The Royal Art Lodge
THE ROYAL ART LODGE
12 September - 25 October 2008
Private View Friday 12 September, 6.30-8.30pm
The ROYAL ART LODGE come to the UK this Autumn with a solo exhibition at the LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL at the Bluecoat Arts Centre running concurrently with a solo show in London at PIPPY HOULDSWORTH. At last the British public will have the opportunity to see what Art Lodge fans in the US and Europe have been captivated by.
The ROYAL ART LODGE, the art collective from Winnipeg, comprising Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier, have amassed a cult following with it's paintings enthralling art collectors and critics worldwide.
The collective convenes to create collaborative works which appear as intimate jokes whispered amongst friends and as familiar as the advertisements, book illustrations and comics of our childhood. Playfulness flows through the work as a social and creative process; however this does not detract from its power, tragedy and beauty. A style, immersed in a comic tradition, emerges which is particular and yet through multi-layered voices defies simple categorisation.
The Royal Art Lodge's new paintings, each tiny in scale, operate as hybrid forms of a collective psyche. Still dominated by poignant figures, both human and animal, the Lodge's paintings pull the individual artist away from their own persona towards a collective place that takes on an aesthetic of its own. Each small work offers a vignette of poetic absurdity, underpinned with the logic of a distinctive humour and outlook. What is achieved is a pure moment of artistic freethinking, using dichotomous relationships, such as play and violence, detail and abstraction, to create a narrative that mimics the ludicrous texture of real life.
The Royal Art Lodge's successful touring show Ask the Dust in 2004 travelled from The Drawing Center, New York to the Power Plant, Toronto, De Vleeshal, The Netherlands and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The Royal Art Lodge have also exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and most recently the Centre for Contemporary Art, Burgos, Spain.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth with a foreword by The Royal Art Lodge, an interview with David Shrigley and an essay by Morgan Falconer.
For further information and images please contact Charlotte Perman or Pippy Houldsworth on +44 (0)20 8069 6166 or email.
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