edge of ordinary II
exhibition at Espacio Gallery
The edge of ordinary exhibition at Espacio Gallery showcases new works by 10 international artists exploring the position of art and the artist within a multimedia society.
The exhibition presents painting, printmaking, installation, sculpture, and film/video.
The philosopher Francis Fukuyama is known for his claim that history has come to an end. As such he is a post-historian – liberal democracy and market economy serving to replace the values foisted upon us by the grand narratives comprising history’s obsolescence. Inspired by such thought the influential aesthetician and art critic, Arthur Danto (1924 – 2013), has written prolifically upon the end of art history. After the end of art history, he tells us, there are simply genres. There are no longer any ostracising conflicts between the artists of these genres. Artists who would once have been bitterly divided by overriding theoretical commitments have been released from these restrictions.
edge of ordinary II is a contemporary example of a co-operative exhibition of artists committed to making art in a pluralistic age.
Professor and philosopher Derek Matravers will discuss the exhibition in the presence of the artists and the public on Wednesday 12 November 6-8pm.
Matravers’ two most recent works are Fiction and Narrative (OUP, 2014) and a co-edited (with Damien Freeman) collection of essays entitled, Figuring Out Figurative Art: Contemporary Philosophers on Contemporary Paintings (Routledge, 2014). Professor Matravers will take up the themes of pre-modernity, modernity and post-historical art-making in the context of EOII, thereby plaiting philosophy, art theory and art criticism together.
Participating artists: Brigitte Boldy, Dom Chastney, Charlie Dillon, Pamela Gerrie, Gail Olding, Gianluca Pisano, Jane Price, Bettina Stuurman, Konstantinos Vasileiou, Edward Winters
The exhibition is curated by Gail Olding.
Part of Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursday late-night art events.
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
Daily 1-7pm including weekends.
Tuesdays until 5pm.
Closed on Wednesdays.
The painting shown at top is by Charlie Dillon.