The Wanderer’s Nightsong II Curated by and in Collaboration with Ian Dawson
Private View 2nd April 6.30-8.30pm – 3rd April -10th May 2015
Here in the Wanderer’s Nightsong II, the work of five artists will begin to dialogue with bastard versions of themselves, to communicate across this space…
Gavin Turk, Neil Gall, Kate Atkin, Cathy De Monchaux, Chris Hawtin, Ian Dawson
The Wanderer’s Nightsong II explores the relationship between artists and new forms of technological representation. Taking its title from Goethe’s classic eight-line poem scratched into the walls of a mountain lodge, the poem describes a progression from mineral through animal to human, of a natural process becoming language. The poems’ power lies in three simple factual statements followed by an assertion for the future, without the use of simile, metaphor or symbol, the poem is untranslatable. Ian Dawson questions ideas of technical evolution and translation through his own ambiguous ‘curator’ role, extending beyond curator to technician and collaborator, Dawson ‘translates’ the work of each artist via 3D scanning and printing into copies of themselves, asking questions of mediation, re-mediation, authorship and originality.
As we desert the lived environment for the virtual we are to believe 3D printing is part of this reality, printed gun, printed house, printed hip-joints and heart valves. A new future is upon us, one of designing and printing our own cutlery for our Sunday roast, of not having to visit Ikea ever again. Science, medicine and design seems to have many worthy and immediate applications for these technologies but the 3D print technologies have entered visual culture as the personalized kitsch novelty figurine to adorn the top of wedding cakes. And just as the photograph altered our perception of reality to include the blur, we have yet to see what the 3D scan and print will do to the art object. What new forms of blindness or ‘seeing’ will they induce?
The final two lines of Goethe’s poem are-
Just wait, soon
You will rest too
There is a point in the not too distant future when computational power overtakes that of the human brain, a point when the baton for our evolutionary progress is fully transferred. So perhaps these last two lines signal the demise of humankind and perhaps the question that arises here is who or what is the work being made for anymore.
O’er all the hilltops
Is quiet now,
In all the treetops
Hardly a breath;
The birds are asleep in the trees:
Wait, soon like these
Thou too shalt rest.
Gavin Turk (b 1967) has exhibited widely internationally. His artworks are in major international collections. Awards: 2010 Honorary Doctorate in Arts, University of East London, 2007 Charles Wollaston Award, Royal Academy of Arts, 2001 Jack Goldhill Sculpture Prize, Royal Academy of Arts.
Neil Gall (b.1967) recent solo exhibitions include David Nolan, New York, and Aurel Scheibler, Berlin. His work is in the Zabludowicz Art Trust and David Roberts Art Foundation Collection. He has received numerous awards including the Abby Major Award in 1993 from The British School at Rome and the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1999.
Kate Atkin (b.1981) artworks have been features in numerous group shows worldwide. Recent solo show include Trinity Contemporary, London, and ACME Project Space, London.
Cathy De Monchaux (b.1960) nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, she has had major solo exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery and she is represented in major public and private collections worldwide.
Chris Hawtin (b.1974) has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The Future Can Wait, 2014 (new partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations). His work is in private collections across Europe and in the Saatchi collection, London.
Ian Dawson (b.1969) has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin, and his work is held in both public and private collections worldwide. He is the author of Making Contemporary Sculpture, The Crowood Press Ltd.