Private view: Thursday 1 May 2008, 7 - 9 pm
This is money… this is greed… this is power… This is… In the Blackout… the blue petals of Forget-me-nots sit, a pretty, ghostly, presence on the surface of the canvas and behind an image of… what? Of, this… of pure desire, ordered, corralled into regularised working hours, into electronic information - light no less - that fills the hungry, unblinking computer screens that chart, with ruthless relentlessness, the fluctuating prices of every commodity in the world... This is… Christmas Bollocks… particles of carbon.... an element born late in the history of the universe… born in the heart of a dying star… once coal black, now, compressed by weight, heat and time, they are transmuted into sharp, clear crystals that glint from behind a reflective screen of glass in which Christmas lights glitter in dark moments… This is… Leeds Market... Edwardian iron structures that soar upwards, conspiring to capture space from the sky in order to frame the daily rituals of production, display and consumption… This is… Coming with her Husband… two luxury crustaceans, two limpid, languid langoustines, replete with lemon wedges… temptingly thrust towards you…
'If you think, from this prelude, that anything like a romance is preparing for you, reader, you never were more mistaken. Do you anticipate sentiment, and poetry, and reverie? Do you expect passion, and stimulus, and melodrama? Calm your expectations; reduce them to a lowly standard. Something real, cool and solid lies before you; something unromantic as Monday morning, when all who have work wake with the consciousness that they must rise and betake themselves thereto.'
Paradise Row is proud to present The Money Plot a new exhibition by Russian born, London-based artist Margarita Gluzberg. Comprising of paintings, drawings and a display of an eclectic range of books, printed matter and other ephemera, the show draws on autobiographical material from Gluzberg's Soviet childhood, historical images of the English industrial North, the glittering contemporary shop facades of Bond Street and iconic pictures of trading floors, to piece together a bio-fictional history of consumption and its effects.
The works plot a serendipitous course through an imagined, personal history of the birth of modern consumer society. No clear thesis is presented, no blueprint for resistance drawn up, instead Gluzberg offers an empathic, response to the vast, vital energies of capital flows that animate our world.
The title of the show is taken from an appendix of Balzac's novel La Cousine Bette. The work's editors decided that in order to understand the complex network of the characters‚ relationships and intrigues in the book, the reader must be provided with a synopsis they termed 'The Money Plot' - a breakdown of debts, financial dependencies and connections between the protagonists. The Money Plot lies behind all human relationships.
This is the Money Plot.