The subjects of Rob Crosse’s films, often groups of older men, are bound into an intimate and supportive network through a collective activity. A time that celebrates former technological achievements before digital communications, virtual relationships and cloud-based knowledge hubs. Social rituals are central to Crosse’s films. These secular rituals appear both strange and unquestionably necessary, or significant. It is Crosse’s respectful engagement with the men in his films that drive the works. Their stories and conversations allow him access into the group to observe the smallest gestures, the subtlest movements and interactions.
In case of death by David Nash is a text commissioned on the occasion of Clear as a bell and will accompany the exhibition.
On Saturday 16 April from 3-5pm, Rob Crosse will be screening a series of his films - two of which haven’t been shown in the UK before - followed by a discussion lead by artist, writer and academic Dr. Chantal Faust.
The exhibition will close with a lecture-performance from Noah Angell, a reading from David Nash and a guest speaker on Saturday 7th May from 6pm, more details coming soon.
'Clear as a bell' is open Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm
Rob Crosse lives and works in London. He graduated with an MFA from the Slade school of Fine Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include; Time and Space, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A, 2016; Family Politics, Jerwood, London, 2013; and New Perspectives, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar, 2013. Crosse has screened his films in a number of institutions both nationally and internationally including; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London and 1Shantiroad, Bangalore, India. He has completed residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A; Foundation Marcelino Botin, Santander, Spain; and Woodmill, London, UK.
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