Fake Id

16 Oct 2008 – 9 Nov 2008

Event times

wednesday-saturday 12.00-18.00

Cost of entry


Vegas Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • bus 388, 55, 26
  • Bethnal Green Road Tube station / Cambridge Heath train station

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artists: Jemima Brown Morten Viskum Michelle Deignan Risk Hazekamp simon Willems Angie Reed Caron Geary And Other Artists curated by Ken Pratt The actualization of an authenticity is a notion that remains bound up in popular notions of the aims of artistic practice. Perpetuated by the osmosis of art historical ideas into the popular consciousness, mass understandings of art often embrace the idea that the artist seeks to present an authentic experience. This is particularly notable in popular notions about figurative and representational art: the artist strives to offer the viewer an authentic insight into the full identity of a portrait sitter or to render a building or vista in a way that offers a true sense of the experience, one that cuts to its essence. If anything, this notion of the artist as someone who can offer us the 'real' experience of something in all its beauty or power may even have been heightened in the evolutionary developments to overcome reactionary expectations of representation or realism in the period after photography and movements such as Modernism. Perhaps nothing highlights this preoccupation with the relationship between artistic practices and 'the authentic' more than the developments of discourses such as Bourriaud's notions of Relational Aesthetics in the late 1990's. Within them there is an intrinsic assumption that artistic practices that seek to engage 'authentically' with social contexts constitute a valid and, perhaps, more desirable position for contemporary artists. In many instances, these notions of art that has an authentic engagement with the social context has shied away from artistic practices that results in objects; steer clear of things looking anything like the traditional idea of the painting or sculpture. And yet, both currently, and contemporaneous to the developments of the kinds of practices offered up in a Relational Aesthetics and its adjunct and subsequent developments, there are numerous contemporary artists who, through very different means and to very different ends, intrinsically build in evident artifice and 'inauthenticity' to their work. Identifiable fakeness, artifice or even blatant lies appear as content, concept or working methodologies. Sometimes as counterpoint in which questions about the formal orthodoxies of art are challenged, sometimes as juxtaposition playing a game of double-bluff with popular notions of art as a purveyor of an 'authentic' human experience, diverse artists adopt strategies in which visual elements of the discernibly false and inauthentic feed discussions about everything from the nature of personal identity and cultural trends to media constructs of the documentary. Fake I.D. is a group show that traces some of these devices and strategies through the work of a handful of international artists producing work today. Ken Pratt © 2008


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