I have made lots of mistakes
but I have never been wrong

“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. PQH has invited Rachel Cheung, Héloïse Delègue, Miriam Naeh, Phillip Reeves, and James Sirrell to participate in this group exhibition and posed the question of how relationships and networks play a role in their works, be it through means of intimate autobiographical references, reflections on societal and personal power relations, and the aesthetics of capitalism. Looking at how the practices of this core artist group that the platform has been built with are anchored in and simultaneously expand and uncover the networks in which artistic expression is conceived, shared, and capitalised on, “I have made lots of mistakes but I have never been wrong” finds the absurdity inherent in navigating a system that one is reliant on and at the same time profoundly critical of.

As many other exhibitions in 2020, “I have made lots of mistakes but I have never been wrong” was originally conceived as a physical real life show. Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis, the artists and PQH have translated this exhibition into an online format. When the show was cancelled, the artists found themselves at different stages in their work process, so that suddenly spread across six different countries (US, UK, Israel, Portugal, France, and Germany), we all tried to consciously engage with the challenges this transition has posed and documented the process in a small archival journal. The online space, which once was only a starting point of research and origin of the show's title, has now become the main means of communication and primary exhibition site.

“I have made lots of mistakes but I have never been wrong” takes shape as a tentative analysis of how all responses are tied together in a gird-network that (as our friend and writer Rafael Powell put it) does neither "have a centre" nor and a boundary like "a garment that continuously loops in amongst itself, like a mobius-strip snood".

RACHEL CHEUNG
HÉLOÏSE DELÈGUE
MIRIAM NAEH
PHILLIP REEVES
JAMES SIRRELL
Curated by Charlotte Knaup
Hosted by Please Queue Here
James Sirrell, SMAP, 2020 Inkjet newsprint on corrugated sheet with felt and clear coat, 140 x 100cm
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals' (Detail), 2020
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals' (Detail), 2020
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals' (Detail), 2020
Phillip Reeves, Cod Piece I, 2020 Oil on Aluminium Dibond 31 x 23cm
Phillip Reeves, Cod Piece II, 2020 Oil on Aluminium Dibond 31 x 23cm
Phillip Reeves, Brutalist Dress (After Stepanova), 2020  Oil and Concrete on Dressmakers Paper 140 x 90cm
Phillip Reeves, Invisible Mending, 2020 Oil on Aluminium Dibond 120 x 160cm
James Sirrell, Gotcha, 2020 Medium format photograph Dimension Variable
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Héloïse Delègue, Bow, boots and bootie, 2020 Ceramic object displayed on painted wooden plate 29 x 40 x 16cm
James Sirrell, Kidneys, 2020 Cotton, felt 120 x 120cm
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Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals', 2020 Wallpaper, found objects, faux fur, glazed ceramics, jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals', 2020 Wallpaper, found objects, faux fur, glazed ceramics, jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, Tall Tales, Tall Tails, 2018 Jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, Tall Tales, Tall Tails, 2018 Jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, Tall Tales, Tall Tails, 2018 Jesmonite Dimensions variable
James Sirrell, Baby Quilt #4, 2020 Cotton, felt, silkette 100 x 100cm
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Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals', 2020 Wallpaper, found objects, faux fur, glazed ceramics, jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals', 2020 Wallpaper, found objects, faux fur, glazed ceramics, jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals', 2020 Wallpaper, found objects, faux fur, glazed ceramics, jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, 'Mammals', 2020 Wallpaper, found objects, faux fur, glazed ceramics, jesmonite Dimensions variable
Miriam Naeh, Tall Tales, Tall Tails (Detail), 2018
Miriam Naeh, Tall Tales, Tall Tails (Detail), 2018
Héloïse Delègue, Grandma's catch with flower and peas, 2020 Ceramic object displayed on painted wood
Phillip Reeves, Green Jockey Silks, 2020 Oil on Dressmakers Paper 80 x 100cm
Phillip Reeves, Frog Legs In Bed, 2020 Oil on Aluminium Dibond 42 x 32cm
Phillip Reeves, 1970's Ladies Golf Outfit, 2020 Oil on Dressmakers Paper Various Sizes
James Sirrell, Drive Like The Wind, 2020 Cyanotype on cotton with automotive paint on pvc 70 x 110cm
Phillip Reeves, White Jockey Silks, 2020 Oil on Dressmakers Paper 80 x 100cm
Phillip Reeves, Black Jockey Silks, 2020 Oil on Dressmakers Paper 80 x 100cm
James Sirrell, Fatsy Sings #2, 2020 Cyanotype on Fabriano 5 paper 100 x 75cm