Rowing Art Gallery: 'When U Instagram My Dead Body'
Written by: Sophie Taylor
“WHEN U INSTAGRAM MY DEAD BODY, USE WALDEN BUT TAG IT #NOFILTER”
Andy Holden & Steve Roggenbuck
2 September – 5 November 2016
Rowing Gallery are currently showing the latest collaboration between artist and musician, Andy Holden and poet / video artist, Steve Roggenbuck.
A multi-layered installation of sculpture, painting, video and poetry pokes their trademark existential funny finger at modern life.
One liners are scattered throughout the paintings, telegraph poles and in visual puns. ‘This is an advert for the sky’ reads one pole and James Warren’s statement, ‘It would be in the interest of / almost every species on Earth for human beings to die off as soon as possible’ washes over a sickly sweet portrait of a horse.
The pair are ready to turn the mirror back on themselves with failure projects dripping in self awareness and deprecation. Take Holden’s M!MS manifesto painting “It is About the Intense Sadness of Our Unrealistic Dreams…,” 2013, about a failed artistic collective he participated in as a teenager, and Roggenbuck’s video “Make Something Beautiful Before You Die,” 2012.
UK based Holden first collaborated with Roggenbuck at a reading event at The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time (2016) at Wysing Art Centre. The two recently performed with Bedford-based band The Grubby Mitts in an evening of readings, films, comedy and stage performance hosted by the Whitechapel Gallery.
Catch the exhibition at Rowing Gallery, Islington until 5th November
Rowing Gallery, 2 Leswin Place, N16 7NJ
+44 (0)207 690 0011
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