Preview: Jack Foley
"Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists;
they leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach." - Sol
THE Lisson Gallery in London is currently presenting an
exciting group exhibition, taking place in both gallery spaces,
showing three generations of artists exploring the idea of conceptual
art within an emotional context.
The exhibition is focussed on artists that use the supposedly
'dry' and intellectual strategies of conceptual art established
in the 1960's, to trigger poetic leaps of faith and fuel the imagination.
The Distance Between Me and You will be centred on works
that use the logical forms and processes of conceptual art but
endeavour to capture the illogical, poetic, emotional or mysterious.
Many of the works selected navigate between the analytical and
the intuitive, occupying the distance between what we know and
what we feel.
As manifested in Bas Jan Ader's I'm Too Sad To Tell You,
or Douglas Gordon's Every Time I Think Of You I Die A Little,
the impact of the works sometimes hinges on the longing for, but
impossibility of, communicating with another individual.
These unexplained narratives evoke romantic feelings of solitude
and alienation, highlighting also the distance between the artist
and the viewer.
In other instances, such as in Marine Hugonnier's beautiful photographs
of the date line dividing the Bering Strait, it is the gap between
these images and their implied meaning which arouse our emotional
Artists in the exhibition include: Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alys,
John Baldessari, Sopie Calle, Joost Coninj, Adam Dade & Sonya
Hanney, Ceal Floyer, Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham,
Graham Gussin, Isabell Heimerdinger, Marine Hugonnier, Stephen
Little, Kris Martin, Jonathan Monk, Fernando Ortega, Simon Patterson,
Liv Pennington, Gary Rough, Mathew Sawyer and Jemima Stehli.
The Distance Between Me & You, Until September 6, 2003,
Lisson Gallery, 29 & 52-54 Bell Street, London. Opening times:
Monday to Friday 10-6, and Saturday 12-5.
The gallery is less than a minute walk from both Edgware Road
and Marylebone Tube stations.
Tel: 020 7724 2739.
Picture shows: I Don't Know If I Still Love You, by Liv