Valentina Fois launch + exhibition online, Oct 1 – Jan 31

30 September 2016

Portland’s Upfor Gallery is launching online exhibition space with a group exhibition, opening October 1 to January 31, 2017.

Curated by Valentina Fois, the show features work by Morehshin Allahyari, Leah Beeferman, Kate Durbin, Faith Holland, Brenna Murphy and Megan Snowe, and explores the tensions of functioning within an online space; its transience and eternity, freedoms and limitations.

Connected by a running commentary written by Kimmo Modig between all of the works, the exhibition explores these paradoxes and juxtapositions through work exploring the way we portray ourselves online and to others.

The website for the exhibition is designed by Fois and Beeferman, and additional text written by Fois, Snowe and Modig.

See the website for details.**

Kate Durbin, 'Hello Selfie Men' (2016). Photo by Anna Jacobsen. Courtesy the artist.
Kate Durbin, ‘Hello Selfie Men’ (2016). Photo by Anna Jacobsen. Courtesy the artist.

Header image: Brenna Murphy, ‘CorridorShiftExtrude (extract)’ (2016). Website. Courtesy the artist.

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Kitty Clark, Humans Unite (2016) exhibition photos

27 June 2016

Humans Unite, a solo show by Kitty Clark at new London space, Public Exhibitions ran May 27 – June 12, 2016. Curated by Valentina Fois, the show presented a new series of works by Clark that address futile desires and contemporary anxiety through what Fois describes as “a transhuman mentality”.

Kitty Clark, 'A New Post Appears' (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Public Exhibitions. Photo Original&theCopy.
Kitty Clark, ‘A New Post Appears’ (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Public Exhibitions, London. Photo Original&theCopy.

It’s comprised of mainly sculptural pieces featuring materials and arrangements such as aluminium, etched text onto acrylic, dead flies, and laminate. Some air vents with printed text look to be providing air to an empty see-through chamber that acts as an arm rest for an animatronic hand perched, armless on top. A large-scale digitally projected 3D virtual environment of a ‘Wheatfield (FEEL KNOW)’ presents Humans Unite as a clinical space for its items, the projected work acting as a perfect backdrop for a perfectly possible emotional transformation. 


To accompany the show the London-based artist provided the following text with the press release, which was also printed in ‘stages’ snaking around each aluminium air vent installed in the space:

Stage 1.0 – Alpha:

Unreliable – repeated major system failures

Erratic – total lack of administrative control

Infested – bugs crawling all over the desk

Stage 2.0 – Beta:

Free – Enslavement seems a long way off!

Chaotic – surge of largely illicit content

Prophetic – reactionary critics emerge

Stage 2.5 – Enlightenment:

Bias – early adopters gain superior competency

Divergence – basis of persisting hierarchy forms

Unrest – the path to the top becomes steeper

Stage 3.0 – Passivity

Mutation – interface optimised for ease of use

Integration – convenience breeds compliance

Contentment – the environment is seamless

Stage 4.0 – Return

Collapse – overcrowding triggers power outage

Despair – irreparable damage to infrastructure

Cure – regression, acceptance, euphoria.**

Kitty Clark’s Humans Unite was on at London’s Public Exhibitions, running May 27 to June 12, 2016.

Header image: Kitty Clark, Humans Unite (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist and Public Exhibitions, London. Photo Original&theCopy.

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