ANNEXE: Terry Dennett & Jimmy Merris - ECONOMICS 101
LIBRARY: THE ANTI-LIBRARY
BLACKBOARD: Peter Kennard
GALLERY: Aaron Angell: The Devil's Arse ///
Bad studio pottery, rural and craft culture, obscure folk music, art-house porn – just some of the many marginal reference points informing The Devil’s Arse, an exhibition of ceramics and wall paintings by Aaron Angell.
Aaron Angell was born in Kent in 1987 and lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade (BA) in 2011. He made his solo exhibition debut earlier this year with The Year of the Left Hand / Fokal Point, Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2011). Group shows include,Young British Art, Limoncello, London (2011) and ‘Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot, Focal Point Gallery / Hayward Touring (2011).
ANNEXE: Terry Dennett and Jimmy Merris: ECONOMICS 101 ///
A collaboration between photographer, social historian and archivist, Terry Dennett (b. 1938) and video artist Jimmy Merris (b. 1983). Dennett’s Crisis Project (1973 – 1992) is presented alongside Merris’ FOR SALE video installation.
The Crisis Project deploys what Dennett describes as the ‘historical imagination’ technique. In photographing scenes of social and economic crisis – improvised bivouac shelters, cardboard cities, closing down sale signage, industrial destruction and civic degradation – across London, Dennett, in his own words, ‘proceeds as if given a historical commission from a future government to produce visual material for a criminal trial against those who have presided over the despoliation and destruction of our society’.
Displayed on the walls of the ANNEXE gallery at SPACE, The Crisis Project is accompanied by a new single channel nine monitor installation by Jimmy Merris. Representing a radically different approach to economic downturn and the social conditions that prevail under its sign, Merris work for the exhibition – titled, simply, FOR SALE – progresses asymmetrically via a series of loose and absurd solicitations. “Jamilas Shoes For Sale” – proposes one video? We do not know who Jamila is, nor are we sure how to respond as the next offer flashes on screen, “Pickled Jar For Sale”…
… a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The possibility of an anti-library – a library of the books you haven’t read – as well as ideas of anti-knowledge and un-learning, informs a new project in SPACE’s LIBRARY gallery. For six weeks in November and December, the Anti-Library will house unread books gathered from over 150 invited contributors. Participants in the project include:
Oliver Laric, Cally Spooner, Arnaud Desjardin, Ed Atkins, Åbäke, Jamie Shovlin, Am Nuden Da, Pieternel Vermoortel, Mike Sperlinger, Kathy Noble, Maria Fusco, Kate Owens, Gavin Everall, Ian Law, Francesco Pedraglio, Athanasios Argianas (amongst many others).
The Anti-Library will be displayed within an environment developed by Fay Nicolson and Oliver Smith, in which all the books and short texts submitted by participating artists will be available to handle and read.
For over forty-years Peter Kennard’s photo-based work has represented a singular commitment to the political effect of images.
Extending his @EARTH project, already a major solo exhibition at Raven Row, London and a book published by Tate (both 2011), Kennard’s work for SPACE’s Blackboard will explore the relationship between environmental degradation and the exploitative nature of our global political system.
Peter Kennard was born in London in 1949. He is a senior tutor in Photography at the Royal College of Art, and has a studio with SPACE at Martello Street.