Richard Butler | Ian Giles | Karl-Oskar Olsson | Joseph Popper
In Caught in the Act, implausible contraptions, eccentric gizmos and sinking boats, pranks and practical joking prevail. There is a kind of contemporary Heath Robinson quality that sits at the heart of much of the work presented in this group exhibition by recent graduates of Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Working within performance, video and photography the four young artists allow themselves to share a spirit of play, they recognize absurdity and silliness as hopeful and emotionally resonant possibilities. These artists also share a fascination with documentation and an idea that perhaps the artwork is not only in a performance itself, but in its traces and representations. The artists in Caught in the Act make use of playful methods and associations, but at the same time they explore the power tensions between personal and institutional relationships. They create spaces of cynicism and humour, and occupy a zone between sincerity and absurdity.
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