Rachel Lois Clapham & Emma Cocker
Jonathan Alibone & Alexander Small
Accidentally on Purpose examines the relationship between success and failure through the use of common place materials and repetitive processes. Artefacts of Failure features paintings never completed; exhibition proposals; rejection letters; broken sculptures...
Accidentally on Purpose
Curated by Candice Jacobs and Fay Nicolson, produced in collaboration with QUAD
Featuring: Becky Beasley, Rachel Lois Clapham & Emma Cocker, Karen Cunningham, Michael Dean, Cyprien Gaillard, Ryan Gander, Paul Graham, Jonathan Monk, Rose O’Gallivan, Edit Oderbolz, Dan Rees, Clunie Reid, George Shaw, and Ryszard Wasko.
Accidentally on Purpose is an exhibition that will examine the relationship between success and failure through the use of common place materials and repetitive processes, exploring recurring problems and the strategies for (re)approaching them.
Accidentally on Purpose takes its title from an American Sitcom that is situated in the banality of the everyday. The Sitcom characters strive to make the best of unfortunate situations, repetitively re-negotiating the uncertainty of their lives. The desire for escapism through the mass media and episodic formulas suggests an interesting context and approach to this exhibition. Curators Candice Jacobs and Fay Nicolson have selected works that embrace intentional mistakes whilst challenging aesthetic decisions, sincere gestures or logical actions.
Alongside the main exhibition there will be a programme of public events, films, talks, performances and commissioned artist soundtracks. There will also be a specially commissioned web project that will involve 100 artists, writers and curators.
Artefacts of Failure
Collated from a national open call featuring paintings that were never completed; exhibition proposals that were never realised; rejection letters; broken sculptures; over exposed photographs and any other works that initially weren’t a success! Failure, trial and error is an unavoidable part of any artistic practice. In writing these lines, we’re probably failing to communicate exactly our thoughts to you. Is that a failure? We want to share with you the fascinating stories behind creativity and experimentation, something that we can all relate to!
Jonathan Alibone & Alexander Small, Richard Bradley, Sophie Cullinan, Joseph Davis, Sarah Dixon, Bryan Eccleshall, Nansy Ferrett-Campbell, Mira Graham, Charlie Hurcombe, Susan Martin, Paul Matosic, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Barry Morris, Marc Renshaw, Miriam Robson, Heather Rudd, Frances Ryan, Estelle Rocca-Serra, Martha Webster, Elizabeth Wewiora and Simon Withers.
Image: Edit Oderbolz, UNTITLED, 2008. Wood, aluminium, acrylic paint, fabric, dimensions variable. I Know You Know, Guestroom, Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich
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Curator Tours - Accidentally On Purpose: Friday 27th July to Friday 14th September
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