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Thursday, 8 December 2016 to Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 6:00pm

Space In Between is delighted to present TETRACONTAMERON - an exhibition of new work by Christian Newby with Ana Martínez Fernández and Drew Liverman. TETRACONTAMERON focuses on a 14th Century Italian text The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio, in order to re-establish a practice of artistic or literary common property and open source usage across the artworks displayed. Investigating notions of authorship and the production of surpluses of creative content from existing works of art, the exhibition addresses works that have in their own right been taken directly from the text, such as Botticelli’s quadriptych depiction of the story of Nastagio degli Onesti and Pasolini’s film Il Decameron.

This exhibition brings together a number of threads invoking dynamics between fine and applied art making and will consist of four main works including an industrially hand-tufted carpet produced by Newby and designed together with invited artist/designer Drew Liverman from Austin, Texas. Depicting two out of four of Botticelli’s panels the carpet will be presented alongside another collaborative work comprised of nine glazed ceramic silhouettes depicting examples of ancient Iberian pottery. Produced in collaboration with artist Ana Martínez Fernández these works discuss the fluidity of how, from region to region, decorative motifs are exchanged before the public sector asserts to establish an index of associated characteristics—perhaps stifling its natural current as an ever expanding vernacular of techniques.

Further works appropriating political and ornamental themes aimed at uncovering mechanical elements behind art and design include stock characters from the Commedia dell’ Arte and the woebegone clown Pierrot, rendered by the 19th century political cartoonist Gustave-Henri Jossot for an early Cointreau liqueur advertisement. These works employ the concept of  ‘open source’ as an operative model; emphasizing invention and authorship as fugitive parts of a larger, collective surfeit of art-historical tropes and techniques. 


Artist ( Description ): 

Christian Newby received his MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. Recent exhibitions and residencies include: URRA/Gasworks residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015); The White Review cover, publication issue number 10, (2015); Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Howard Hodgkin group show (2014); Dazed and Confused Magazine/Whitechapel Gallery Emerging Artist (2013); Nouvelle Vague at Palais de Tokyo (2013); Parlour Apes at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (solo show, 2011); Christian Newby at Galerie Òu, Marseille (2011). His work has become increasingly collaborative, questioning conventional aesthetic notions of authorship and autonomy and exploring methodologies aimed at achieving a collective surplus of knowledge. His practice has incorporated the use of many applied arts techniques such as carpet making, ceramic production, Pots and Tiles at Space In Between, London (2015) as well as a commission by Studio Leigh resulting in series of objects designed by artists that were informed by useful everyday things (2015). 

Venue ( Address ): 

Wednesday to Saturday, 1-6pm
08/12/16 - 04/01/17
Preview: 07/12/16, 6-9pm

10A Mackintosh Lane
E9 6AB

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