waterside contemporary is committed to developing an ambitious and vibrant multidisciplinary and cross-generational programme. Representing a portfolio of UK and international artists, the gallery brings institutional-quality exhibitions to London art audiences and market and supports the artists through curatorial projects and international art fairs.
d’Alancaisez and Ovenden share an interest in determined and engaged art practices. An international commitment allows the gallery to foreground current and historical overseas debates in a London context.
The gallery’s programme and projects encompass practices that pertain to and stem from political periphery, for example those of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler or Ştefan Constantinescu. In parallel, the gallery engages with conceptually-driven work of mid-career European and UK artists including George Barber and Karim Noureldin.
In a series of group and solo exhibitions, waterside contemporary has worked with artists including Hreinn Fri∂finnsson, Anna Ostoya, Damien Roach, A K Dolven, Anita di Bianco, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Ernesto Salmerón, Amikam Toren and Graham Hudson.
The gallery works closely with its artists on developing projects in London and abroad, with large-scale publishing interventions by Javier Rodriguez and Marcin Dudek’s installation projects examples of an evolving international line-up.
Wed - Sat 12.00-18.00
Blood for Light
- 2 June — 6 August 2016
waterside contemporary is pleased to present Blood For Light, an exhibition by Nastivicious.
Blood For Light brings together a cycle of video installations in which fast-paced visuals and music are narrated in lucid and precise language by a voice that is at points poet, seducer, prophet, and agitator.
With experience in the broadcast industry, pop music and performance, Nastivicious (who describe themselves as a “productive unit committed to creating good work”) are proficient in manipulating and distributing ‘content’. An on-the-fly quality, broad references and stroboscopic attention spans are at once tools and subjects of interrogation.
In a high-energy karaoke, The Overture sets out terms under which the family of man battles with its conscience and instincts, it both denounces and pays tribute to human folly. In South, a collage of iconic moments of recent art history, the art world itself is an example of a failing solipsism: obsessed with commercial relevance and lacking penetrating engagement despite the appearance of complexity (just what precisely is a ‘global context’?).
Far from seeking shelter in pluralism, the artists reject the comfort of easy questions and tidy answers, and their irreverent disruption is in stark defiance to the well-meaning and earnest criticality that is failing to generate ideas adequate for here and now. “To survive, we have to move onto solid foods;” an explicit affirmation comes in Fuck Identity, a set of enticements in the form of bodily fluids. This alluring invitation to foreground tangible experience highlights the redemptive potential of the most base of our instincts: blood and tears, love, joy, pleasure and beauty all roll together.
Nastivicious are Nástio Mosquito and Vic Pereiró who have collaborated in a variety of forms since 2010. Their recent exhibitions and performances include: METANEO, Espai d’art contemporani de Castello, 2016; Daily Lovemaking, Venice Biennale and Ikon Birmingham; Göteborg Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2015; …all silent but for the buzzing…, RCA London, 2014; 9 Artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2013.
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