press release

A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last

Opening 11 September 6pm to 8pm

The City Gallery, Leicester is delighted to announce that between 12 September and 29 October this year it will present A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last. This project will bring together for the first time at The City Gallery internationally recognised practitioners Matti Braun, Spartacus Chetwynd, Mike Nelson, Lothar Hempel, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan and Cathy Wilkes. The gallery is extremely pleased that many of these artists will present newly commissioned work, or work not previously seen in the UK, in a show that will attempt to define an emerging tendency in contemporary art practice. Through an engagement with what might be described as performative elements or staged tableaux, these artists have changed the status of the sculptural object in their practice creating works that are imbued with a theatrical status to become 'prop objects'.

Shamelessly appropriating its title from a Mike Kelley performance work from the 1980s, the project makes a nod towards Kelley's description of the self-governing ordering system at play in the objects that appear in his practice. A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last aims to describe how a younger generation of artists are making a shift from the production of discrete, autonomous objects occupied with purely spatial or formal concerns, to producing objects that can be seen to function as props, often with the capacity to establish through the presence of the audience their own systems, structures and suggested narratives.

The show will present a variety of approaches to the prop object; some stand in for complex systems of rhetoric, others make direct reference to the language of performance and dance, while several are the props in a private theatre the exact narrative of which may never be fully revealed to the viewer. Many of the objects presented have been used in, or are the residue of earlier performance works, others could be seen as detritus specifically arranged. A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last will present three newly commissioned, large-scale works by Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan around which a range of other sculptural works, photographs,paintings, costumes and sets will gather.

Curated by Kirsty Ogg

Matti Braun, Spartacus Chetwynd, Mike Nelson, Lothar Hempel, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan and Cathy Wilkes

A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last
Kurator: Kirsty Ogg

Künstler: Matti Braun, Spartacus Chetwynd, Mike Nelson, Lothar Hempel, Joanne Tatham & Tom O´Sullivan, Cathy Wilkes