Eric Bainbridge,Untitled, 2015, Fur fabric, 140 x 140 cm (EB0532)
Joel Kyack,The Comeback, 2015, Urethane arm, dress shirt, crutch and wire, 365 x 694 x 21 cm (JK0003)
Eric Bainbridge / Joel Kyack
Preview: 6pm - 9pm Friday 9th October 2015
Performance: Thursday 15th October at 7pm
Exhibition continues: 10th October - 21st November 2015
Friday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm (or by appointment)
61 Conduit Street, Mayfair
London, W1S 2GB
Frieze Week Opening Hours
Tues 13th - Sun 18th October, 10am - 6pm (and by appointment)
Workplace London is delighted to announce a two person exhibition featuring new work by British artist Eric Bainbridge and Los Angeles based artist Joel Kyack. For this show Bainbridge is presenting a new series of iconic paintings made from synthetic fur fabric, whilst in his first London presentation Kyack is showing new sculpture, painting, and conducting a performance to coincide with the Frieze West End Night.
Made from his signature material, synthetic fur fabric, Eric Bainbridge's paintings pose enigmatic and duplicitous explorations. The pragmatic directness of material properties - to cut, to stretch, to wrap, to patch - and pictorial invocations of spatial depth or figuration are articulated through the subtle interplay of colour and texture. The paucity of gesture employed by Bainbridge invites sustained consideration, whilst the hyper-artificiality of the fur fabric simultaneously implies luxury and an aspirational escape towards it. The paintings move beyond their formal conditions to speak of the socio-political currents that lie, camouflaged, beneath their apparent semiotic assertions.
Joel Kyack's new work comprises of talismanic combinations of body parts and utilitarian objects that conspire to create darkly transgressive sculptures. Hinting towards an encroachment upon moral boundaries and the malevolent undercurrents of our civilization, Kyack brings together a combination of unlikely components. With materials sourced from hardware stores, healthcare industries and Hollywood prop warehouses, he creates surreal, darkly humorous objects and paintings that evince the same dysfunctional and chaotic social context as their origin. Maintaining a Dadaist anti-bourgeois position, Kyack rejects 'taste' and traditional aesthetic sensibilities finding instead pragmatic yet subversive relationships between functional objects. He achieves an outcome that relates, inevitably, back to the body and the abject absurdity of the individual in relation to a disturbing and complex social world, always maintaining potential for both violence and the grotesque.
Your Optimism Fills Graves
a performance by Joel Kyack
Workplace London - Thursday October 15th at 7pm
Your Optimism Fills Graves marks the first UK performance by Joel Kyack. Drawing on his interest in object-based performances, Kyack will utilise the setting of Workplace London to engage the audience as both co-creators and intimate witnesses. Dealing in themes of interdependence, endurance and death, Your Optimism Fills Graves will incorporate plastic vessels, power tools, liquids and masks to set a stage for the simultaneous creation of fountains, drawings, monologue and sounds.
Eric Bainbridge was born in Consett, County Durham, UK in 1955. He studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and completed a Masters in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1981. Solo exhibitions include View Points The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Eric Bainbridge ICA, Boston; Style, Space, Elegance, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Supercollage, New Art Gallery Walsall; Forward Thinking, MIMA, Middlesbrough; and Eric Bainbridge - Steel Sculptures at Camden Art Centre. Bainbridge's other previous exhibitions include the 1986 and 1990 Venice Biennale; Material Culture at the Hayward Gallery, London; British Art of the 80's and 90's at IMMA in Dublin; Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London. His work is in numerous international collections including the Stedelijk Collection, Arts Council England Collection, The Margulies Collection, and the Tate Collection. Bainbridge lives and works in Hartlepool and Sunderland, UK
Joel Kyack was born in 1972 in Abington, Pennsylvania, USA. He received his BA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995, studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2004, and received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Old Sailors Never Die, Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles; Superclogger, a public project produced in collaboration with The Hammer Museum and LA><ART; River / Stream / In-Between, Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Point at The Thing That's Furthest Away, Praz-Delavallade, Paris; Terms / Proposals / Demands, SSZ Sued, Cologne; The Knife Shop at Kunsthalle LA; Recent performances include: All The Instruments Agree at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. As well as Workplace Gallery, Kyack is represented by François Ghebaly in Los Angeles and Praz-Delavallade in Paris. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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