authentic culture - whether it exists in the archives of museums (Matthew Cowan's use of the folk art archive), it is still in practice in non-western cultures where rituals are still part of daily life (Gazmend Ejupi's exploration of Albanian celebrations and Romany gipsy traditions) or established rituals are appropriated into contemporary practice (Marcus Coates exploration of shamanic processes)
Quotation - within modernism the craft movement included abstractions of patterns and motives found within folklore into a highly evolved art form. Starting with Bauhaus, much of contemporary art today references folk via the translated organic form into stylised artefacts or theatrical props to varying degrees of remove from the authentic, for example in Jonathan Baldock's sculptures.
Social experiment - taking its cue from the radical counterculture as it emerged in the Sixties and Seventies, where contemporary forms of tribal behaviour and clothing emerged. This appears in Jamie Shovlin's invented band Lustfaust: A Folk Anthology 1976 -80, a constructed, extensive and seemingly real archive of a fictional German noise band of the 1970s, Jack Duplock's protagonists of an imaginary cult, dressed up in shamanic outfits, Charles Danby's reduced drawings that bring new proposal to a central concern of the 70s Morning Star newsletters, that 'a free city is a gathering of free people', or Thijs Jansens's and Steven Tabutts paintings that reference iconography from popular culture and the internet.
A catalogue with full colour images will be availlable.
The show will run from September 25th till October 27th at Yukiko Kawase Galerie Art Contemporain, 4 Rue Auguste Barbier 75011, Paris
Preview: Tuesday 25th September 18h-20h
My contribution to this exhibition is made possible by the Startstipend I received from the Mondriaan Fund.