Andrew Warstat

1 Mar 2008 – 21 Mar 2008

Outpost Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom


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After the Disaster



After The Disaster


Preview: Saturday 1st March, 6 to 9pm
On view: 2nd to 21st March
12noon to 6pm daily

OUTPOST presents Andrew Warstat, whose exhibition, After The Disaster, combines ruined images and literary encounters.

Warstat is exhibiting a collection of photo-objects which have been produced through a repeated process of photographing, printing, defacement and re-photographing. These photo-objects move back and forth through a landscape of pictured and re-enacted devastation, refracting our preconceived image of disaster.

The photo-objects lie against a large expanse of text that transcribes a conversation. The individuals in the conversation are anonymous, but we might suppose - given OUTPOST's tradition of interviewing exhibiting artists ' that they are the artist and one or more OUTPOST artist-members. The dialogue follows the participants' attempts to talk about writing. Its content is considered but the structure is improvised. The miscommunication inherent in the conversation generates revision and correction that mimic the process of looking at the photo-objects installed in the gallery space.

A second encounter with the photo-objects occurs in the publication which has been produced to accompany the exhibition. Here, Warstat's photographic constructs are printed alongside an essay by writer Mike Phillipson, who makes connections between Warstat, representation and survival. In the process, Phillipson maps out his own philosophy of disaster.

Andrew Warstat has shown at the Cubitt Gallery, London and South Hill Park, Berkshire. He jointly curated Empty, Swept and Garnished in a derelict, town-centre office block in Shrewsbury. He is currently studying for his PhD in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.


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