Faltering, light under two screw holes...

curated by Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley, SE8 Gallery, London, 27 September – 26 October 2019

Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Faltering, light under two screw holes...
Commentary

‘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’ is the result of summer-long residency at SE8 during which the artist produced a group of sweat paintings, ‘umble prints and Behavioural Residues. The gestures of the exhibition process remains present inscribing the space: measuring, marking, drilling, hammering, hanging, taking down, repositioning, erasing. They form a partial narrative of the artist’s engagement with the site of the gallery and the dialogue with the curator.

Made by lead casting enlarged drawings of pared fingernails, Behavioural Residues are a series of lead sculptures that form a visual oxymoron. Their weight and scale counters the doubt and uncertainty associated with the action of biting nails while their toxic surface is covered in a bright finish commonly used in nail polish.

The sweat paintings, begun in 2017, are made with a silicone-based mixture dripped, poured and brushed into organic forms that improvise on the ways in which sweat appears on clothing. By stabilising this momentary spillage Farrar captures an expression of discomfort that reveals a tension between our public and private lives, as a form of alienation that produces an abject response.

A special finissage event will close Farrar’s exhibition with the launch of a new publication entitled ‘Wimper’ on the artist by Mulberry Tree Press with texts by novelist and artist David Price, and by the curators Nicola Oxley and Nicolas de Oliveira.

The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands.

writings

by Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley
by David Price

thanks

Jaring Dürst Britt, Duplikat Print (Estelle Morris and Rich South), Alexander Mayhew, Nicolas de Oliveira, Nicola Oxley, David Price, Jack Scott

photo credits: 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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