The Unlimited Dream Company
Artists: Richard J. Butler, Stevie Dix, Ollie Dook, Angelique Heidler, Lewis Henderson, Ralph Hunter-Menzies, George Rouy, Rosie Grace Ward
“You can lean against us, we’re quite real.”
Taking its cue from J. G. Ballard’s novel of the same name, The Unlimited Dream Company is an exhibition of eight artists, each of whom interrogates a seductive edge of contemporary life. Together their works produce a theatre of sorts, a stage on which converge forces complicated by the thin line that exists between their reality and artificial construction: fantasy, illusion and desire.
Written in 1979, Ballard’s novel follows the protagonist Blake as he explores an exotic universe of salacious orchids, raucous parrots and gesticulating film sets. Emerging from the ruins of an aeroplane crash in the suburb of Thames at Shepperton, Blake’s narrative becomes increasingly suspicious as a gaggle of peculiar characters fight for his attention. Before long Blake’s existence is little other than an anxious daydream – lost in this absurd world, unsure of the reality of his own identity.
The eight artists presented in the show mirror this lack of stabilising narrative. Vanishing tombstones, curious monkeys and bloodied scythes, the exhibition similarly turns our attention to the vexed nature of desire. Affects become a source of craving, colours a form of neuromarketing, the surreal little more than a brand. At times humorous and at others apocalyptic, the exhibition shares with the world of Ballard’s protagonist a fascination with the cabalistic nature of the popular unconscious.
[…] Read the full press release here. Ralph Hunter-Menzies was featured on Young Space last August, and Angelique Heidler was featured in June!
Co-organised with Charlie Mills and Ralph Hunter-Menzies
Venue: Hannah Barry Gallery, 4 Holly Grove, Peckham, London SE15 5DF
Closing: 13 January 2018
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