© Hannah Greely

Hannah Greely: Assembly 2001
Papier mache, Sculpey, wire and paint,
98 x 48 x 24 inches

Waste Material

William Daniels
, Hannah Greely, Elizabeth Kent, David Musgrave, Rupert Norfolk, Georg Scharf, Clare Stephenson, Yves Tanguy

"Waste material" is an exhibition about time, matter and the imaginary. The show will be bracketed by two works, Hannah Greely's "Assembly", a papier-mache stepladder which is home to numerous handmade insects, and Georg Scharf's etching "Duria antiquior", the first image of the prehistoric world to dispense with Biblical imagery. Greeley's ladder implies a future world from which human beings have been erased; Scharf's etching, after a drawing by the Victorian geologist Henry de la Beche based on fossil evidence of prehistoric life, offers a complimentary impossible perspective.

Rupert Norfolk's "leaf" sculpture is in state of fixed indeterminacy, being at once recognisable and not quite legible, and this has something in common with Yves Tanguy's shifting but precisely rendered, other-worldly forms. William Daniels' paintings are derived from paper tableaux that echo romantic and religious paintings of the past. They are at once frail and graphically precise: both the image and the worldview they evoke seem fixed at the edge of disintegration.

Clare Stephenson's drawings take as their starting point constructions she has made from found materials and images from art history books. These sources are synthesised and distorted in the process, and the results are unpredictable mutations, worlds in themselves that also initiate a peculiar dialogue with their origins. Elizabeth Kent's works grow out of simple propositions that have absorbing, seductive consequences. A video of a loop of black card punctured with holes produces the illusion of an imaginary city at night; a set of handmade chameleons offers a meditation on the structure of visual experience.

David Musgrave's solo exhibitions include "art now", Tate Britain (2003), Transmission, Glasgow (2002), greengrassi, London (2001 & 2000) and at Duncan Cargill Gallery, London (1998). Group exhibitions include Arnolfini, Bristol with Anna Barriball (2003); Mark Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles with Roger Hiorns (2003); "Casino 2001", S.M.A.K., Ghent (2001); British Art Show 5 (2000). Born in 1973, he lives and works in London.

Hannah Greely is a young LA-based artist, who has not previously exhibited in London. William Daniels, Elizabeth Kent and Rupert Norfolk live and work in London. Clare Stephenson is based in Glasgow. All the artists will exhibit new work.

Curated by David Musgrave

Supported by Arts Council England, London and The Foyle Foundation.

Exhibition: 3 February - 13 March 2005
Gallery hours: Thu-Sat 11am - 6pm

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