'Transcript' will explore the use of text in contemporary art that has been transcribed from every day sources. For over a century artists from Picasso onwards have turned to low sources gleaned from everyday life. Found elements derived from life in the studio, street and café were deployed to confront the audience directly with the stuff of reality at a time of great political, social and cultural flux. Picasso's introduction of text as a prominent component prepared the way for contemporary artists to develop it into a subject in itself, and to engage directly with popular culture; commercial strategies; and semantics. The artists in this exhibition embrace the dissolution of hierarchical materials and sources. 'Transcript' will include painting, work on paper, video, installation, sculpture, performance and assemblage derived from film, signage, posters, advertising, newspapers, notebooks, diaries, clichés, graffiti, tattoo and schizophrenic acoustic hallucinations.
Additionally, 'Transcript' will investigate the disruption of language. Text based work has the facility to communicate universally, at least to an audience who understand the same language. However, it is often characterised by fragmentation and incoherence, where the association between signifier and signified is disrupted. This exhibition will assert that broken, covered, erased, reversed, redacted, or dissolving words, letters or sentences serve to deconstruct language in order to encourage ambiguous, new or unintentional meanings.
The exhibition will include two performances by Tim Etchells:
Tim Etchells 'Some Imperatives', 2011 Performance (performed by Andrew Stevenson).
Thursday 24 May 6.30pm | Saturday 23 June 3.00pm.
The event will take place at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, 336 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR. Private View 24 May. Open from 11am-6pm Wednesday to Saturday. Please contact the gallery for further information on 020 7739 4055. Follow the gallery @CHARLIESMITHldn.
Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.
Artists / Speakers: Fiona Banner, Pavel Büchler, Matt Calderwood, Ben Eine, Tim Etchells, Barry Finan & Rosanne Robertson, Sam Jackson, Hugh Mendes, J Price, Michael Scoggins, Barry Thompson, Mark Titchner, Amikam Toren, Mark Wallinger.