NEW SHOW: When Shall We Set Sail for Happiness? opens 21st July

I have a new exhibition – When Shall We Set Sail for Happiness? – with Dmitri Galitzine opening at Down Stairs, Herefordshire, in a couple of weeks time. If you fancy making the trip or are passing through this part of the world, the Opening Reception is on Saturday 21st July from 6 – 8pm at which all are welcome. It then runs until 16th September. Let me know if you plan on coming by as it would be lovely to see you. More information follows.

When Shall We Set Sail for Happiness?
Craig Barnes, Dmitri Galitzine
July 21 – September 16 2012

‘Anywhere! Anywhere! So long as it is out of this world!’
Charles Baudelaire

What happens when you are given the opportunity to fulfill your dreams? A year ago, artists Craig Barnes and Dmitri Galitzine were each looking for a way out of London and dreaming of a perfect place to be. Invited to create and curate a contemporary art gallery in rural Herefordshire, they decamped.

When Shall We Set Sail For Happiness? is the artists’ response to the reality of life in a remote village and an ironic take on Baudelaire’s tale of disillusion. Utopia is rarely what it seems.
The exhibition posits the imaginary against the real. Barnes and Galitzine will show new and recent work, as well as some archival pieces. We are invited to travel with the artists as they pass through other lands and times – some near, some distant, but all equally bizarre when you stop to examine them in detail.

A conversation between the artists is suggested throughout in the way work is deployed through the gallery. Pieces by each are often paired so as to provide a commentary or additional dimension to the other’s work. In one instance, they have also imagined themselves into each other’s practice, the work offering an off-kilter interpretation and offering a conclusion to the exhibition, in the form of the question “where to next?”

A publication to accompany the exhibition will consist of a set of 12 postcards.

Opening Reception Saturday 21st July 6 – 8pm.

DOWN STAIRS AT GREAT BRAMPTON HOUSE
MADLEY, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR2 9NA
Friday-Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment
www.downstairsgallery.co.uk
01981 251 094
office@downstairsgallery.co.uk

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