Time Out First Thursdays Evening View:
Exhibition Open: 14/6/14 - 10/8/14
JONAS RANSON / TASMAN RICHARDSON / DARREN COFFIELD /
The Residence Gallery is transformed into an edifice for the contemplative dimension of the Popmystic. Vivid colours, imposing geometries, theatrical surfaces and jarring lights illuminate the zone. Hijacked aesthetics of the esoteric commune with the debris of popular culture to swirl around the space like opulent cryptic codes. Popmystic channels the violent calm of the collective consciousness by power-harnessing rapid developing technologies and filtering ideas and visuals into a hypnotic sensory environment/vacuum of enlightenment. Meaning is somewhere between the divine and the defined. A black hole cut through the agglomeration of collective opacity.
Site Specific Commission for
The Residence Gallery has selected Daryl Brown to create a public memorial artwork for
The curatorial theme for the project 'a memorial for the wasteland', stems from the pre-Olympic/pre-gentrification history of Hackney Wick. At the time when Hackney Wicked was founded in the garden of The Residence Gallery, the area was connected to a strong sense of radical freedom afforded by the surrounding wasteland, disused warehouses, wild flowers, traveler communities, spiritualists, ravers, vagrants and artists. Anything seemed possible. The 'wasteland' welcomed the outsiders, offered cheap rents and plenty of space to explore and experiment. Post-Olympics, the wasteland is undergoing "regeneration", and the creative lifestyle is branded, packaged and sold as "legacy" while fewer and fewer creatives can continue to afford it. Interestingly, the “wasteland” is rarely conserved or valued as a positive contribution to social change. Like the wasteland, the communities that thrive in raw discarded landscapes are so easily wiped out and forgotten. Daryl Brown states about his piece: "I have tried to create a monument to the cut and paste community that is the Hackney Wick I remember.”
Daryl Brown's sculpture Living living living living life is located on Bream Street, E3.
Hackney Wicked Art Festival runs 1st - 3rd of August, 2014, throughout Hackney Wick and Fish