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5806994Feliks Culpa: The Ongoing Moment
DateThursday 7th March 2019 to Saturday 6th April 2019
Description'The Ongoing Moment' brings together works by Feliks Culpa that explore the relationship between the ephemeral moment and the passing of time. Resolutely monochrome, his lo-fi creations cast a clear cold light on the fleeting nature of political relativity and contingency. The drawings are documents, reportage, footnotes to the present, reminders of a soon to be forgotten past. Investigating the possibility of living among too much information, Press Pause is a reductive survey of mass media practices, pressing pause on the press barons and remotely taking back control of the flow of 'news' imagery. Starting in January 2014, Press Pause is comprised of serial drawings appropriated from five years of events occurring on the 24th day of each month; distilling the essence of each month's headlines to a singularity - from the many, to the few. Orchids and Rocks is a 20-metre rice paper scroll cataloguing and memorialising the exodus and displacement of migrants across two years of anti-refugee media frenzy that fanned the flames of populist xenophobia. Drawn from east to west, the scroll is an attempt at a graphic visual narrative from a traditionally non-western perspective. Quintet for the End of Time references French composer Olivier Messiaen's 1941 masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time, both of which focus attention on the essence of experience. A lived celluloid second in the life of rock musician Jimi Hendrix, captured in twenty-four frames, queries at what point memory and memorial become mere memorabilia and whether death has a sell by date. Enquiring if foresight can be anything other than surplus data in the age of surveillance capitalism, Big Breakfast marries icons from William S Burroughs' The Naked Lunch and Andy Warhol's Last Supper in a series of drawings by Culpa depicting Warhol and Burroughs' encounter at the Hotel Chelsea in New York. Breaking bread and pouring wine, Burroughs 'cut[s] into the present [and] the future leaks out'. Making works that are rituals in transfigured time, Culpa looks to the past, present and future and rejoices in the transubstantiation of the everyday into the vast canvas of history.
Time(s)From Mar 7, Wed-Sat 12noon-5pm, ends Apr 6
Telephone No.0191 261 8281
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