'Agence de Voyage' by Tim Braden is the eighth and final exhibition in the series 'Cabinets' which explores the working process of internationally renowned artists both emerging and established. 'Cabinets' is a unique series of exhibitions, which has as its overriding reference point, the Renaissance phenomenon 'The Cabinet of Curiosity', otherwise known as 'Wunderkammer'. The term was originally given to rooms displaying objects, antiquities, paintings and other eclectic ephemera from science and the arts and prefigures the birth of the Museum in Western art. Moreover these vitrines also left a spatial legacy credited with the development of Installation art.
The installations of Tim Braden employ a wide range of media combining painting, sculpture, film and photography. Braden's practice is informed by his travels to foreign places where he often spends time researching specific moments in history relevant to the location. Serendipitous pathways of gathered information allow him to accumulate a wealth of material, working like a magpie. Found snapshots from family celebrations, renderings of brightly coloured book covers, architectural models, sculptures of childhood toys, shop signage and photographs combine and collide to form fragmented narratives of time. Suggestive rather than prescriptive, his images are nostalgic in nature, reminiscent of a bygone era, yet still managing to remain firmly rooted in the present.
Previous solo exhibitions include: 'Jorge Americano', Ludlow 38, New York; 'As if it were another landscape', Faye Fleming Gallery (formerly Arquebuse), Geneva; 'I spend my evenings sitting by the fireside hunting tigers. A classroom for adventurers' Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam; 'Crossing rivers and climbing mountains' Arquebuse, Geneva; 'Chere Tante Hanneke' Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.
Group exhibitions include: 'Sculpture in Painting', The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; 'Shake It ' An Instant History of the Polaroid', Pump House Gallery, London; 'Natural Wonders: New Art from London', Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow; 'The Flight of the Dodo', Project Arts Centre Dublin; 'Summer Show', Timothy Taylor Gallery, London; 'Zuordnungsproblemes', Johann Koenig, Berlin; 'The 826NYC Artshow', David Zwirner Gallery, New York.
Tim Braden is represented in the UK by Timothy Taylor gallery, Faye Fleming Gallery in Geneva and Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam.
Each 'Cabinets' exhibition will consist of three substantial, purpose-built vitrines. The artist's interaction with these generates a project, which, we hope, will uncover new territories of research previously unseen in their work. Furthermore, the cabinets' highly specific format suggests a particular form of audience engagement and approach, thus altering and expanding the works' viewing conditions. Accompanying the series will be a limited edition box set of printed matter, designed by 'Language of Form'. Pamphlets will accompany each show with a commissioned text written by Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley, founding Directors of the 'Museum of Installation' and co-authors of several seminal books on installation art.