Exhibition

Jamie Shovlin: The Evening Redness in the West

26 Aug 2009 – 31 Oct 2009

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'The Evening Redness in the West' is the final instalment in a trilogy of exhibitions which examined the disparity between reality and idealism through an exploration of the narratives and fictions that a nation projects to the world. Taking as its starting point a number of carefully chosen events from recent American history, the interrelated works presented here chart an era of dramatic change in both American and global politics, spanning from the depression of the 1930s to the present day. They draw attention to the marks made on society and the individual by a range of populist, political and cultural media, questioning how each has affected contemporary history in such a decisive way. Through a variety of media - drawing, screenprinting, watercolour and photography - these works collapse the domestic and familiar within a dense web of global connections, national politics and international affairs. Creating an evocative chain of cause and effect, history and memory, they offer an investigation into the relationship between lived personal experience and the official historical record.

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