From the 30th of September Manhattan Loft Corporation will house works from several contemporary artists from the UK, Turkey and worldwide.
Curated by Burcu Yüksel & Huma Kabakcı, Artkurio and Open Space Contemporary are pleased to announce All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Burnt..., an exhibition that challenges the concepts of consumption, materiality, and object-hood in light of today’s contemporary environment.
In the age of Globalisation, once described as the latest name for imperialism by Clifford McLucas, the world has changed dramatically and rapidly, affecting economic, social, political and cultural aspects of life, which have brought not only opportunities but also challenges. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin states that the mass reproduction of art has a consequence on the “aura” of the art itself. In other terms, the existence of an artwork in time and space gradually loses its function as an individual unit by means of reproduction. All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Burnt... will focus on the reinterpretation of materiality and the context it plays in the 21st century, featuring emerging artists that work across disciplines such as installation, painting, sculpture, video, stitching and works on paper.
The use of materiality, value, use of consumption and acquisition of goods play a significant role in the exhibition, which acts as a social commentary on the contemporary art market, mass production and fabrication of artworks, and further explores the materiality used in relation to the value of the object. In this context, the idea of belonging and ownership also plays an important role when relating to status and self-identity. The artists included in the exhibition centrally explore and critique these concepts with a multifaceted approach, often featuring sites of consumption, acquisition of goods and tracing the histories of objects in their work.
Works from Patrick Hough, Ahmet Civelek, Güneş Terkol, Rebecca Ward, Rafal Zajko, and Meriç Algün Ringborg will be on display from the 30th of September until the 13th of October at the Manhattan Loft Corporation, 65 Hopton St, London, SE1 9JL.
Find out more about the exhibition online now.