Exhibition Details

Subversive Correspondenc #1 Broadwalk Arts, Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Bristol, BS4 2QU.
Monday 20th July - Thursday 23rd July 2009

Subversive Correspondence #2
The Gallery at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF.
Wednesday 19th August- Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Private View 18th August 6-9pm

Curator: Diana Ali


Concept

The interpretations encounter political statements or disperse cultural observations; correspondence that is not immediate but perhaps depends on the contingencies of travel. Subversive systems of posting and collecting dialogue create the emergence of new narratives that are shared and reacted upon through hybrid texts, images and temporary ownership. Show cased as a touring exhibition at Broadwalk Arts, Bristol then at The Willesden Gallery, London, the works continue to explore language, visual interchange and systematic dialogues.

Artists

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Robin Clare

Robin Clare, UK
'Stand and Deliver', Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 40cm x 50cm



My subject matter explores discarded items, using language and pattern to create a dialogue with the viewer. Choosing which phrases to use has been a really interesting process, for example some of my favourite phrases that I grew up with in Jamaica would leave most people outside the island completely stumped. So I have tried to use phrases that have filtered down through popular culture. My very first being "We could have been anything that we wanted to be" a line from one of the songs in Bugsy Malone, it seemed to fit perfectly with what my discarded appliances were singing about (in my head). I can still see them side-by-side in a chorus line flashing glimpses of their wiring while sashaying about and swinging their plugs and cords behind them. It has become a bit like an episode of Creature Comforts, as I contemplate my appliances, big and small, I can hear them waxing on about their dreams, hopes and fears.