Double Take

3 Apr 2008 – 11 Apr 2008

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Featured artists: Leo Babsky - Asit Bhatt - Alexandros Papathanasiou


An important point to remember about art is that no work is, or can be non-historical. In this regard, there is always a past 'whatever it might be- that has to be acknowledged in order to speculate the 'post'. DOUBLE TAKE is an attempt of misreading, and at the same time, acknowledging art history. The 'group-show' here is not to bring diverse art practices under a unity of the 'title'; rather it investigates the multiple possibilities within the uniformity of art history. It focuses on the critical challenges and the dialectical processes that are lacking in contemporary art practices. Three diverse art practices have come together on the common ground of art history, each one marking a New / Now as the very possibility within history. A common thread between these works, which enables the viewer to participate through the event of imagination. The commitment to 20th century and its art history is essential here as the 'passion of real'.

Leo Babsky's starting point, is expanding the concerns and vocabulary of the post ' minimalists. Experimenting with both its material and formal content. Quasi ' geometric structures hint at the purity of form of minimalism whilst contrasting with tactile, flexible and hanging elements recalling post ' minimalism.

Asit Bhatt's radical approach, examines the various events within 20th century art history and its political value. His writing and 'speech act' explores the political space within art and language. He tries to speculate art in 21st century as a kind of post-democratic event- the pure imagination of the community.

Papathanasiou's practice examines the tension between historical and everyday object. A practice, that focuses on process-oriented sculptures to incorporate the concept of time as the duration of change. Employing the medium of photography, this sculptural event is documented and presented to the viewer as a way of reconstructing the process that might have taken place.


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