Artists Anonymous: System of a Dawn
BERLONI, formerly EB&Flow gallery, will launch in their new central London space this October with a solo exhibition by Artists Anonymous. Entitled System of a Dawn, it will be on display from October 14 to December 14, 2013.
The artists’ collective, which is based between London and Berlin, will take over the entirety of the new three-story, Margaret Street space with a surreal distortion of its interiors.
On entering the building, visitors will find themselves in an arboretum, with real trees and turf in a room whose walls are nevertheless lined with Victorian wallpaper. An unnatural ecosystem is at work here: we are in Artists Anonymous’ world of inversion and opposites, contradiction and play.
Downstairs in the basement, as though we’ve fallen down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, the sound of dripping water reminds us of the garden above, but now we are somewhere completely other. Here, between the floorboards and the foliage, we come across a visual assault course of mixed-media that questions every aspect of how we see.
A key motif of Artists Anonymous’ work, the after-image is the optical illusion that continues to appear in one’s vision after one has closed one’s eyes. Images and after-images will appear throughout the installation, but will only come into focus from certain viewpoints.
Robin Mann, Director of Berloni, says: “The installation is an example of Artists Anonymous’ ongoing game of inversions and illusion with the viewer, where commonplace expectations implode from the inside out and back again”.
The juxtaposition of painted and actual surfaces, the effortless flickering between genres and periods of art history and the endless questioning of positives and negatives all contribute to the labyrinthine effect of entering Artists Anonymous’ world.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday, 12 to 6pm.