Ed Atkins - Serpentine Sackler Gallery | ITSLIQUID

Ed Atkins – Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Art | May 15, 2014 |

Ed AtkinsImage courtesy of Ed Atkins

Ed Atkins – Serpentine Sackler Gallery
11 June – 25 August 2014

One of the most prominent artists of his generation, Ed Atkins works primarily with High Definition video and text, exploiting and subverting the conventions of moving image and literature. Centred around an augmented and appended version of the new multi-screen video work Ribbons, Atkins’s exhibition transforms the Serpentine Sackler Gallery into a submersive environment of syncopated sounds, bodies and spaces. This is his largest solo exhibition in a UK public institution to date.

Ed AtkinsImage courtesy of Ed Atkins

Ribbons (2014) will have its UK premiere at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in a site-specific adaptation. Presented alongside installations of text and images, accompanying videos and tourettic interjections, the exhibition will underscore the ambivalent relationship that exists between real and virtual objects; between real and virtual conditions. Ed Atkins said: “The Sackler exhibition will re-possess some sort of sub-horror genre; the old powder rooms, haunted by the phantom smell of gunpowder, paranoia and anticipation of violence, will emphasise a particularly phantasmatic aspect of Ribbons; the protagonist’s questionable corporeality, their presence, their performance of loss and monstrousness”.

Ed AtkinsImage courtesy of Ed Atkins

Sounds from a suite of synchronised projections positioned throughout the Gallery will lead the visitor through the space, with glimpses of song, swells of orchestra, murmuring voices and waves of sub-bass. Ribbons is part musical, part horror, and part melodrama; Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” and Randy Newman’s “I think it’s going to rain today” are two of the songs featured. Naked, lonely and misanthropic, the palpable melancholy of Atkins’s Computer Generated avatar hero is “rendered” as HD graphic, troll, voyeur and, perhaps, artist.

Ed AtkinsImage courtesy of Ed Atkins

Atkins’s work draws attention to the way in which we perceive, communicate and filter information. His videos combine layered images with incomplete or interrupted excerpts of singing, speech, subtitles and handwriting. Working with a specialist in computer generated animation, Atkins exploits the hyperreal surfaces produced by new software systems to create complex, nightmarish environments populated by virtual characters, avatars of ambiguous provenance and desires. Atkins has described the male figure that appears in these works as “a character that is literally a model, is demonstrably empty – a surrogate and a vessel”. Despite the emotive music and poetic syntax of the protagonists, their emptiness serves to remind the three-dimensional, warm-bodied viewer of their own physicality.

more. http://edatkins.co.uk | www.serpentinegalleries.org

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below






    RELATED POSTS


    THE NEW BLACK VANGUARD

    Art | November 25, 2022

    This October, Saatchi Gallery will present The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, a ground breaking exhibition featuring 15 international Black photographers. Read more


    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS INTERNATIONAL…

    Calls | November 24, 2022

    CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, organized by ITSLIQUID Group in collaboration with ACIT Venice - Italian-German Cultural Association, will be held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and in other prestigious venues between January 27 and April 24, 2023. Read more


    Women in love by Benedetta…

    Events | November 21, 2022

    ITSLIQUID Group is pleased to announce the opening of WOMEN IN LOVE, a solo exhibition of Benedetta Paravia hosted during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR - 16th Edition. WOMEN IN LOVE is born from the idea of Benedetta Paravia, aka Princess Bee, Vice President and Ambassador of A.N.G.E.L.S. - National Association of Great Energies Leading Solidarity - ONLUS. Read more


    ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST – 13TH…

    Calls | November 18, 2022

    ITSLIQUID Group is proud to announce ITSLIQUID International Contest - 13th Edition, a free theme international contest open to artists, architects, and designers from all over the world, divided into ten categories: painting, photography, video-art, sculpture, and installation, performing art, architecture, product design, fashion design, computer graphics, illustration, and drawing. Read more


    Sign up for our Newsletter.

    Enter your email to receive our latest updates!