Griffin’s third exhibition with Bureau I should be doing something else right now will feature new work in multiple media. Alabaster, plaster and clay sculptures, ink drawings, textile and garment pieces mingle with ambient sound, light and screen-based images. Her hybrid space – between meeting room, office and studio – houses collaborations with Jenny Carson, Kristen Jensen and Cian McConn.
There is a desperation in the pathological inward focusing of self-help movements, motivational speakers and life coaches. Terms (that I love to hate and love to love) like ‘mesearch’, ‘expectation hangover’ and ‘if it’s not a hell yes it’s a no!’, illustrate the sense of entitlement that is as omnipresent as the disappointment from not having ‘a life beyond your wildest dreams’. Ironically much of this stems from a bastardisation of ancient meditation practices the aim of which is ultimately ‘to see things as they really are’. The works brought into this space on one hand parody the superficiality of self-obsession through self-reflection but also look towards it as a solution.
- Vivienne Griffin
Griffin’s installations read like psychic spaces, inside a mind in limbo. This room features the smartphone glow of translucent alabaster, a punk rendition of a self-help podcast and candles flickering from digital, battery-powered and live flames. Unique sweatshirts-cum-straight jackets hang alongside pairs of identical drawings of ‘before and after’ beauty experiments, challenging the expectation of novelty and originality. Griffin has a complicated position to her subject matter: her nuanced nihilism both employs and criticizes the contemporary incarnations of “nothingness” taken from meditation and spiritual practices.