Michael Gibson Gallery: Not Bad For London
Marc Bell, James Kirkpatrick, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jamie Q, Peter Thompson, Billy Bert Young
November 4 - 26, 2011
Preview Exhibition at www.gibsongallery.com
The title Not Bad For London is based on a Jason McLean drawing where a lone tree sits next to a forked river called The Thames. The tree has big googley eyes and a flowing head of hair. But, most importantly, the tree, has roots.
Living and working as an artist in London can sometimes have its challenges. We are situated between the dynamics of Toronto and Detroit, in a city where Greg Curnoe, Paterson Ewen and Jack Chambers became national icons. Perhaps, then, it is this history, and the fact that the city has such potential, that so many artists have chosen to work and stay.
Not Bad For London celebrates a group of young artists who acknowledge this past, but have forged ahead, creating their own identity and relevance. These seven artists are multi-dimensional; they draw, paint, sculpt, make films, installations, zines & sound art. Working alone or together in collaboration, their art creates an imaginary world based on the places they visit, the colours they see and the noises they hear. With this exhibition, you are invited to discover how each artist uses their own and their shared experiences to reflect the world in which we live.
Not Bad For London was curated by Jennie Kraehling.
Image Credit Above: Not Bad For London Installation View at Michael Gibson Gallery November 2011
Image Credit Below: drawings by the seven artists included in the Not Bad For London Exhibition
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