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ELEVATOR @ Mother presents Magical Thinking

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20 Oct 2007 to 11 Nov 2007
Open Thurs-Sun 12.00-18.00
PV Friday 19th of October, from 6pm
ELEVATOR @ Mother
Queens Yard
White Post Lane, Hackney Wick,
London
E9 5EN
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Artists in this exhibition: Temperatures, Oriana Fox, Nick Hornby, Jon Purnell, Simon Reuben White, Adrian Holme, Pheobe Davies, The Human Separation, MD Williams, Clare Thornton, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Heidi Kilpelainen, Girolamo Marri, Cherie-Marie Veiderveld, Delta Newham, Matt Lippiatt, Vasilis Chamam, Alyce Santoro, Emily Clay, Rebecca Gould, Sharon Wyper, Ingrid Z, Ben Wilson, Michele Souter, Kyle Gregg, Jussi Brightmore, Leslie Barter, Theo Oakheart


Magical Thinking

Curated by Cherie-Marie Veiderveld & Simon Reuben White


PV Friday 19th of October, from 6pm
A very special evening of Performance, installation and sonic exploratition

Temperatures, Oriana Fox, Nick Hornby, Jon Purnell, Simon Reuben White, Adrian Holme, Pheobe Davies, The Human Separation, MD Williams, Clare Thornton


Open to the public from the 20th of October – 11th of November 2007

Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Heidi Kilpelainen, Girolamo Marri, Cherie-Marie Veiderveld, Simon Reuben White, Delta Newham, Matt Lippiatt, Vasilis Chamam, Alyce Santoro, Emily Clay, Rebecca Gould, Sharon Wyper, Ingrid Z, Ben Wilson, Michele Souter, Kyle Gregg, Jussi Brightmore, Leslie Barter, Theo Oakheart

In psychology and cognitive science, magical thinking is described as a non-scientific causal reasoning (e.g. superstition).
Like science, magic is concerned with causal relations, but unlike science, it does not distinguish correlation from causation.

For the exhibition ‘Magical Thinking’ the curators were provoked by these ideas to see them as an analogy of the process of art making and the ‘magical’ power that artist’s imbue their creations with. The artists selected for Magical Thinking share a common interest in the idea of magic as a catalyst to project the unexplainable through their work and as a form of escape to generate the magical.

Vasilis Chamam’s charcoal drawings of smurf like creatures involved in adult vices play on the iconic clichés of the smurf as one of naïve innocence, a state that adults try to reconstruct through the escapism of adult pleasures. The smurf becomes the unobtainable token of youth that each one of us would like to return to. Similarly Emily Clay and Rebecca Gould’s art harbors a fairy tale like quality that attempts to rekindle a lost magical childhood. Delta Newham’s installation of a fairy tale tree swing invites the viewer to engage in a childlike fantasy that would only previously been experienced through stories at bed time.

Chewing gum painter Ben Wilson, performance artist Claire Thornton and sonic experimentalists The Human Separation all make work that finds the most extraordinary ways of breaking the constraints of their chosen medium. Ben Wilson’s canvas is the most common yet regularly ignored and reviled aspect of modern times, the discarded, squashed, chewing gum that adorns every public space and pavement. By placing his intricate and colourfull miniature paintings on these unusual surfaces Wilson creates subliminal vantage points within the social framework of the urban outside that though easily missed, once stumbled upon open up new perspectives.

For Magical Thinking’s launch night of live art, Claire Thornton invites members of the audience to compete against each other via sewing machines. Two sewing machines are placed within the performance area. At the blow of a whistle the machinists are instructed to sew their way through an extensive paper sheet displaying a drawn route of the racetrack, the punctuated dots formed from the needle of the sewing machine create a record of the journey and also a graph of the exciting pursuit of winning not dissimilar to a child’s sports day, the resulting scroll of dotted routes down fictional streets become totem poles in remembrance of the determination of the human ego.

Likewise The Human Separation turn the function of musical instruments on their head, by creating a troop of DIY robot musicians built from everyday objects. These artists are taking the concept of Magical Thinking to see beyond the original function of an everyday object; by intentionally creating a space between instrument and player they give up the role of creator to one of chance. These metallic homunculi become surrogate players in a performance of two halves, that of the builders of the machines and the chance action of their construction.

For some artists in Magical Thinking, identity and fantasy expose a world of concealed narcissism. Pil and Galia Kollectiv, HK119, Girolamo Marri and Cherie-Marie Veiderveld use personal fantasies as a way of conveying the imagined self within a magical landscape, conveying insecurity and power at the same time. For these artists magic becomes the art, which in turn becomes a platform on which further fantasies are built.

ELEVATOR @ Mother, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN. Open Thurs-Sun 12.00-18.00
Tel 0772 419 5479 www.myspace.com/elevatorgallery www.motherstudios.co.uk










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