The Stanley Picker Gallery is pleased to be hosting Retrospective archeology of a future disaster which crack(s)ed the present. A new exhibition developed in collaboration by 12 Kingston University BA Fine Art students under the mentorship of Stanley Picker Print Fellow Matthew Benington.
The exhibition is the outcome of a project initiated by Benington, whose primary concern for the group was to question how the “context in which art objects and experiences are presented may exercise palpable shifts in the way they are perceived.”
For Benington, archived or directed “experiences”, for example dictated via the presence of wall text, are destructive. Subverting the viewers approach to their practice, students have been asked to develop and present physical environments reminiscent of online virtual museums and within these, incorporate a piece of appropriated material with which their practice shares a dialogue. Post a speculative disaster (implicit in many cultural artifacts such as videogames and films), cultural appraisement of surviving information would be a broad and arbitrary sweep of contemporary culture, low and high.
Join us for a special event on Wednesday 22 May, 6-7pm to meet the artists and find out more.