This group exhibition is the continuation of a group project, initiated earlier this year at Auto Italia South East. Rebecca Kressley's sound work 'The Last Thing', which lists objects useful to the occupants of a fallout shelter, provides the subtitle. This incarnation will include a gallery exhibition, a series of texts, presentations and a website hosted by Dreck.
The oldest roller coasters were descended from the so-called "Russian Mountains," which were specially constructed hills of ice located especially around Saint Petersburg, Russia. "Russian mountains" remains the term for roller coasters in many languages. Ironically, the Russian term for roller coaster, (amerikanskie gorki), translates literally as "American Mountains".
The term 'American Mountains' here is evocative of a thing unreachable - distant in both time and space. Whereas the first exhibition pivoted on fakes, replicas and provisional objects, this version shifts towards melancholic fetishes - weathered by crisis and beached in their new-found environs. Apocalyptic narratives are to be brought unnervingly close to real crises from history, in current world politics and art practice itself.
Exhibiting at The Nunnery are: Dave Charlesworth, Anna Bunting-Branch, Matthew Robinson, Jamie George, Richard Whitby, Rebecca Kressley and Siôn Parkinson.
A booklet of texts and a website will include work by the exhibiting artists and others.
'The air inside will not be pleasant.
Try and focus on one point in the room and hold your gaze.
Choose a far corner, or a mark on the floor, or a button on a shirt, or a crease in your palm, or the shoe of someone close to you.
You will not be alone.'
- from The Last Thing by Rebecca Kressley
Exhibition opening: 6.30 - 9.30pm, Thursday 2nd December
Presentations and screenings: 2pm, Saturday 18th December 2010 (more information to follow shortly).
Free entry to exhibition and all events.
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ