ART | ALEJANDRO OSPINA (Colombia) @ IMTgallery : 20th July – 26th August 2012

Edwina Ashton | Alex Baker & Kit Poulson | William S. Burroughs
Brion Gysin | Emma Hart | Alejandro Ospina | Plastique Fantastique

Curated by Mark Jackson

Alejandro Ospina uses painting as a way of juxtaposing languages of representation and exploring changing relationships towards image making.

His work frequently employs imposed processes of selection and production, reinterpreting forms of image making and visual culture via painting as a mediator for debate on issues such as voyeurism, private and public, processes and methodologies of image making, identities of authorship and the changeability of embedded narratives.

Taking images from the media, particularly web-based and user-generated media, Ospina’s work mimics both aspects of their origin through comparable styles, formats and methods of painting, producing works that reassess both genres. His work explores the concept of a dialogue between the history of portraiture and our contemporary obsession with virtual identity.

 

Alejandro Ospina was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1970. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, the New York Studio School and Duke University. He has exhibited widely in the UK and the Americas including The Creekside Open selected by Victoria Miro, Paradise Row, London, Witzenhausen Gallery, New York, Nuevos Nombres (Luis Angel Arango), Centro Cultural Salamanca and Christopher Paschall XX21 Gallery, Bogota.

Swarms of Black Flies Make the Roses Purple

20th July – 26th August 2012
Private View: Thursday 19th July 6pm – 9pm
Late Opening: Thursday 2nd August until 9pm.

Swarms of Black Flies Make the Roses Purple presents instances of collaboration with technologies of production, particularly in terms of how contemporary artists manipulate technologies into an artistic purpose. With precedents provided through the work of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, the exhibition presents new works that investigate artistic communion and transmutation.

Included is work by Gysin from the most crucial period of his career. Gysin explored language as a material, creating calligraphic paintings and inventing the cut-up technique from which, via his groundbreaking Poem of Poems, this exhibition gets its name.

Alongside Gysin’s work are new works by Ashton, Baker & Poulson, Plastique Fantastique Hart and Ospina, and previously unseen works by William S. Burroughs.

Integral to work of Plastique Fantatique and Baker & Poulson are premises of collaboration, whether as a group, in the former case, or as a dialogue between two artists in the latter. Baker & Poulson’s collaborations concern the fragility of communication and language, whilst Plastique Fantastique perform ritual and inscriptions as acts of becoming.

Hart uses cameras and video as important presences in artworks themselves, both shooting and viewing becomes an interaction inextricable from the technologies of filming and the context of presentation. Likewise Burroughs viewed a different kind of shooting as a creative act, the holes made by gun targets becoming means to generate new fabricated landscapes and narratives. Ashton makes anthropomorphic performances in costumes that sometimes seem to hamper their own operation. At once melancholic and tender, her videos produce existential narratives of creatures bound by their own given form.

Ospina’s uses the detached virtual tactility of computer image-making software to deal with how people choose to record and represent themselves in the 21st Century. Here, in a major new work, he presents a painting collaboration with a teenage girl from his native Colombia who, until now, has never accessed the Internet. Ospina confronts their shared landscape of their childhood with widely dissimilar experience of the proliferation of image in the digital age.

IMT Gallery : Unit 2/210 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ UK

 

Plastique Fantastique ‘Patheme Mur-Mur-Dead Thing’, 2012
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