Exhibition

ARG (Art Redistribution Group)

24 Jun 2011 – 24 Jul 2011

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thursday-saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5

London, United Kingdom

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  • Bus: 12,36, 37, 63,78, 197, 343 , 436, 484, P12
  • Peckham Rye

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ARG (Art Redistribution Group)

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Art Redistribution Group (ARG) comprises of a natural working environment and client reception area, and state-of-the-art, art storage facility. ARG is committed to redefining representation for your environment. ARG is an installation by Arcadia Missa. The installation, featuring the works of 10 artists and designers, transforms the gallery into a familiar man made environment. It appears and functions on first view as the installation itself, but (via works within the installation) conversations will be raised on some key contradictions that are facing creative endeavors, now and in the near future. These include environmentally divisive design, continued discourse on representation (and re-representation) in artistic medias and arts funding. The exhibition assesses how and on what terms a work of art can function, not only by looking at the notion of art object, but also the environment, or parameters, that works may sit within. On entering the gallery you will enter the ARG reception area, proudly containing some of ARG's choice pieces from their collection. Past the reception is ARG's storage facility, upon entering this space you are met with propositions and potentials, all dormant and waiting to engage in the outside environment and ‘the natural', our everyday. The choice of ‘nature' as a common feature within the artwork is due to an attempted alignment by Arcadia Missa of the ideas surrounding a contemporary conversation on representation within art and design and aesthetisization as a lifestyle choice. The continued presence of representational distanciation in art and design (that which functions as an analogue of action) is increased via the context in which work is shown. And surprisingly this is evermore the case as image becomes participatory, as pictorial language becomes expressly relational. The gallery clearly offers no refuge from this problem of representational abstraction, and increasingly nor do the once utopian non-gallery spaces, online- amongst the ‘social' or as intervention. We're taking the most brazen utilization of representation / object abstraction, as our way into a discussion of social/political/cultural problems referenced in the work shown, and discussions on representation are at the same time brought to the fore (once again). By looking at the context that houses representations (artworks), we can begin to unpick how context and action of interpretation (or 'viewing') can effect the conversations that underpin, or initialize, the making of art. Each piece of work has been chosen for its specific critical response to contemporary concerns, but will act together to bring into question, the space or ‘edifice' that houses them.

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