James Sirrell, Smap, 2020. Courtesy the artist.
26 - 28 March 2020
Private View 26 March 6:00 to 9:00PM
Performance by Rachel Cheung at 7.30pm
27 March 10am-5pm Curator’s tour at 12pm
28 March 10pm -1pm
“I have made lots of mistakes but I have never been wrong” reflects on the contradictory intentions and sticky nature of creating and participating in larger and smaller creative networks in which one may simultaneously exist in states of precarity and complicity. The show’s title is taken from a post by the Twitter user @GailWalden6, an example of a “shitpost” account, which derive their humour and efficacy from how they relate to the very specific context of the mediated online communication network in which they appear: A simulacrum of society, complete with mores and power dynamics that are naturalised to the point of invisibilty. Shitposters utilise an absurdist, nihilistic, and ironic humour to subvert and expose the operations and functions of social media and their specific discourses.
Please Queue Here’s third group exhibition seeks to extend that lens beyond the online realm to the networks in which artistic expression is conceived, shared, and capitalised in, as an example of the absurdity inherent in navigating a system that one is reliant on and at the same time profoundly critical of.
PQH has invited Rachel Cheung, Héloïse Delègue, Miriam Naeh, Phillip Reeves, and James Sirrell – as the core artist group that the platform has been built with – to engage with this approach and take part in staging a sticky group exhibition to both show their individual practices and to also look at their works in the context of the networks within which we find ourselves enmeshed, wrapped, and ensnared.
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