Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps

Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, 15 February – 31 March 2019

Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps
Commentary

"Dürst Britt & Mayhew is proud to present British artist Alex Farrar’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Continuing Farrar’s engagement with the exhibition as a dramatic form, four distinct series of works– semblable wood, night sweat paintings, ’umble prints and Rubin’s cornice– coalesce in a scene that combines residues of the lived body with paranoiac visions and pataphysical logic.

Made using a variation of the lost wax technique, with found tree stumps surrounded by plaster before they are incinerated, their voids replaced with bronze which is then broken out of the mold; semblable wood is a disturbing assembly of young trees felled upon reaching maturity. Occupying the floorspace of the gallery these modest monuments with trunks the span of your wrist and roots that reach out pointlessly, situate the exhibition in the midst of an unseen act of destruction.

Suggesting metopes in a classical frieze, the night sweat paintings form a procession of headless writhing bodies captured on downy bed linens. Following the series of sweat paintings made in 2017–2018, Farrar has found in the more intimate subject of night sweat the body in repose, stressed not by any external presence but an imagined one. For these new works the artist applies a silicone based paint on various textiles commonly used as bed linen. With a nod towards the Anthropometry paintings of Yves Klein, they share with Farrar’s previous sweat works a disconcerting materiality that is poised between the abject and the divine.

Taken together these examples reflect the shifting perspective that runs throughout the exhibition’s exploration of lived experience. Across the grouping our perception is mirrored in an exchange between the interior (psychic) life of a body and its exterior (somatic) experience. This is a continuum, a splitting of the flesh that is literally illustrated in Rubin’s cornice with its evocation of the faces–vase demonstration of figure–ground perception. Here the (speaking) profile of a face is extruded to ring the perimeter of the presentation with the suggestion that the negative ‘ground’ of the booth space is as material as they are.

Much of the contents of the new works can be found in an embryonic state in the ’umble prints, where a scattershot collection of heads, contorted faces, fingernails, crab shells, snakeskins amass on a backdrop of open textbooks. Printed in bright, bold colours with a risograph duplicator, their individual titles, ‘Jumble’, ‘Fumble’, ‘Stumble’ etc. belie the fragility of their making and the thread of vulnerability, weakness and precarity that runs throughout the presentation."

writings

by Josh Plough by Steven ten Thije

thanks

Mondriaan Fonds, Sander Alblas, Jaring Dürst Britt, gerlach en koop, Freek Lomme, Alexander Mayhew, Josh Plough, Steven ten Thije, Guus van der Velden

photo credits: Sonia Mangiapane, Jack Cawood

Alex Farrar
Born 1986, Leeds
Lives and works in Amsterdam and London

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☞ 9.7.20 – 19.7.20 [exhibition/commission] Walk&Talk, São Miguel, Azores
☞ 22.11.19 – 24.11.19 [art book fair] Printing Plant, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam
☞ 20.11.19 [book launch] ‘Wimper’, Page Not Found, The Hague
☞ 5.11.19 [visiting lecturer] Moscow Foundation (BHSAD), Moscow
☟ 28.9.19 [press] interview with Allan Gardner, published on The Quietus
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☜ 27.9.19 – 26.10.19 [solo exhibition] ‘Faltering, light under two screw holes, with 999 Red, shadows, screws and drilled holes, flushed, then glimmer over pieces of masking tape, with screws, drilled holes and Cherry Bomb’, SE8 Gallery, London
✳︎ Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands
⤷ private view on 27.9.19
⤷ finissage/book launch on 26.10.19
☜ 13.9.19 – 12.10.19 [solo exhibition] ‘Fall, slump, drop on a bedside cabinet in water with behavioural residue (painted violet) and collapse, slide, bottom-out beside low on a bookshelf, with sag on a folding table and slip on a bedside —both- in water, before behavioural residue (painted chartreuse), downswing under a broken curtain rail, and dip, crash, flat on a chest of drawers partially in water’, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
⤷ private view 13.9.19
⤷ in conversation on 2.10.19
⤷ [press] Our Favourite Places, this is tomorrow, Corridor8
☜ 5.7.19 - 21.7.19 [residency] Walk&Talk, São Miguel, Azores
☜ 1.5.17 – 1.5.19 [award/grant] For two years my work is generously supported by a grant for established artists from the Mondriaan Fund
☜ 15.2.19 – 31.3.19 [solo exhibition] ‘Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble/ Reverie, angst, bumble and grumble/ Lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps’, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague
☜ 5.3.19 – 31.3.19 [group exhibition] Double Negative, @ChaShaMa, NYC, New York, curated by Darling Green
☜︎ 7.2.19 – 10.2.19 [solo presentation] Art Rotterdam w/Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Rotterdam
☜︎ 11.9.18 – 14.3.19 [guest artist-teacher] Fine Art Department, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
☜︎ 25.8.18 – 28.10.18 [residency/duo exhibition] Being as Becoming, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, with Philippine Hoegen, curated by Freek Lomme
☜︎ 10.5.18 – 23.6.18 [group exhibition] ‘British Summer Time’, Copperfield, London with Larry Achiampong, Ewa Axelrad, Joe Fletcher Orr, Rowena Harris, Jasleen Kaur, littlewhitehead
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