Taking a starting point from the character Frédéric in Gustave Flaubert’s ‘Sentimental Education’, Scott Robertson has gathered together a mix of artists’ work all focusing on a transformation of sorts. Flaubert deals with longing, to ascend in life, in standing, in love, in the company of others. Every attempt to escape oneself.
New and existing works are brought together to explore the simple act of change through a variety of means, including:
the simple act of giving another artist's name while in Starbucks buying coffee (Jonathan Monk);
dragging in the detritus of parenting young children to form a modernist facade (Simon Newby);
the simple realisation that ones chance of a rock and roll future are just not meant to be (Scott King);
everyday items yearning for change, but rendering themselves useless in the process (Scott Robertson);
artists gazing into another artist's world (Ryan Gander);
paintings used as tools to try and transform the physical and physic state of those who gaze upon them (Ian Whittlesea);
and a dark and humorous self analysis (Mark Spelman).
Included in the show are two specially produced editions. Curator and writer Lynda Morris has become the artist in a small run book, and musician Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap, Lucky Pierre) has produced a 7inch vinyl in collaboration with Robertson.
The exhibition was originally exhibited at Project 78 Gallery, in St Leonards-on-Sea, and for its presentation in Great yarmouth includes works by Dolly Sen, who has applied simple twists to familiar objects to create a commentary on the perception of mental health and madness within society.
The full list of exhibiting artists in Great Yarmouth is: