THE SOUND OF GROWN UP CHILDREN DETERMINED NOT TO BE AFRAID
An exhibition curated by Laura Brady + Benjamin Davies
Craig Atkinson l Ollie Bradley-Baker l Claire Dorsett l Kieran Healy l Michael Lacey
Open - 21st June - 11th August 2017 | Opening event - Tuesday 20th June 2017, 6-8pm
Every time you slice a salami, you take a risk!...why do people think artists are special!? It’s just another job!
ICW presents The Sound of Adult Children Determined Not To Be Afraid; an exhibition about visual art and humour. People rarely laugh in isolation and so humour is first and foremost a social behaviour. Humour can help us to share common experiences and beliefs, providing hope in the knowledge that someone else sees the world in the same way we do. Comedy can also help us to confront anxiety and fear; allowing us to keep going when life is hard. Using a variety of media, the works in this exhibition express an attitude to the world. In most cases, they reject elaborate theories about how the world works in favour of a more concrete, matter of fact reflection of it.
Partly inspired by the kind of naïve doodles made by children, Craig Atkinson’s drawings of various characters are observations of people that exist on the fringes of our community. Atkinson’s drawings allow people to re-consider the banal, daily situations that people might ordinarily take for granted and thus overlook. Also utilising a caricatured style of drawing, Claire Dorsett’s focus lies on the domestic object – the kinds of things that we mentally abandon once a function has been performed. Both in terms of scale and boldness, Dorsett lends things like - hair dryers, face masks, tables and chairs – an importance not usually reserved for such seemingly insignificant things.
Michael Lacey articulates his own dark moods and anxieties via drawings of ‘weird little fictions’. In Lacey’s drawings, the world is reduced to varying degrees of absurdity, with the dark comical quality of his work being both tragic and somewhat melancholic. Kieran Healy's video works utilise humour as a way of satirising our everyday rituals. Healy’s video pieces externalise some of our deeper insecurities – often exacerbated by glossy lifestyle magazines. Humour is used as a method of momentarily releasing the viewer from the oppressive weight of the retail and consumerist message. Ollie Bradley-Baker, on the other hand, works across a variety of media creating whimsical objects that transform everyday, seemingly mundane experiences; a turd made of gold or a fake, hollow rock.