11 JANUARY - 09 MARCH 2014
Les Miserables: Post-Conceptual Art features artwork by Troy Brauntuch, Michael Corris, Certh Wynn Evans, Sylvie Fleury, Liam Gillick, Peter Halley, Sherrie Levine, Michael Craig-Martin, Sarah Morris, John Pomara and Ugo Rondinone.
Since the late 1970s, new waves of critical and theoretical thinking have permeated the visual art world resulting in work that demonstrates a profound understanding of the shift in current meaning and intellectual categories. Rather than focusing on the singleness of the art object, artists are increasingly interested in art’s multiple contexts and meanings and its relationship to social and cultural influences. In defiance of the formalist tendencies of Modernism, these artists infuse ideas and images from past movements and traditions into their work and allow the viewer to renegotiate the meaning of these concepts in new contexts. The work, sometimes playful or ironic, rejects notions of structure and hierarchy.
Les Misérables: Post-Conceptual Art features works on loan from local private collections that explore this critical platform of re-contextualization. Like the 19th-century Victor Hugo novel that has been remade into six different films since 1935, Post-Conceptual art repurposes already existing ideas, concepts and images. By borrowing and manipulating familiar material, artists explore issues such as the non-transparency of language and the cultural consumption of imagery. Most, if not all, of the artists in this exhibition also demonstrate a strong influence of French Post-Structuralist theory from the 1960s and early 1970s.