Oliver Bragg - Diagram of the Universe

13 Jun 2008 – 27 Jul 2008

Another Roadside Attraction

London, United Kingdom


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Oliver Bragg Diagram of the Universe Another Roadside Attraction Gallery is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition by artist Oliver Bragg. A large part of Braggs practice in recent years has been the documentation and cataloguing of the inane, innocuous and absurd. Making visual, events and occurrences usually ignored he maps an askew view of the world that teeters between the banal and fantastic. Bragg finds comedy and tragedy in the inconsequential to produce his subjective history of the world that emphasises the small stories over the headlines. His drawing style is not limited to any particular idiom or style but changes to suit the subject matter. Part autobiographical and part sharp observations of the urban environments that he inhabits, his work makes comment on everything from art history, to Popular Culture, human relationships to geography, aspiration to status. His large drawing ‘Diagram of the Universe,' absurdly offers us the possibility of answering any question. Bragg's work however does not supply any resolutions, but only further enquiry. It is the chaos of the universe that Bragg attempts to document, but not in an anthropological sense but as an active participant in the world around him, sometimes merely recording an event and other times as the catalyst in the unfolding narrative. Using the methods of a childish prank in ‘Phone home,' Oliver calls his childhood home telephone number and asks for himself. This playful piece demonstrates with humour his interest in the futile and our relationship to memory and place. In ‘Bet,' he has placed a £10 bet that the end of the world will take place in 2050. Although apocalyptic and paranoid it exists as a real fiscal proposal but abstractly as a financial claim. ‘ARGHHH!!!' a short onomatopoeic word of frustration has been extended by Bragg to become something more laboured and process based. This usually cathartic expression has been reverted to become the source of irritation. Oliver Bragg was born in 1981 and graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2003. He has exhibited internationally and recently at Gasworks London in the exhibition Holiday In. For more information or images please contact Richard Adamson on +442089814312 or email info@anotherroadsideattraction.org


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