The revolutionary Future appears increasingly implausible to most of us, but neither can we simply get rid of it. As a result, it seems to collapse into the present... Genuine knowledge of this Future is impossible, but it is only from the perspective of this unknowable Outside that any real knowledge of the present is possible. The Future has become our Dreamtime. (David Graeber)
Today, throughout the world, the organization of movements, groups and collectives abound in the face of political, social and economic uncertainty. The social experience in the forging of a movement, of a utopian thrust, is animated and problematized by such contingent processes as improvisation and speculation. These inherently social activities suspend and navigate normative procedures of judgement, decision-making and valuation by rejecting established modes of governance in favour of localized heuristic processes. The exhibition, ‘The Ghost of a Movement’, produces a space in which the generative and indeterminate processes of developing emergent forms of experience and sociability beyond the dominant order can be considered in relation to collective deliberation, speculative inquiry and the political valence of science fiction as well as immanent perceptual and conceptual gestalts.
Eddie Villanueva’s often large-scale installations and paintings are investigations of ‘site’ as a place that contains simultaneously existing human histories, some hidden or only evident by trace fragments. For Villanueva, not only are sites compilations of worn surfaces, but collections of varied and at times conflicting intentions. They do not necessarily follow a linear progression of development, and their forms and histories are continuously erased and re-written.
Eddie Villanueva (b.1983, Milwaukee) received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (2005), and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison (2012). His work was featured in SCOPE, Miami (2012); Global Positioning System, the School of Visual Arts, NYC (2012); North American Graduate Art Survey, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis (2011), and the Wisconsin Triennial, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (2010). He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant (2012).
We will be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea, 6-10 March 2013 and would like to invite you to come visit us there! We will be showing works by Ernesto Canovas, Jess Littlewood, Mercedes Baliarda, Edd Pearman, Sandra Erbacher, Jessica Nina Mello, Julia Bailey, Vasilis Avramidis, Patrick Milsom and Margo Trushina. The Contemporary London will be situated at stand F3, conveniently located between the central Champagne Bar and cafe! As always a selection of our artists will be around to answer questions and have a chat so please do pop in and say hello and we look forward to seeing you there!
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