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1st August, 2015

Jeffrey Dennis: Ringbinder – Curated by Andrew Hunt

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1st August, 2015
End Date:
17th October, 2015
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library & Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR1 1RE

‘Ringbinder’ is Jeffrey Dennis’ largest exhibition in the UK for thirty years, and will consist of a new series of paintings and sculpture housed in NGCA’s reconfigured main gallery space.

Aside from staging a concentrated progression of the artist’s work made between 2011 and 2015, the exhibition will also attempt to reflect on Dennis’ development since his initial profile in Britain was formed during the early 1980s. This was a period that saw a significant international resurgence in painting in parallel with the ‘New Image Painting’ in North America and the ‘Jungen Wilden’ (Young Wild Ones) in Germany, both of which were considered counter-movements to Conceptual Art.

Subject matter includes graphic Bengali cinema posters, images from a technical handbook of fixtures and fittings retrieved from a skip in the 1970s, as well as films such as Jean Luc Godard’s self-conscious critique of consumerism Two or Three Things I Know About Her; reference points that provide the artist with the tools for constructing enchanted visual spaces in his strange objects. Surrounded by Dennis’ signature painted bubbles – a device originally taken from a scene in Godard’s film in which froth on a cup of coffee dissipates – the artist transforms the micro to the macro; a situation in which we travel from foam in a washing-up bowl to different points in inter-galactic space.

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