For two weekends only: 8/9th and 15/16th June, 2-6pm.
Space36 has invited nine artists to construct beauty in the performance of their art practice, to discover or invent a jagged notion of beauty that is appropriate for our times.
We want to open up the idea of beauty- going beyond traditional notions of ideal form and good taste, or the avantgarde’s suspicion of beauty as ideologically complicit with political power, to even more ancient ideas of the beautiful as an ethical way of being human.
In the exhibition, the artists position beauty as variously performative, democratic, subversive, and not limited to the visual. Christina Lovey's and Lisa Kreuziger's participative works underline the democratic, open ended nature of beauty; Marta Pieregonczuk, La Liana and Tom Hackett play with classical notions of beauty and the pleasures and pains of attempting to fix desire; Liz Brown, Ahmed Farooqui and Louise Scillitoe-Brown experiment in the field of the visual while Jeannette Abi Khalil questions the privilege that is accorded the visual over the cognitive in western discourse.
Space36 is an occasional experimental art venue based in an inhabited house in a residential street in North London. Space36 is set up in the belief that the spaces in which art is created, shown and discussed set the conditions for the sort of art that is to be practiced. The rules of such spaces both constrain and liberate artists, the hosts and the audience in particular ways.