Praise of Laziness
A group show of self-portraits and photographic works by Mladen Stilinović, Stewart Home, Paul Kindersley, James E Smith.
The exhibition also concludes Trade's gallery programme (Feb 2010 - Dec 2014) at Thoresby Street.
1st November - 13th December
Thursday - Saturday 12-6pm
Mladen Stilinović has worked with linguistic and visual signs since the 1960s and his artwork involves photography, collage, art books and experimental films. "I look at the way that everyday language becomes political and how political language becomes everyday".* An extended bio is available here: http://mladenstilinovic.com/bio/ Solo exhibitions include Nothing Gained with Dice Nothing, E- Flux, New York, Zero for Conduct, Museum of Contemporary Art - Zagreb, GB Agency, Ludwig Museum, - Budapest, VOX - Montreal, E-flux - New York. Group exhibitions include Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Ostalgia, New Museum of Contemporary Art - New York, Promises of the Past, Centre Pompidou - Paris, Istanbul Biennale, Documenta 12 - Kassel, Sydney Biennale, 50 Biennale di Venezia. *Quote from http://youtu.be/KVQU__kkqzU
Stewart Home works across various aesthetic mediums and uses social media as well as galleries as a showcase for his process based work; much of which is an acting-out of the persona of Stewart Home. This work consists of film, blogs, graphics, status updates and much else. Simultaneously Home has authored 15 published novels, 1 collection of short stories, and 6 books of cultural commentary. His latest novel, The 9 Lives of Ray The Cat Jones, is published by Test Centre (London)
Paul Kindersley is an artist, makeup enthusiast, pervert, video broadcaster, prolific image maker and long time collaborator of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. Paul’s youtube channel, www.youtube.com/thebritisharecumming has had over 370,000 views. Recent performances and exhibitions include; The Centre For Recent Drawing, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings - Berlin, Transition Gallery, Simon Oldfield Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, Kunstchlager - Reykjavik and the ICA - London.
James E Smith's work is often a product of finding loopholes and quirks in photographic processes, presentation methods and exhibition documentation. He was a DHC Leonardo Fellow at Nottingham University and has exhibited in group print projects at Publish and be Damned, Spike Island, New Art Gallery Walsall, Punctuation Programme at Limoncello, CCA Glasgow and The Modern Institute - Glasgow. He has also exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at Triple OG, OPEM3 and Walden Affairs, Den Haag.
(Image: Stewart Home in south Devon summer 1984. Photograph by Diane Gaynor)