with subcutaneous lunges
and hard caresses
a plinth of technosavagery*
Marked by Sansbury’s consciously clunky and totemic aesthetic AMAXAMA is a mash-up of forms and thoughts centred on a single monumental hub. Housed in a large-scale walk-in architectural structure built by Sansbury over a three-week period leading up to the exhibition, sculpture, painting, photography, collage, film and sound will coalesce to form a single complex installation.
An expanded referential field underpins AMAXAMA as a whole. Sansbury is seduced by that which is old and Other; symbolic registrations drawn from myth and tribe merging with an archival passion for Old Europe and its many alchemic oddities to form the baseline of his exhibition.
AMAXAMA is Ben Sansbury’s first major solo exhibition. He studied at St Martins and The Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London. AMAXAMA is the fourth NEU! exhibition at SPACE. Previous exhibitions were: colourless green ideas sleep furiously by Adam Thomas (March 2010), What I Believe (a Polemical Collection) by Ruth Beale (November 2009) and PROH-SOH’ PA-PEER by Richard John Jones (September 2009). NEU! is an ongoing cycle of solo exhibitions by emerging artists at SPACE.
*excerpt from Bruce Boston’s America Comes, published in Semiotext(e) SF (1989).
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