Jeremy Deller

Metatextile: Ruptured narratives… @ Edel Assanti, Jun 9 – Aug 12

7 June 2016

The Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values group exhibition is on at London’s Edel Assanti, opening June 9 and running to August 12.

The show brings together works that are united in their employment of fabric and textiles, looking to evoke all of the varied and intimate politics that are bound up in the production of items and artworks that utilise such materials and methods.

Textiles and sculptures included in the exhibition are by Pio Abad, artist collective Slavs and Tatars, Jeremy Deller & Ed Hall, a work by Russian Constructivist, Liubov Popova from 1924, Leah Dixon and Timur Novikov among others.

See the Edel Assanti website for more information.**

Timur Novikov's appliqué work. Courtesy Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Timur Novikov’s appliqué work. Courtesy Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.


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Les ruses de l’intelligence (2015) exhibition photos

10 May 2016

Les ruses de l’intelligence (‘The Stratagems of the Intellect’), which ran from October 10 to December 13, 2015, at Parc Saint Léger in France, brought together a group of artists including Harun Farocki, Jeremy Deller & Alan KaneGianni Motti, and SUPERFLEX among others. The premise of the exhibition focused on the idea of ‘work’ and explored the definition, effects and convention of the word in the context of our globalised economy and the power politics associated with the current financial model.

The artists responded to the increasingly abstract idea of work and how value is defined. The title of the show is a reference to a book by Marcel Détienne and Jean-Pierre Vernant, translated to English as Cunning Intelligence in Greek Culture and Society, which questions the established order of stratagems and the know-how models behind practical forms of intelligence. Working across sculpture, photography, neon, books, and other object assemblage, the installation brings together varied relationships to ‘artmaking’ and the economics of the art world that is undergoing rapid change.

Les ruses de l'intelligence (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy Parc Saint Léger, Paris.
Les ruses de l’intelligence (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy Parc Saint Léger, Paris.

Farocki, Deller & Kane, and Jean-Luc Moulène, look specifically at industry and disappearance, while SUPERFLEX and Pratchaya Phinthong focus their attention on collapse and the financial crisis. Julien Prévieux takes a personal approach to the consequential situation, addressing his reasons for not entering into the world of business in ‘Lettres de non-motivatio’ (2015). Allen RuppersbergMladen Stilinović  and Patricio Gil Floodlook at leisure time and the ways we fill our time in contrast to time spent working. The back-and-forth energy of production and reception is articulated in the objects of Eva BartoStefan BrüggemannÈve Chabanon. An overall anxiety works its way through the pieces, stringing them together in their shared desire to reorganise and understand our commitment to the sphere of art.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

The Les ruses de l’intelligence group exhibition was on at Paris’s Parc Saint Leger, running October 10 to December 13, 2015.

Header image: Les ruses de l’intelligence (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy Parc Saint Léger, Paris.

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