HERE WE GO AGAIN – The loss of inhibition vs constraint, the organic and the precise, inadvertence and contrivance, frivolous and measured, the ‘one-away’ and the product, taking risks and playing it safe.
Private View: 27th September, 7-10pm
Opening Daily: 28th Sept – 7th October, 9am-5pm
4 artists with different practices exhibit in a group show that explores control and loss of control; a common duality in the making of work.
‘The dialectics of intoxication are indeed curious’, reflected Walter Benjamin in 1927. ‘Is not perhaps all ecstasy in one world humiliating sobriety in that complementary to it?’. The figure we cut when offering to buy a round for the whole table can appear cruelly inverted when we muster the courage to check our bank statement the next day. Benjamin was not merely talking about the denial and overcompensation that go with living for the weekend however. He was describing an inescapable experience of modern life, in which we are continually awakening to a new that is always already outmoded and, finally, no different to the old that preceded it.
Here We Go Again considers this idea of intoxication in the context of contemporary artistic practice, in which even the most avant-garde strategies take on predictably familiar contours. Whilst holding out no real possibility of escape from the conditions Benjamin describes, when awakening to its own clichés, conceits and contrivances, and when swooning over them once again, artistic practice might still permit an observance of their very inescapability.
Gregory Williams, 2019