Cartel Gallery features works by Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Freee, Artlab, Clegg and Guttman, Plastique Fantastique, Hut Project, AAS, Carrot Workers Collective, Beagles and Ramsay, Chto Delat? and SALT. Curated by Dave Beech. Performances for this project will take place on the last Friday of August tba. Around July's Friday exhibition opening, The Old Police Station will host opticalradio.net's summer party with a line up of acoustic bands and Dj sets.
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Freee, Artlab, Clegg and Guttman, Plastique Fantastique, Hut Project, AAS, Carrot Workers Collective, Beagles and Ramsay, Chto Delat? and SALT.
PV 29th September 6-9pm
Show continues until 10th September, open Wed-Sat 12-4pm
Raymond Williams reminds us that recuperation is never final. Recuperation is a complex, conflictual process. It is never one-way, automatic, inevitable, 100% complete and irreversible. Williams is one of the few on the Left who has attended seriously to questions around the persistence of hope and critique in the most objectionable of circumstances. But resistance calls for perseverance and resourcefulness if the struggle is not going to be lost. The Left has been better at theorizing the impossibility of social and cultural transformation, and they have excelled in theorizing the ease with which the existing structures absorb all opposition, not least in questions related to artistic struggle, radical artistic practice and the politics of art. We have been told time and time again that the avant-garde is dead. The avant-garde is no longer on the outskirts of cultural power - it is taught in the universities, hangs in the museums, fills bookshelves. Some wish for the avant-garde to stop spoiling art's sacred spaces. But the cultural, ideological and aesthetic struggle is incomplete and has not been stopped. It is the persistence of the avant-garde's struggle after recuperation that we would call the 'long avant-garde'. DB.
Cartel is a curatorial consortium created by Anthony Gross and Bea de Souza - future exhibitions in 2011 will be curated by Eliza Tan (Sep) and Per Hüttner & Anne Klontz (Nov).
Friday 29th July 2011
OpticalRadio.net Summer Party 5pm - 1am
The Electric puffs
Blackspotben and Miss Chazmatazz
Artists Kevin Broughton & Fiona Birnie explore the tension between imagination & reality, fact & fiction - combining found fragmented images and materials to create work ranging from photographs, collages, installations & sculpture. Continues to July 31st, 12-6pm, www.broughtonbirnie.co.uk
Do-it-yourself art centre
The Old Police Station
114 Amersham Vale - London
Opening: Friday 29th July 2011
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-4pm