Private View: Friday 16 May 2014, 7-9 pm
Matt Ager, Laura Aldridge, James Clarkson, Hannah Lees, Dominic Watson
Potentiality. Oh yes, just do it.
Potentiality is to have a chance, to take risks, to maybe fail.
It is also that moment in which you let things be and explore limits.
The slippery definition of potentiality is here addressed, not as the future actualisation of an idea, but as the formless status of becoming.
Objects are full of potential.
Materials are full of potential.
Individuals are also full of potential.
The show celebrates a dynamic approach towards cultural making, looking at an enlarged notion of potentiality, imagined as a perfume to wear or an attitude.
Potentiality, in this context, is a vehicle to refuse fixed formal hierarchies, dismantling and removing elements from any original visual context, to form a set of instructions in the production of new works.
The result, is a sort of material slang where each element offers to blend its characteristics with those of others, exchanging roles and re-awakening unexpected sensible features. New technologies support these metamorphoses with unprecedented possibilities, increasing accessibility and flattening differences between data, identities, images and objects.
Pushing ontological properties to opposite ends, the artists invited employ a variety of materials, references and processes to critically explore artistic forms and their wider collective cultural significance in relation to art history, life-styles, pop-culture, desire and representation.
The Basement at Paradise Row is a new exhibition programme that showcases the works of emerging artists. Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, The Basement at Paradise Row runs concurrently alongside the main programme.