Private view: 29 September 7- 9 pm
Cortex Athletico is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the British artist Charles Mason comprising seven pieces. These new works draw the viewer into a subtle game of recognition hovering somewhere between the playful and unnerving.
We move from known things, or at least from things we recognize, to that which cannot be recognized because we lack objective categories to classify what is perceived. All the scenarios that can be projected on to the surface of the sculpture emerge from this gap between the known and the unclassifiable. The scenarios resemble old stories, domestic myths, but are so altered that we can no longer identify them as such.
The use of language, moreover, complicates this game of recognition, causing fluctuation in identity: Rocker (referring to heavy music, long-haired bikers in leathers, but also to the rocking chair), Crutch (turning the back of a chair into an orthopaedic support), Hung up (II) ('hanging' having the double sense of 'suspended', and of a love fixation), and Stay (in the imperative, but also the act of sustaining, supporting, strengthening, both physically and morally). Mason's titles often play with double or triple meanings, so that language confronts form in such a way as to accentuate the polysemic hijacking of familiar objects.
The work is an interplay between the categories and the properties of things taking place in a space where meaning is fluid, and where the intention, in the words of the artist, is 'to achieve a certain slippage, so that the new works can exist somewhere between the categories of things and the properties of things, emancipated from their superficial concrete meaning'. Mason's work deals with the representation of the self presented, as it were, on a theatre of inter-subjectivity. It presents us with the practical problem -- how to hold on to one's sense of oneself given that identity is necessarily a fragile arrangement of social conventions, a compromise negotiated within the recesses of the psyche?
Notes to Editors:
The exhibition is accompanied by a new text by Guillaume Condello.
Charles Mason (b.1962) Lives and works in London: Studied at the Slade School of Art and was the Rome Scholar in Sculpture at the British School at Rome in 1997- 98. This is his fourth solo exhibition with Cortex Athletico. Current exhibitions include MANUFACTURE 2, Michael Beutler, Dewar & Gicquel, Ida Ekblad, Hedwig Houben, Emmanuelle Lainé, Charles Mason at the Hansard Gallery, Southampton, My Friend & I, Feiko Beckers, Milouskha Bokma, Claire Harvey, Judith van Ijken, Arthur Kleinjan, Charles Mason, Julianne Swartz - 24 September 2011 - 16 January 2012 at 21rozendaal, Enschede, Netherlands, Recent exhibitions include Structure and Other Anxieties 2010 and Backsliding 2010, simultaneous solo exhibitions at Union Gallery and Nettie Horn Galley London