Friday 14 November 2008

The Physical Impossibility of Curating Without Context

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The Physical Impossibility of Curating Without Context

Amy Pierpoint


Private View: Thursday 13th November, 7pm onwards

Exhibition: Fri 14th - Sun 23rd: 12pm -5pm

Admission free: open to public

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Backlit is a complex of artists' studios and gallery spaces, and acts as a hub for creativity in the area. We are dedicated to experimental work and cross-pollination of artistic practices. Set up by a group of Nottingham Trent University Fine Art graduates in 2008, we are proud to announce our Second exhibition, The physical impossibility of curating without context. A group of critical texts, with Illustrations By Tom Clarke, Damien Hirst and Beth Shapeero.


Gallery/ The Physical Impossibility of Curating without Context.

Every cultural event is grounded by the events that came before and after it. Culture is underpinned by chronology. As Artists, the objects we produce are anchored by their forefathers. This has led us to attempt to question this context of our practice as artists, curators and Gallerist'. Curating boils down to putting one object next to another, but sometimes as with decoration things can go astray one work can over power another, change its meaning or cause it to become something else entirely.

For this presentation we have utilised three art works as illustrations for writers to use as launch pads for critical and experimental writing around what context and curating can mean in the contemporary. We realise that no cultural product can become hermetic especially in relation to the generation before ourselves ,and their overpowering presence on the art world.

Studio/ Amy Pierpoint

Pierpoint presents new work subverting the romanticised idea of the artist as cult entity.

Project/ Deconstruct

Students from the Nottingham Trent University Fine Art Course respond to the title of the show in a controlled test of creativity where medium, production time and context are supplied by the Backlit.

With thanks to Nottingham Trent University and Duvel Beers for their kind contribututions.

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