Exhibition

AUTONOMY

8 Sep 2016 – 25 Sep 2016

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OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 6 - 10

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FREE

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  • WHITECHAPEL
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About

“A basic theme for the anarch is how man, left to his own devices, can defy superior forces – whether state, society, or the
elements – by making use of their rules without submitting to them.

‘It is strange,’ Sir William Parry wrote when describing the igloos on Winter Island, ‘it is strange to think that all these measure are taken against the cold – and in houses of ice.”

Ernst Jünger, Eumeswil (1977)

Martin J Tickner, Sean McLusky, Martin Bell and Wai Hung Young have the pleasure of inviting you to Autonomy, the inaugural exhibition at Gallery 46, Whitechapel on September 7th, 2016.

Autonomy finds its roots in the Greek autonomia ‘independent, living by one’s own laws’. An acute description of the artists
included in this opening show and for the gallery itself as a venture. As the title infers and the curation of the exhibition reflects, Autonomy embraces change as a constant along with self-determination and the absenting of ties to a greater whole. 

The new space, established through the partnership of Martin J Tickner and Sean McLusky and Fruitmachine founders, Martin Bell & Wai Hung Young breaks fresh ground for the open-source, non-conformist curatorial approach Tickner and McLusky employed at their (rightly) notorious MEN Gallery, in Shoreditch.  

Whitechapel has long been the centre of the radical and independent in London: perhaps a free mindset is the result of something entwined in the ‘east end’. It was here on the edge of the City of London that Marx and Engels researched their theories and close by Gallery 46, Vladimir Lenin led rallies during his pre-Russian revolution exile. Charlotte Wilson and Peter Kropotkin’s anarchist publishing house, Freedom Press, still operates locally.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that Shoreditch and Whitechapel’s history of migration, flux and revolution is also mirrored in the
opening of a new gallery here, signifying as it does arrival, departure and evolution for Tickner, McLusky, Bell & Young.  Housed in a pair of newly renovated Georgian houses in the grounds of Whitechapel Hospital, Gallery 46 is set over 3 floors and 8 rooms and is a kaleidoscopic addition to Whitechapel’s burgeoning gallery scene and close by its artistic heart, the Whitechapel Gallery.

Autonomy, opening 7th September 2016, offers a review of the creative divergence that was established at MEN Gallery wed to works newly commissioned for this exhibition featuring over a dozen artists and including pieces from Polly Morgan, Paul Fryer, Derrick Santini, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Robert Montgomery, Sean Dower, Nick Waplington and Kelly-Anne Davitt.

With a sharpened focus on the independent spirit of this multi-disciplinary group, connected by little more than a desire to
re-enchant art away from an increasingly clunking and industrialised circuit and who continue to overthrow received truths in the genesis and execution of their work, Autonomy reveals the future contours of Whitechapel’s evergreen spirit of insurrection.  

ARTISTS

BARRY FLANNAGEN    BENOîT DELHOMME     BRIAN WILKINS    DAVE DORRELL    DERRICK SANTINI    MARK ELEY  & JON WHITBREAD    GAVIN BENNETT    KELLY-ANNE DAVITT    MARTIN SEXTON    NICK WAPLINGTON    NOKI    PAUL FRYER    POLLY MORGAN    ROBERT MONTGOMERY    SEAN DOWER    SEULGI KANG    SHAUN CATON    TIM NOBLE & SUE WEBSTER    VESNA PETRESIN    WARREN DU PREEZ & NICK THORNTON JONES    WILL SWEENEY

 

Exhibiting artists

Derrick Santini

Dave Dorrell

Brian Wilkins

Robert Montgomery

Polly Morgan

Mark Eley & Jon Whitbread

Sean Dower

Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Jonny Reding

Barry Flannagen

Will Sweeney

Kelly-anne Davitt

Benoît Delhomme

Seulgi Kang

Shaun Caton

Vesna Petresin

Noki

Paul Fryer

Nick Waplington

Gavin Bennett

Martin Sexton

Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

Taking part

Londonewcastle Project Space

Londonewcastle Project Space

London, United Kingdom

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