With Shane Bradford, Oliver Clegg, Cedric Lefebvre, Ian Monroe, Ben Newton, Ayman Ramadan and Gavin Turk.
The exhibition aims to discuss and open the debate on the possible effects of the current economical downturn on the art world, and whether we have witnessed the demise of a hyper-expansive cultural epoch or, are about to experience a period of renewed creative transformation.
Presenting seven artists (working in various media), the show focuses on the various meanings of its title in relation to our contemporary environment and how these can be interpreted through artistic endeavour. On the one hand the ‘line’ can be seen as a demarcation between separate entities, a division between one and the other, between a starting point and an ending. On the other the ‘line’ could be construed as the line of production (the ceaseless mechanical cogs that drive our hyper-capitalist consumption) or the artists line of enquiry – the conceptual flesh and bones with which the artist as cipher conveys his/her contemporary viewpoint of the world, drawing on the knowledge and gains of his/her historical forbearers to position oneself within the grand narrative of art historical lineage.
The multiple art historical references in the selected artist’s works transcript the curator’s view as an optimistic outtake on the present situation “the history of art has been punctuated by rebirths and revivals and today’s end can only symbolizes a new chapter about to be written”.
Crimes Town Gallery, 110 Church Street N16 OJX, London (UK)