REYNIR HUTBER & TOBY HUDDLESTONE
4 June 2010 - 18 July 2010
'To appear to have done something can be more significant than having actually done it'
Two movements dominated artistic development during the 1960s and 1970s: Performance and Conceptual art.
Like many art movement terms these are not used to describe a cohesive group of artists who consciously saw themselves as a 'movement' but rather two noticeable trends in artistic thought and production that emerged simultaneously during the 1960s, continued into the 1970s and can still be seen influencing many younger emerging artists today with their constantly evolving practices.
R O O M is pleased to present two artists, Reynir Hutber and Toby Huddlestone, who have been influenced by these critical ideas.
Reynir Hutber's multidisciplinary projects explore concerns commonly associated with Seventies' performance practice. Notions such as endurance, transcendence and transgression are re-examined through the lens of an era in which the authenticity of a visual document is increasingly hard to verify and appearances are effectively everything. Hutber seeks, as in the most infamous works of artists such as Chris Burden and Marina Abramović, to pursue risk and to engage his audience in an ethical and aesthetic experiment. Rather than focus on the production of objects, he stages open-ended scenarios whose implications are ultimately determined by the audience's response and interaction.
Toby Huddlestone explores boundaries and hierarchies, using humour to question the passive consumption of cultural norms. The ongoing 'Actions in Galleries' series shows footage and stills of the artist walking around or near iconic works of art by artists such as Donald Judd, Paul McCarthy and Rodney Graham. With a playful gesture, Huddlestone undermines the artworks' aura and repositions them within the commonplace - joyfully jolting us from passive acceptance whilst toying with postmodernism's hierarchical obsessions.
Opening Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00