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The Obsessive Compulsive Practice

Much art is born out of the need to make, a distracting busyness, a positive manifestation of anxiety.

Obsessive collecting and hoarding, the painstaking, repetitive use of materials or processes, many artists have some sort of obsessive behaviour, whether this is the process of making work, the research of objects and ideas or an over-immersion of processes.

‘The Obsessive Compulsive Practice’ brings together the work of a range of artists at various stages of their careers and incorporates film, sculpture, installation, drawing and painting in its quest to understand the significance of this methodology, whether it is finding order in chaos, beauty in the banal or the pinning down of meaning in a seemingly random world.

Curated by Anya Beaumont & Clare Winnan

Venue: FaB 2, 94 Walcot Street, BA1 5BG
Open 10am to 6pm - Sat 27 May to Sat 10 June
and 10am to 3pm Sun 11 June

Saturday
Mar112017

Viktor Wynd: The Museum of Curiosities

The Last Tuesday Society presents the first all encompassing museum to open in London since the Horniman in 1901. The Museum will present an incoherent vision of the world displayed through wonder enclosed within a tiny space, no attempt is made at classification and comprehensiveness, instead the museum focuses on the pre-enlightenment origins of the museum as Wunderkabinett – a mirror to a world so suffused with miracles and beauty that any attempt at categorization is bound to fail. Where contemporary museumology hides 90% of a collection, attempts to educate and explain, to put the world into neat little labeled drawers dictated by an obscurantist elite establishment that has shown itself in error many time over the centuries & is obsessed with a pedantic overspecialization of so called "knowledge" that means little or nothing to anyone outside it's narrow little field & oft discredited metanarratives this museum will merely display everything that has glittered & caught the eye of it's founder – from rare priceless marvels of the natural and scientific worlds like Dodo Bones or speculum to the intriguing beauty of McDonald's Happy Meal Toys, from old master etchings to prison inmates & mad women's doodles, occultists paintings and pop art prints, the horrors and wonders of nature, two headed kittens and living coral. By placing the rare and the beautiful on the same plane as the commonplace, banal & amusing this museum seeks not to educate but to subvert, to show the world not in a grain of sand, but in a Hackney basement. The Museum has no overreaching aim beyond the theft of it's visitors time and the hope that it will provide amusement by return & hopes to fill the vacuum between what the establishment elite believes is worthy of worship & what exists in the world.

http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/museum-curiosities/#.WMRbQdKLTZ4

 

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Saturday
Mar112017

Artist: Sam Vale

Sam Vale is a multimedia artist who uses photography and oral history to tell intimate narratives. Currently a Senior Lecturer in photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, Vale received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the London College of Communication for his research project “Collecting Rooms: Objects, identities and domestic spaces.” Working alongside participants, his practice based enquiry reveals the motivations, frustrations and satisfactions manifested in the creation of a private space.

Focused on the nuances that make people individuals. He creates artworks that combine histories gained in relation to objects, memory, experience and nostalgia, revealing insight into the individual circumstances and personal situations. Working in close collaboration Vale collects the personal accounts of his subjects and re-presents them, producing artworks that aim to reveal their distinctive stories.

http://www.samvale.com/mastering-time

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Saturday
Mar112017

Yayoi Kusama

An article about the fantastic (and obsessive) Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama whose installations exhibit her interest in repetition, colour and pattern. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/an-exhibition-of-the-beloved-kusama-with-everything-but-kusama-herself/2017/02/16/6ff50614-f476-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.abb829bc7574

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Saturday
Mar112017

Pinterest board

To get you thinking of some Obsessives Compulsive ideas, here's a Pinterest board (which I'll keep updating so keep revisiting) to get you thinking.... 

http://pin.it/zRsr1mn 

Saturday
Mar112017

Thank you for all submissions so far!

We've had lots of submissions to 'The Obsessive Compulsive Practice' so far and getting quite excited to select and curate the show! An array of work has been entered so far including film work, large sculptures, paintings, textile pieces, installations......... 

With just over two weeks to go until the submission deadline, get your submissions in!