6 July – 4 August 2007
Jennifer Allen, Yason Banal, Ellen Cantor, William Cobbing, Colin Guillemet, Miranda Laughlin, Gavin Tremlett, Jackson Webb
Dark Glasses is a witty reflection on ideas of love, relationships and sexuality by artists from Europe, USA and the Philippines. For some of the artists these thematic strands are at the core of their subject matter – for others they are more latent or embedded within a broader range of concerns. The exhibition asks how these subjects might be figured into current art practice, and raises questions about sincerity, sentimentality, and a tendency to relegate ‘love’ to the anecdotal. The exhibition comprises works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video and live performance.
Jennifer Allen’s videos and performances parody the rituals and power relations of the striptease, drawing on research that she conducts by working in pole-dancing and strip clubs. Allen is currently reading an Mphil/PhD in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Recent exhibitions include The Dream of Putrefaction at the Metropole Galleries, Folkestone and Fieldgate Gallery, London, and Spit Roast at Gallery 33, Berlin.
Yason Banal lives and works in Manila, Philippines. He uses a wide range of conceptual strategies to weave together traditional and contemporary folklores, icons and belief systems. His work takes various forms, moving between performance, music, installation, photography, video and delicate craft-like objects. Banal was included in the 2006 Singapore Biennale. His upcoming solo exhibition, Waiting for the Skies to Fall is at AIT, Tokyo in 2007.
Detroit born Ellen Cantor is internationally recognised for her videos, drawings and artist books. Combining popular imagery with personal experience, she creates narratives that reflect both a social commentary and real intimacy. Cantor has exhibited widely in museums and private galleries throughout Europe and the United States. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at ABBT Projects, Zurich and 1000000mph, London.
William Cobbing’s broad aesthetic spectrum incorporates prosthetic-like sculptures, photographs, drawings and videos. He often intervenes in existing spaces to suggest narratives and displace our sense of normality. Solo shows include Freud Museum, London upcoming in 2007 with related works at the Camden Arts Centre, and Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst, Belgium in 2006.
Colin Guillemet works with the idea in mind that art is an attempt at language. He also tries to respond exactly to the expectations and cliches associated with encountering art: what it is, and what it does or should be doing. He has shown widely including Small Mischiefs at Pump House Gallery, London and is is a co-founding member of PILOT.
Miranda Laughlin’s body of work can be seen as an expanding archive in which she acts as librarian, collector and taxonomer. Using photography, 16mm film and objects, Laughlin constructs scenes of communication, which are characterised by a sense of misalignment. Laughlin graduated from Chelsea in 2006 and showed in There’s No Place Like Home at Homestead Gallery.
Gavin Tremlett’s work engenders both a vulgarity rooted in contemporary culture, as well as nostalgia for a lost mode of figuration in painting. Broadly speaking, his work touches on themes of eroticism, sexuality, transgression, beauty and identity, which threaten to overwhelm the gentleness of touch and craftsmanship applied to the canvas. In 2006 he had a solo exhibition at Wohnmaschine Gallery, Berlin, and took part in a group exhibition Icons at Chung King Projects, Los Angeles.
Jackson Webb is a partnership between Charlotte Webb and Mark Jackson. They explore the complexities of co-authorship by working in media that have traditionally been associated with individual subjectivity, such as painting, sculpture and drawing. Since graduating from Chelsea in 2006 they have been included in several group exhibitions, and their solo show Soft Lighting, was at the Living Room Gallery, Manila, Philippines.