Out Of Office
LUKE BURTON, TERESA BRAULA REIS, MARK CORFIELD-MOORE, JAMIE FITZPATRICK, THOMAS LANGLEY AND ADRIEN MISSIKA
Curated by Alice Bonnot
12 May – 9 June 2019
PRIVATE VIEW : 11 May 5 – 8 pm
‘Out Of Office’, a group show curated by Alice Bonnot, brings together six international artists; Luke Burton, Mark Corfield-Moore, Adrien Missika, Teresa Braula Reis, Jamie Fitzpatrick and Thomas Langley.
Comprising of painting, sculpture, weaving and moving image, the exhibition explores the notions of leisure and labour within artistic practices.
Out Of Office starts from the simple observation that in our present society, confusion can be made between the notions of employment and work. Although both are closely related, employment is paid work subject of a contract, while work is an activity that contributes to the common good.
Nowadays, everyone might not be employed but the majority might be working. Thus, a person actively engaged in an association works, or a volunteer who gets involved in the life of their community works, even a mother who raises her children at home works; but they won’t receive any financial contribution.
In the art industry this is something very common. Artists can spend days and nights working on a painting or a sculpture. As long as they do not sell one of their pieces they will not receive any remuneration. One could say that it is for this reason that art is often subsidized and that artists can be paid through public or private subsidies. Yet every year, the budgets allocated to culture are constantly being cut.
In parallel, employment is commonly seen as labour. To pay for the necessity of life and to be able to enjoy leisure time. But what happens when this line blurs? Are you working when you are enjoying what you are doing? Can you call it labour to be on holiday? When does your working day start when you are an artist? And when do you consider yourself ‘on annual leave’ or ‘out of office’?
Curated by Alice Bonnot, this exhibition invites artists whose practices illustrate these different points of view, and to explore what are the boundaries between leisure and labour within artistic work.
As the result of travels driven by a personal vocation for the exotic, Adrien Missika, who often describes himself as a ‘professional tourist’, produces work using a wide range of media (photography, video, installation). In this exhibition, Missika presents a sculpture composed of fifty-five sunset postcards that he purchased during a trip in the Hawaii archipelago in the summer of 2011. Hawaii, Turkmenistan, India, Lebanon, to name a few, are some of the countries the artist has travelled to, making the world his place of work.
For Out of Office, Luke Burton presents a site-specific installation that takes the form of a series of painted cut-outs or ‘Totems’ consisting of stacked footballs and sporting or war medals rendered in a mannered, warped and iconographic style. They are instantly recognisable through their reduced, cartoonish characteristics, but also take on anthropomorphic qualities with their humorous, even abject distortions.
Mark Corfield-Moore is a multidisciplinary artist who employs the time-consuming method of weaving to address contrasted notions of leisure and holidays. Bored Courtier and From Our Honeymoon both use symbols of vacation and recreation to denounce the absurdity of mass tourism. The first one evokes large Amalfi Coast’s parasols, while the second references the souvenirs that tourists buy in Thailand regardless of their exact meaning. Mark Corfield-Moore (b. 1988, Thailand), lves and works in London.
Teresa Braula Reis’s sculptures borrow their materials from those of the construction industry. Concrete, steel and rubble are reassembled to create new objects that explore the concept and the matter of the modern ruin. Her interest in the dualistic condition of the act of building, often followed by a decaying or destruction process, led her to produce sculptures that testify to this act of construction. The workers have left, there is no trace of human presence, but the essence of the physical performance is palpable. Teresa Braula Reis (b. 1990, Portugal), lives and works in Lisbon.
Jamie Fitzpatrick’s video The Transformative Stag-Do is a 16min film in which the artist staged his own fictional stag-do. Using storytelling as an historic form of passing information, through humour, derision and historical parallels, Fitzpatrick’s installations are created to form an environment of hyper-reality, pitting archetypal narratives against the messier realities of human drives and desires, allowing him to consider and externalise ways of dealing with life through the logic and illogicality of inner worlds. Jamie Fitzpatrick (b.1985, UK) lives and works in London.
The breadth of Thomas Langley’s working methods is a means to discover and explore new territories for artistic comment. He is interested in the idea of manual thought – how thinking gets into an object. In parallel, he likes the idea that this manual thought could blur the boundaries between an artwork and the artistic life that gives rise to it. The material expression of consciousness also turns into a question about the physical/spatial boundaries the artwork occupies, and the status it maintains in the wider world. Thomas Langley (b. 1986, UK), lives and works in London.
Alice Bonnot (b. 1992, France), lives and works in London. She is an independent curator and art consultant, founding director of Picnic, a contemporary art space in Peckham, London, and founding director of the Zone d’Utopie Temporaire (Z.U.T.) residency programme, a nomadic annual residency addressing the notion of Utopia as a vehicle for artistic and critical comment.
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