Exhibition

OLLY BECK - THE IMPOSSIBLE ROOM

27 Nov 2009 – 15 Dec 2009

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FREE

Sartorial Contemporary Art

London, United Kingdom

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  • 476, 390, 259, 214, 205, 91, 73, 63, 46, 45, 30, 17, 10
  • Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Euston

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Olly Beck's chosen title for his debut show at Sartorial Contemporary Art 'The Impossible Room' is taken from JG Ballard's experimental and seminal book 'The Atrocity Exhibition' written in 1970. And like Ballard coming out of the 1960's, Beck's recent painting precludes a decade of millennial hope tainted and occluded by extreme political, cultural and domestic crises. For Ballard and his contemporaries it looks to us like this sudden dystopia was written on the wall for all to see ' and thus responded to (within the luxury of our retrospective insight) in a unified way. But our current experience is bizarrely more subtle and full of detached and unending ambiguous irony. Who or what we believe in becomes less and less clear. Beck's work contains and runs with these lines of upended meaning, and his reading of Ballard's notion of a room or a space with its 'psychotic' apparitions is perhaps an epitaph of our 'silent rage' and unattended loss…

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