The Garden of Forking Paths

16 Mar 2016 – 27 Mar 2016

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry


Lewisham Arthouse

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 36,436,171,172,321
  • New Cross/New Cross Gate
  • New Cross/New Cross Gate

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Group show of 17 artists


“Destiny takes pleasure in repetitions, variations, symmetries”   -  Jorge Luis Borges

This collection of work by seventeen artists, showing diverse and unique methods and interests, is waiting for an infinite tapestry of connections to be woven across it. Beneath the surface, however, I would ask (contentiously) if an art work can have any subject equal to the basic fact that it has been made? I have brought this work together mainly as an account of what I consider to be a definitive characteristic of the making process – impossibility. The writer Paul Valéry is often paraphrased as having said that a poem is never finished; only abandoned.

“A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.” 

The title of this show is borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges. The Garden of Forking Paths is a beguiling story about an impossible book that is also a labyrinth. Borges was famous for condensing complex, paradoxical ideas into incredibly short fiction, much of it expressing his attraction and/or frustration with the “muse of impossibility”. 

 “Stupidity is the desire to conclude” – Gustave Flaubert.

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Russell Terry

Exhibiting artists

Sarah Longworth-West

Roland Hicks

Italia Rossi

Paul Robinson

Jack Otway

Russell Terry

Trevor Simmons

Lucy Harker

Cedric Christie

Ryan Terry

Rowena Boshier

Tom Hemming

Brigitte Parusel

Simon Liddiment

Charley Peters

Caterina Lewis

Ludovica Gioscia


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