- Dates and times: Wed 6th June 19:00-21:00 (Private View), Thurs 7th June 12:00-21:00.
- Venue: 73-75 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3BQ
- Registration: Pre-registration for the event is recommended. Click here to register your interest.
- Safety notice: Due to the nature of the venue, we ask viewers to register online prior to visiting, to be careful of steps and uneven flooring, and not to enter any of the cordoned off spaces.
The time of contemporary creative practice is one of flux and flow. Whereas the artist’s studio one stood as the site of production, out of which emerged the complete and timeless work of art, the site of production has now invaded the exhibition itself, and creation and presentation are conflated. Potential and emergence imbue art with a power and a problem – eternally present, and by its nature and by design, imperfect – the art presented here traverses a broad range of temporalities, complicating distinctions between past and present, memory and the future, fixity and becoming, truth and reality.
The site of exhibition acts as the ideal context for such work – a formerly functional building, on the edge of dereliction and regeneration – held on the cusp of what was and what will be. Into this site the artists have brought together and will present the outcome of a year of creative research, experimentation, and risk – using the space as both a space of presentation, as well as a staging area, and – in some cases – an annex to the studio. Over the duration of the exhibition the space will be filled with experimental sculpture, video, photography, film, installation, sound, painting and drawing and performance. Whilst each artist explores an individual personal creative trajectory, the exhibitors each share an understanding of the imperfectness of the present, and the making present of the imperfect. Themes and the aesthetics of uncertainty, speculation, absence, ambiguity, silence, nostalgia, the temporary, and the liminal flow across and between the works, providing a reflection on the world and ourselves in the present – caught perpetually between the past and the future.
The Present Imperfect show is produced in conjunction with City Lit and we would like to thank Westminster Real Estates Limited for letting use such an incredible venue and for supporting art in the community. The artists would also like to thank the studios of Fiona Banner and the Vanity Press, Matt Calderwood and Cullinhan and Richards for their generosity in sharing their expertise.