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A Necessary Stupidity • Gillian Lavery & Mike Barnard

Interlude Gallery invites you to our up and coming exhibition titled A Necessary Stupidity By Gillian Lavery & Mike Barnard. 

Opening Night: Thursday 25 May, 6-8pm
Closing Event: Saturday 3 June, 3-5pm

Gillian is pensive. "Is it stupid?" She's wondering what Kentridge would make of it, the arbitrary starting point, the handing of control over to process, the repudiation of an end point, the insistence on play. Mike hesitates. He thinks of speculation, of labour, of the value of speculative labour. "It's necessary".

This exhibition is the first in a collaborative project between Gillian Lavery and Mike Barnard exploring notions of speculative labour. It takes its title from William Kentridge’s fourth lecture in the series ‘On Drawing’. For Kentridge, our world is populated by emergent forms and ideas that are perpetually ‘becoming’. Making sense of this world requires a certain stupidity: an open-ended “following of impulses … without a destination”. This project draws on Kentridge’s notion of stupidity to explore the value of process-based art-making. This approach to exhibition is evident in recent work by Sally Smart, where in-situ material experimentation guides the development of emergent ideas and opens a space for the delightfully unexpected. But can speculative labour also offer a space to construct our own delightfully emergent (non-art) worlds?

The project will transform the site of the gallery into an exhibition, performance and meeting space. Emphasis is on the gallery as a site of speculative work-in-progress

Proudly sponsored by Poor Toms Gin
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Event starts
Thursday 25 May, 2017
Event Ends
Thursday 25 May, 2017
Interlude Gallery
Venue Address
11/131-145 Glebe Point Rd., Glebe

New South Wales, Sydney

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