Matthew La Croix
OVERZEALOUS, a group show, brings together nine new artists. All born in the Eighties at the height of capitalism, these artists were strung on by the sensationalism of the Nineties and the self-conscious, highly educated, insular vernacular of the recent past. INTRODUCING brings together a selection of artists, united under the multi-cultural umbrella of the global contemporary art scene. Picking up from a crashed art market, this diverse group works with new concerns and an awareness of the art patrons' growing hunger for cultural capital. No longer is it enough to be concerned just with the art world, these artists reach further, allowing for everything to influence their subject, not only interested in what effect they have but rather how they are affected by the world.
OVERZEALOUS is a context marked by a shared aesthetic yet the artists simultaneously occupy conflicting positions, their diverse practices drive contrasts and tensions within similar discussions. For example, Bentley Farrington and Charles Veyron both utilize online data and internet culture in their practice albeit their works appear to live at two ends of a spectrum. Also included in the show is Helen Benigson with her exceedingly narcissistic but politically loaded, oversaturated prints which exploit her own vulnerability with her hyper sexuality. Benigson's work provides a direct contrast to the silence and delicateness provided by Revati Mann's spatial interventions. Daniel Lipp's fascination with the perverse aspect of global tourism was transformed into elusive imagery and exquisite paintings.