Image caption: Ilana Halperin, The Subway Garnet, 2013, graphite on paper, 32 x 22 cm
Curated by Oliver Sumner
Private View: Thursday 13 April, 18:00 – 21:00
Pi Artworks London is pleased to announce The World Made New curated
by Oliver Sumner. The World Made New is the fourth of five exhibitions
that make up Pi Artworks London’s Curatorial Season that runs from
October 2016 – July 2017. For the season Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Alexandra
Schwartz, Sacha Craddock, Oliver Sumner, and Morgan Quaintance have been
invited to devise and develop their own curatorial project working with
artists predominantly or entirely from outside the gallery’s roster.
World Made New draws resonances in the work of five international
artists (based in London, Glasgow, Cornwall, and Istanbul), through
personal myths of history and landscape.
Often departing from
superficial reality, the diverse narrative practices of Sovay Berriman,
Ilana Halperin, Iz Öztat, Lindsay Seers, and Michelle Williams Gamaker
find another kind of truth in relation to land and time.
Self-referential approaches blend autobiographical details with personal
mythologies of birth, transfiguration, and constructed identity.
Islands, markers, and symbols are recurring motifs, recalling land
artist Robert Smithson’s visionary take on the post-industrial
environment of 1960s New Jersey. Ritual and performativity emerge as
points of connection. The viewer is taken on a journey through the
natural environment and human society; fraught with disorienting
coincidences, displacement, rupture, and imaginative leaps.
title of the exhibition alludes in part to a reconception of the world
as seen with each artist’s particular vision. But it may equally suggest
the framing of consciousness itself, being as much about an imagined
inner world transposed upon the world as they find it today.