Great group show opening tonight Thursday 7th March Misuse: Creating Alternatives at The Cass Bank Gallery

Popular Problems Barry Sykes

Office Tower Wayne Chisnall

8th – 22nd March 2013 The Cass Bank Gallery London Metropolitan University 59 – 63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF

We live our lives in the middle of things” Sherry Turkle 2007

Alice Anderson, Kyle Bean, Wayne Chisnall, Blue Curry, Nancy Fouts, Nick Gentry, Darren Harvey-Regan, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Guy Laramee, Elisabeth Lecourt, Hannah Lee, Barry Sykes.

MA Curating the Contemporary at London Metropolitan University in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery present their first exhibition: Misuse: Creating Alternatives.

This exhibition explores the extent to which objects have an impact on our lives, leaving a malleable impression, allowing our imagination to engage in a debate, questioning purpose and the possibility of reinvention. Each featured artist uses objects to manipulate, appropriate or fetishize objects by creating new sculpture, installation or simply an object with an unexpected twist.

Themes of identity, memory and of play are the found in the work of Guy Laramee, Nancy Fouts, Kaarina Kaikkonen and Elisabeth Lecourt, who expresses vulnerability through old maps fashioned into paper dresses. Whereas others like, Barry Sykes, Kyle Bean, Alice Anderson and Nick Gentry alter meanings by transforming the ‘everyday object’. Blue Curry’s cement mixer for example is not for cement, but sun cream. Darren Harvey- Regan’s photography-based practice also uses objects but instead the focus is on the photograph as an object in its own right. Finally Wayne Chisnall’s sculptures have been reworked to adapt to the unusual ‘Bank’ galley space.

The artworks connect with the audience through a mixture of familiarity and uncertainty. Whilst the original meanings of most objects are innocuous, when transformed into ‘art objects’ they become something else entirely.

Curated by: Abigail Shamah, Elisabetta Rabajoli, Myrto Katsimicha, Natalie Craven, Nina Borel, Phoebe Bradford, Cristina Ramos, Anne Sellers.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FAD magazine. FAD magazine is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moniker Art Fair, START, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City Magazine.

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