In January new curatorial duo founded by recent graduates Daniel Matthews and Fiona Young - under the synonym DAMFCY - debuts with group show at The Old Police Station with their first ever exhibition and zine publication in New Cross, South London
Friday 19th – 5-10pm.
Saturday 20th – 11am-6pm.
Sunday 21st – 11am-2pm.
A fly-on-the-wall perspective of an anti-Trump protest and an exposition of 21st century disposable society are among works featured in Ohwell? – a group exhibition in an abandoned police station bringing together five young artists whose work offers a powerful critique of the world around them.
As 2018 begins, the show looks back upon the problems of the world and society through young eyes, and offers hope that the rising generation will bring a fresh awareness and determination to find just responses.
Part of a growing DIY curatorial scene, this exhibition will engage audiences through work that, despite its variety of subject matter and media, shares an objective of drawing attention to socio-political issues and demonstrates how visual art can be used as an emotive politicising tool.
DAMFCY have hand-picked five artists from around the UK and overseas, bringing them together to present audiences with their personal and impassioned responses to current issues that affect everyone:
Maximillian Hartley presents two short films: Genii Loci 001 examines the shapes and textures of a whale carcass to explore species endangerment and the impact of climate change and pollution; while Genii Loci 002 follows an anti-Trump march to explore protest from individual and collective perspectives.
Nathan Caldecott uses installation to explore contemporary disposable culture, and changing notions of value and function. Other work presents distorted digital GIF images as pieces of minimalist sculpture in their own right.
Nafsika Petrogka presents digital print images that create dark, nostalgic, memory-infused atmospheres that capture personal or collective memories and story-telling.
Viviana Troya uses security cameras in Who’s Not Waiting For Death, capturing glimpses of various waiting rooms including a Bogota geriatric centre to explore the notion of waiting and the treatment of elderly people.
Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark creates hyper-real sculpture to explore the materiality of the ‘copy’, and fuel a discussion of the irregular position of black artists in a predominantly white art world.
OhWell? aims to challenge the contemporary art world, inspire wider and more cohesive discussions, and work towards the elimination of the powerful and restrictive hierarchy pervasive throughout the industry. As a space that itself challenges perceptions of authority, The Old Police Station in New Cross is an inspired venue for their first show, and the launch of their brand and first magazine.
Quarterly zine launch:
New zine exploring young artists relationship with the world around them and how they explore it in their work.
Issue 01 acts as a companion to the exhibition.
Zine costs £2, sold on the door or online afterward.
The zine will mediate the exhibition, guiding audiences around the space and offering information about the works and artists. It also features thought provoking essays by Steven Hajiyianni and James Rybacki who closely examine ideas which the works provoke.
"The theme of this exhibition is to provoke discussion across a broad spectrum of topics, highlighting how art can be used to interact with current affairs/socio-political environment, underlining the scope of current anxieties, operating as a counterpoint to the more aesthetically focused side of art, particularly dealing with contemporary movements dealing with conceptual abstraction. It [OhWell] is meant to overwhelm [the viewer] rather than be activism for one specific topic, reiterating the importance of content and art’s capabilities as a politicising tool, demonstrating the general angst that the pieces within the represent whilst exploring the ways in which the pieces question this"