Outrageous Fortune

4 Jul 2011 – 27 Aug 2011

Focal Point Gallery

Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom


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Organised by Focal Point Gallery and Hayward Touring


New work by: Jonathan Allen, Aaron Angell, Ed Atkins, Anna Barriball, Zoe Beloff, Manfredi Beninati, Juliette Blightman, Erik Blinderman, Pavel Braila, Paul Buck, Edwin Burdis, Montgomery Cantsin and Kat Harvey, Rachel Cattle, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Izumi Chiaraluce, Adam Chodzko, Keith Coventry, Cullinan / Richards, John Cussans, Tom Dale, Simon Davenport, Sara De Bondt, Arnaud Desjardin, Tatjana Doll, Ruth Ewan, Graham Fagan, Keith Farquhar, Michael Fullerton, Manuela Gernedel, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Griffiths, HIT (Lina Grumm and Annette Lux), Will Holder, Phillipa Horan, Kenneth Hunt, Candice Jacobs, Alan Kane, Scott King, Anja Kirchner and David Panos, Jonty Lees, Cedar Lewisohn, George Henry Longly, Fiona Mackay, Roger Malbert, Dawn Mellor, Jeremy Millar, Elinor Morgan, Fraser Muggeridge, Mike Nelson, Novel (Matt Williams and Alun Rowlands), Luigi Ontani, Anna Parkina, Katie Paterson, Joà £o Penalva, Perle Petit, Simon Popper, Manuel Reader, Dan Rees, James Richards and Thom Murphy, Hannah Rickards, Hannah Sawtell, Noah Sherwood, Jamie Shovlin, Lindsay Seers, Cally Spooner, Jemima Stehli, Jack Strange, Stephen Sutcliffe, Emma Talbot, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Nadia Thondrayen, Suzanne Treister, Raisa Veikkola and Frida Alvinzi, Julie Verhoeven, Sophie von Hellerman, Tris Vonna-Michell in dialogue with Konst och teknik, Stuart Whipps, Rachel Withers, and Cerith Wyn Evans. The tarot is a pack of playing cards originating in Italy in the 15th century. Used in most of Europe to play games, in the English-speaking world the tarot is generally associated with divination. A rich source of imagery, it includes such archetypes as The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The High Priest, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World. For this project, seventy-eight artists, whose work encompasses a variety of formal, conceptual, expressionist, literary or design-based approaches, have been asked to create a card for a contemporary tarot pack. Each artist has been drawn a card from the classic Tarot de Marseilles deck, and invited to interpret it concisely through the lens of their own practice. Slimvolume Poster Publication was initiated by Andrew Hunt in 2001 as a way for artists to develop their work within a strict format of a print edition and publication. This new edition of the project has been developed with Hayward Touring. The first presentation of the project will be launched at Focal Point Gallery with an exhibition between 27 June and 27 August 2011. In this exhibition, the artists' original artworks, all produced to a standard A3 format, will be shown framed, accompanied by a brief synopsis of each card.


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