OCCUPY MY TIME PRESENTS:
PAST AND PRESENT
CURATED BY SUE COHEN
PAST: HISTORY/PRECEDENT/ANCIENT TIMES/EARLIER PERIOD.
In the painting Past and Present, No. 3 1858 by Augustus Leopold Egg 1816-1863set under the Adelphi arches, by the River Thames. . The woman shelters a young child, the result of her affair. The posters behind her advertise two plays – Victims and The Cure for Love – and ‘Pleasure excursions to Paris’. These are ironic comments on her situation. This is a social moralist series of paintings but it is left to the viewer to decide whether the woman is to be pitied or condemned. The Art Journal described them as ‘the lowest of all the profound deeps of human abandonment in this metropolis’
These scenes depicting the moralist story of past and present have been used as a metaphor for the group selected for PAST AND PRESENT 2012.
In a contemporary time when these scenes should be viewed as Dickensian we are left to wonder whether the current economic and political climate has left our society in a moral panic where the underclass can now be found to encompass a wide range of an abandoned demographic from across the class divide. Where difference is deemed on the outside and conformity the only way forward towards a clear successful future.
We have a society that celebrates the under deserved and the untalented and purpose is in the pursuit of power.
PAST AND PRESENT2012 explores the celebration of freedom, where judgement is not judgmental. It explores a new direction away from the everyday bombardment of the mundane. Using the dictionary definition of PAST AND PRESENTand using Egg’s 1858 interpretation artists will be invited to make work that explores our endurance fortitude and resilience for our existence.
Shona Davis and Dave Monaghan Andy Wicks, Mark Bell,Leanne Bell Gonczarow Ian Gonczarow, Jonathan Airborne, Alexander Small, Marianne Walker, Bea Denton, Patrick Stpaul, Jessica Piddock, Owen Bowden, Maslen and Mehra, Greg Rook, AlessandoColumbano, Annabel Tilley, Raimi Gbadamosi, Sara Bevan, Barbara Dean and Sue Cohen.
Sound Art by Thomas Cohen from S.C.U.M
Performance: Barbara Dean
Fabulous Celebration Fantasy Cakes supplied by Kitsch In Sync