The exhibition considers the aesthetics and mood of noir through key themes of the genre, and features contributions by international contemporary artists working across a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, print and film.
Artists presented in the exhibition include: Thom Andersen (USA) Chris Burden (USA) Mike Cooter (UK) John Divola (USA) Douglas Gordon (DE / UK) Johan Grimonprez (BE) David Noonan (UK / AU) Hadrian Pigott (UK) Laure Prouvost (UK / FR) Fergal Stapleton (IR/UK), Sturtevant (USA), Nicole Wermers (UK / DE) Cerith Wyn Evans (UK).
During the coldest and darkest months of the year, you are invited into a world of smoke and mirrors, psychological states, Hollywood glamour, ambiguity and vice.
'A Darkness More Than Night' explores contemporary art through 'noir', a genre most readily associated with stylish Hollywood crime dramas of the 1940s and 50s, yet whose precursors date back through nineteenth century literature to Greek tragedy. Taking a forensic approach, the exhibition considers the aesthetics and mood of noir through key themes of the genre, and features contributions by international contemporary artists working across a variety of media - including sculpture, installation, print and film.
Many of the themes that are central to noir are universal: a troubled mind, a fruitless or baffling pursuit of an impossible goal, vice, deceit and the isolating effect of the city. Owing to these enduring impulses, and the stylish and modern aesthetic that are associated with noir, the genre has remained influential for successive generations of practitioners across the arts. But whereas the links between the genre and recent cinema, graphic novels, literature and television are readily apparent through 'neo-noir', 'A Darkness More Than Night' is the first exhibition to consider the relationship between contemporary art and noir.
The exhibition is accompanied by Miscellany of Noir, a free booklet that expands on the ideas explored in the show through a selection of historical and recent texts, images and ephemera.
Gallery exhibition curated by Ariella Yedgar and Rosie Cooper, in collaboration with QUAD.
Image: Mike Cooter, Scarlet Street, 2006/2011. Courtesy the Kirk Collection© the artist
Preview: Thursday 10th November 2011 6.30-9pm
Market Place - Derby
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