VULPES VULPES PRESENTS: Upward, not Northward

15 Jul 2010 – 5 Sep 2010

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12-6PM Thursday-Saturday or by appointment.

Edel Assanti

London, United Kingdom


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"Behold yon miserable creature. That Point is a Being like ourselves, but confined to the non-dimensional Gulf. He is himself his own World, his own Universe; of any other than himself he can form no conception; he knows not Length, nor Breadth, nor Height, for he has had no experience of them; he has no cognizance even of the number Two; nor has he a thought of Plurality; for he is himself his One and All, being really Nothing. Yet mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy. Now listen." Burton, Garrod and Stone have collaborated on an ongoing sound project (a ‘band' in the loosest possible sense of the word) for the last twelve years. This exhibition marks their second collective foray in to the visual arts. Approaching the modernist mainstay of geometry as mystics in the curatorial experiment Free On at Vulpes Vulpes in Hackney; the trio constructed makeshift tetrahedroid anti-plinths on which to mount randomised sound pieces that reworked their individual roles in the ‘band'. These tetrapods were surrounded by misleading geometric wall paintings that fused a modernist hard edge aesthetic with post modern psyborg hard links that took the viewer via their mobile phone to redundant information about the show posted on the gallery's website and a myspace page for a fake band. This new show at Edel Assanti is ostensibly inspired by Edwin Abott Abott's 1884 satirical novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (quoted above). In which a being from a two dimensional universe encounters a being of three dimensions and visits worlds of zero, one and three dimensions (although not ours). However it is also likely to be about the artists shared interests in theoretical physics, anarchism and semantic noise. Although there is nothing about misanthropy or crushing failure. There will be painting, text and video work that is responsive to the space and the themes outlined above.

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