Tonight: Private View

Joshua Abelow


Private View tonight 6-9PM


Tonight pop down to Peckham for the opening of Rug Whoops at The Sunday Painter. The exhibition features new works by Joshua Abelow, Ellen Gronemeyer, Stuart Middleton, Alex Rathbone and John Strutton.

The title, Rug Whoops, an anagram of ‘Group Show’ seemed a fitting approach to frame an exhibition of works by these five different artists. The serious anagrammatist seeks out anagrams that after the rearrangement of letters, still pertains a hint or a link to the original words, to lift a few from an online hall of fame: Slot Machine = Cash Lost in’em, Snooze Alarms = Alas! No More Z’s or the disturbingly poetic Desperation = A rope ends it. The vast majority of anagrams produced however are garbled, and appear cryptic.

Within the artist’s work there is a personal, habitual logic at play that underpins and fuels the work and in a similar way to the anagram it is produced, yet partially concealed through these individual processes, the viewer left with the aftermath. Ritual and impulse seeps through the practices with rawness in both content and approach – ephemeral clutter and dumb characters are strewed across different surfaces: walls, canvas, drumskins, guitars, a laptop and a leather jacket.

Open until 26th May 2014 – The Sunday Painter, first floor, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL


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