HORSES AND NUDIES: A Debut Solo Show by Douglas Cantor | It's 2020 For F*ck Sake – A Thirteen Artist, Back-to-Back Solo Exhibition Marathon
Most elements have a reason to be, a story, an anecdote behind them. They come from life, nostalgia or desire, frustration.
My practice has always been personal and somehow egotistical. It’s mine and it exists for me to learn about myself and understand myself. It is in its nature very serious, deep and complex, and explores very personal aspects of my persona and very private experiences of mine that more often than not I choose to not share openly. Most elements have a reason to be, a story, an anecdote behind them. They come from life, nostalgia or desire, frustration. Someone that knows me well can probably join the dots, but to the outside it might not be so easy to see past the surface. As time piles up on my shoulders and I get more comfortable and accepting of my own self, two glorious things have happened that have made me both a better person and a better artist:
1 I give less and less of a fuck every passing day
2 I take myself less seriously
So, how do you explain to people as you go about your day what it is that you do? I paint, I say. Then they ask you, What do you paint? What is your work about?
“Right now,” I answer, “Horses and Nudies”.
Working from memory, Cantor’s compositions are romantic, idealised, and often permeated with a heavy sense of nostalgia. The result is paintings that are of all things relevant to him: places, patterns, animals, people, still life, text, plants, and food, where each element works as a vessel for the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and unfolding identity.
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.