Joseph Noonan-Ganley and Frank Wasser - Sad Mirror

6 Oct 2018 – 28 Oct 2018

Event times

Sat., Sun., 12:00 - 18:00

xero, kline & coma

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • buses 26, 48, 55
  • Hoxton tube

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The works in this exhibition arise out of two different forms of labour. Frank Wasser’s newspaper works focus on the culture of precarious work under zero-hour contracts, while Joseph Noonan-Ganley’s HD video focuses on eroticised labour in the making and wearing of early 20th century dresses.


Wasser’s Zero Hour Fragments, 2018, takes the formal characteristics of an exhibition as a fiction in and of itself; grey floors, white walls and at times a deafening silence. Sculptural vinyl text, sound and fictional newspapers from the near and distant future confront the viewer with a series of questions and possible outcomes. These address precarious work within a contemporary art context and the political instability of the current moment. News tells of PM Jeremy Corbyn, the assassination of Donald Trump and calls for a referendum on a United Ireland as a result of fallout from a NO DEAL Brexit. 

Central to Noonan-Ganley’s The Cesspool of Rapture, 2017, are moving-image studies of zippers, stains, rips, abrasions, openings, and closings in a series of dresses made by the American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). These videos register and move through the material research, the garments, at alternating speeds. The changing speed is registered in sound by clicks synced to each individual frame. It is at times violent and at other times tentative and gentle as the uncovering of the damage to the dresses unfolds. Audio recordings of James explicating his interests in eroticism and sexuality persistently interject the footage.

Frank Wasser, recent and upcoming exhibitions and performances: Survey, 2018, Jerwood Space, London; Radical Residency 2, 2018, Unit 1 Gallery/Workshop, London; The Slow Cancellation of The Future, 2018, am London, London; Letters of Last Resort, 2018, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels; The Living Newspaper, 2018 (with Chris Timms and Elaine Reynolds), Tate Modern, London; Hmn 11, 2017, Somerset House, London; Dear Diogenes this is Something Else, 2016, Villa Empain, Brussels. Frank Wasser is supported by Arts Council of Ireland. 

Joseph Noonan-Ganley, recent exhibitions and performances: Something 3 Be Scared Of, 2018, no.w.here, London; Amended Plastics, 2017, puntWG, Amsterdam; Heretics 12, Broken Diorama, 2017, Radio Quantica, Portugal; Stories From the Sculpture City, 2018, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds; Plural Melts: Femme Fabrications, 2016, Yvonne Lambert gallery, Berlin; Moving Performances, 2016, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK.

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Pil and Galia Kollectiv

Exhibiting artists

Joseph Noonan-Ganley

Frank Wasser


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