Artificial Realities at The East Wing Biennial

by Cass Art

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We are very excited to be supporting one of the UK's largest and most well-established student-run contemporary art exhibitions in 2016; The East Wing Biennial. 

The show, titled 'Artificial Realities' opens on 30th January, and will run for 18 months at the Courtauld Institute of Art, in London. Based at Somerset House, The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London, and one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, and its gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections

The East Wing Biennial was the vision of Joshua Compston, a student at the Courtauld Institute between 1989 and 1992. The first show opened on 27th November 1991 and exhibited the likes of Gilbert and George, Howard Hodgkin and Damien Hirst, many of whom were recently graduated and stretching the boundaries of the British art scene.

‘Faced with seminar rooms of such bareness, that the eye and mind revolted… I decided, by hook or by crook, to find some contemporary art to destroy all the vestiges of such nudity, and by this act restore to its rightful position art in everyday surroundings’ - Joshua Compston, 1991

Since it began over 20 years ago, the biannual exhibition has grown and progressed, but stayed true to its founder's original concept. It contiunously strives to bring the public some of Britain's most exciting contemporary art, by both established and young emerging artists.

The East Wing Exhibition in 2016 is led by a team of 38 current students of the Courtauld Institute, and will feature work from artists including Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread and Anthony Gormley,

'Artificial Realities' questions the relationship between the real and the virtual, and highlights the ambiguous borders where human perception lies. This theme is carried through the exhibition by both dynamic and subtle art pieces, ranging in scale and medium, and is woven into the fabric of the building through insightful use of transitional spaces and reflective curation. Go along for a contemplative but exciting exhibition, and celebrate some of the best contemporary art in Britain today. 

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Image Credits

1-  Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Reoccurring Undulation (detail), 2011, Preserved salmon skins on zinc plated tiles, 225 tiles 20 x 20 cm each, Courtesy of the artist

2-  Gabriel Kuri, Rojo y negro con lata, 2008, Marble slabs and found aluminium can, 152.4 x 37.5 x 2.5 cm, © Gabriel Kuri, Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London and Galleria Franco Noero, Turin and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City

3- Jacob Hashimoto, Gossamer Cloud, 2006, Paper, bamboo, dacron, acrylic colours, 200 x 150 x 20 cm, Courtesy of Studio la Città, Verona Photographer: © Michele Alberto Sereni

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