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g39 presents S Mark Gubb: Revelations: The Poison of Free Thought Part II. Mike Kelley: Mobile Homestead.

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Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, 2010-11 The Artangel Collection


Artists in this exhibition: S Mark Gubb, Mike Kelley


Revelations: The Poison of Free Thought Part II sees S Mark Gubb create an iconic sculpture within g39’s warehouse space during Cardiff Contemporary. The new work has been commissioned by g39 and Artangel and is shown alongside the influential films Mobile Homestead, 2010-11 by Mike Kelley (courtesy of The Artangel Collection).Gubb’s installation picks away at the shiny veneer of ‘white picket fence’ American suburbia to expose a twisted, underbelly reality that evokes a dystopian 80’s sci-fi horror movie.

Revelations: The Poison of Free Thought Part II resembles a shanty fairground that blends, shifts and re-appropriates vivid imagery from historical moments in politics, science and culture. Gubb’s warped sculptural record of these ideological events highlight what once may have been a good intention by the powers that created them, is now opposed by the horrific historical facts that followed.

Revelations: The Poison of Free Thought Part I are reimagined religious robes on display made of denim fabric and carefully placed patches which are influenced by biker subculture paraphernalia that depict plans of Levittown social housing projects built for Americans after WWII, later found out to have a sinister set of prejudiced policies.Gubb leads us through his personal re-evaluation of the past to provoke us to consider our contribution to the world we live in now.

“Revelations: The Poison of Free Thought Prt I and II might be a monument to where the world is headed, or an acknowledgement of where we've been. The road to Hell is unquestionably paved with good intentions. And the poison of free thought.”

The new commission by Gubb is influenced by Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead; a public sculpture commissioned by Artangel that was specifically for Kelley’s hometown in Detroit - a full sized replica of his ranch-style house in which he grew up. The work was designed to move around and be a place to house a variety of community activities and later be a permanent space in Detroit with a hidden basement of tunnels to provide space for secret subculture meetings.
Alongside Revelations: The Poison of Free Thought Part I & II g39 is exhibiting three-part documentary Mobile Homestead 2010-11 that Kelley completed just before he died. It depicts Mobile Homestead en route through Detroit neighborhoods that trace a remarkable variety of both urban and outlying areas, making apparent the socio-economic disparities among the communities through which Mobile Homestead passed. Along the way, interviews were conducted with shop owners and residents, including a motorcycle gang, strip-club dancers and church officials. These films show Kelley casting a deep critical eye on this American city that he knew so well.

G39 has collaborated with Artangel to offer S Mark Gubb’s this opportunity. This commission builds on Artangel’s ethos to ‘take risks’ and show support to artist led practice in Wales and in the context of exhibiting important collection works in new ways.

The exhibition is part of a multifaceted project by Gubb, all under the umbrella title of Revelations, including a major solo-show happening concurrently at SYSON Gallery, START Art Fair, a roadside billboard on an American interstate. Revelations will be accompanied by a new publication designed by Landfill Editions and Blue Firth featuring essays by Jonathan Griffin, Ellen Mara De Wachter, Jennie Syson and an interview by Ross Sinclair, as well as comprehensive footnotes by the artist.


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