RUSE: the artfulness of deceit

20 Mar 2017 – 19 May 2017

Event times

Open Monday - Friday 12 - 6pm
Thursdays late opening until 7pm
Please note the gallery will be closed for two weeks at Easter from 10.04.17 – 21.04.17

Cost of entry

Free admission

The Holden Gallery

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Oxford Road Station

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Artists Zoe Beloff, Laurent Grasso, Bridget Smith, Clare Strand and Suzanne Treister make work reflecting on the shifting boundaries between reality, truth and illusion.


As television has become saturated with its own constructed take on ‘reality’ and news media has become more deeply embroiled in the question of what authenticity might actually mean – the exhibition takes time to explore some of the grey areas between reality and illusion. In some ways, ideas of reality are only a matter of belief, if this is the case, then the points where this is stretched to breaking point become of particular interest. In the world of the magic act, we know we are being tricked by the skill of the performer, the intrigue lies in the way it is done. Outside of the theatrical, where different kinds of deception take place, things are not always so easy to spot.

The exhibition focusses on things that are not quite what they seem. It is based firmly in the realm of the ordinary,
but the ways in this might be transformed. This appears through different guises; an interest in the world of illusion, reconfiguring the pages of the mass media, cinema as a device to divert the masses. All of which relates to the desire to manipulate people and things.

Exhibiting artists

Bridget Smith

Laurent Grasso

Zoe Beloff

Clare Strand

Suzanne Treister


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