National charity Paintings in Hospitals invites British artist Tom Ellis to take over the Menier Gallery, London, in new temporary exhibition 'Episodic Scenes of Fortune and Woe' from 15 – 24 February 2018.
Ellis first worked with the charity in 2016 as part of his exhibition The Middle at the Wallace Collection, London. Creating a parallel to the complexities of exhibiting within such an iconic historic institution, Works Like People II squeezed four vast, faded, Guernica-like paintings into the confined and utilitarian spaces of four GP surgeries across London.
The experience opened Ellis's eyes to new possibilities as an artist: “It made me realise how powerful and revealing the process of taking art into culturally complex and unorthodox spaces can be. The ‘white cube’ gallery is in many ways a protective device that serves to isolate and automatically venerate any artwork displayed within it. Conversely working in these non-ideal, complex contexts presents the artist with an arguably more authentic relationship to the actual circumstances surrounding the creation and presentation of their new, and therefore as-yet-unproven, art.”
For this exhibition Ellis has transformed the usually open-plan spaces of the ground floor gallery into an improvised, undulating and disorientating simulacrum of a contemporary white cube space. Into this makeshift, fabric space, Ellis has then placed paintings, some edited with marker pen, that also seem to approach their straightforwardly contemporary status with a similarly sceptical sense of ambivalence. As if to further undermine the normal certainties of gallery, neutral display wall and the venerated art object Ellis has then proceeded to intersperse his paintings with prints that have arbitrarily applied patches of high resolution amid otherwise visibly pixelated renderings of the original paintings – what he refers to as 'high-and-low-quality prints'.
Venue: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
Dates: 15-24 February 2018 (11am-6pm, Mon-Sat)
ABOUT TOM ELLIS
Tom Ellis lives and works in London. His paintings have been exhibited widely internationally including solo exhibitions at The Arts Club, Mayfair, London (2017); The Marksman Pub and Dining Room, London (2017); French Riviera, London (2017); the Wallace Collection, London (2016); Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens (2013); MOT International, London (2012, 2011, 2007); Bloomberg Space, London (2011); Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2010); SPACE, London (2009); Freight and Volume, New York (2007); Kontainer (now Gallery Nicodim), Los Angeles (2005, 2004). He has participated in group exhibitions including Rift, Baltic 39, Newcastle, UK (2014); Eros and Thanatos, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany (2012); Multiple Takes, 68 Square Metres Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark (2011); Newspeak: British Art Now, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2010). His work is held in the Saatchi Collection, London; SøR Rusche Collection, Oelde/Berlin; international private collections.
ABOUT PAINTINGS IN HOSPITALS
Paintings in Hospitals, founded in 1959, is a national charity using art and creativity to inspire better health and wellbeing. Paintings in Hospitals is partnered with over 180 health and social care organisations in England, Wales and NI, loaning its art and hosting hands-on workshops to create care spaces that encourage, enrich and empower both patients and carers.
The Paintings in Hospitals collection holds over 4,100 artworks, including pieces by Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Ian Davenport, Maggi Hambling, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Helen Chadwick, Alexander Calder, and many more. Paintings in Hospitals is also partnered with national museums and collections, including the V&A and the Arts Council Collection, enabling the charity to bring more world-class art to people who cannot reach it alone. Paintings in Hospitals receives no Government funding and relies entirely on support from the public. Paintings in Hospitals is a Registered Charity (1065963).
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