WORKING, AS ONE INTENDED : A Debut Solo Show by Ruby Dickson | It's 2020 For F*ck Sake – A Thirteen Artist, Back-to-Back Solo Exhibition Marathon
Guns, mugs, dentures – objects often laden with meaning are built anew, once more made susceptible to the unpredictable influences of everyday life.
The work on display in this solo exhibition expands on a practice founded in a rejection of “common sense”. While they resist the abstract, they attempt to create worlds not governed by place or time, instead exploring mental association towards common symbols removed from social context. Guns, mugs, dentures – objects often laden with meaning are built anew, once more made susceptible to the unpredictable influences of everyday life. Frustrated by the regular recourse to thoughtless irony pervasive in the art world, the characters and objects found in the paintings are presented sincerely; social commentary proves difficult as the pictured objects populate a world of their own.
Ruby Dickson is a painter raised in Yorkshire who lives and works in London. Rejecting notions of visual coherence, Ruby seeks to parallel the discord of everyday life in each new painting she makes. In doing so, she draws upon a wide array of influences, ranging from postmodern literature to personal insecurity, in addition references from her education in Art History. Her paintings have nothing to do with identity.
Guns, mugs, dentures – objects often laden with meaning are built anew, once more made susceptible to the unpredictable influences of everyday life. Frustrated by the regular recourse to thoughtless irony pervasive in the art world, Dickson's characters and objects are presented sincerely; social commentary proves difficult as the pictured objects populate the artist's own world.
Guts Gallery and Soft Punk Magazine are proud to collaboratively present “It's 2020 For F*ck Sake”, a thirteen artist, back-to-back solo exhibition marathon, running from 24 September 2020 to 21 December 2020, first in a railway arch under Haggerston Station, and now with a return to lockdown, online through VR content.
Born from a desire to refuse the conditions of silence, paralysis, and erasure brought on by our current social and political climate, this exhibition series has been conceived as a means of exhibiting some of the most promising practitioners of the new generation, creating space for display, experimentation, and artistic ownership in an otherwise compromising market.
Actively aware of the scarcity of shows for underrepresented emerging artists, each artist exhibiting has been given full license over the space. However, this is an exhibition marathon founded in community — while each artist has a solo show, the broader ethos is one of collaboration, accessibility, progress, and collective shouldering of one another.
Once more returning to “lockdown” as of Thursday, 5th November, the remainder of the solo exhibitions will be launched and viewed through virtual reality, a viewing room via Guts’ upcoming Artlogic website and of course, Instagram. All of these platforms will be made live at the same time each week on the date the private views were due to take place. We would like viewers to engage with the works as you would in our physical space, curating an environment specific to each show and artist.
At a moment when the arts sector is on the brink of a major crisis, we are committed to continue putting our community first, paying fair wages, and providing sustained support for artists in any way we can.