Hope and Despair is an exhibition that takes as its starting point the notion that all artists have the capacity to be hopeful and that this inherent attitude is often counter to the subjects, ideologies, understandings and materials that artists are drawn to, as well as the very real and dramatic context in which art is made.
The works within this exhibition have been chosen because of their relationship to this ambiguity. Whilst some works deal directly with notions of hopefulness, exuding a spirit of general positivity or worth, others are tinged with doubt and even propose a bleak future. Some works seem to champion past artistic movements and ideologies, adopting the aspirational strategies of a previous generation, perhaps in the hope of continuing the inquiry. Other works reflect upon current ideas of experimental and communal living and notions of political and social change. Other works deal more directly with an attitude towards materials and making, where formal investigations have the potential for re-growth.