press release

Antarctica stands for a place of an emotional and psychological value, beautiful and removed.

Antarctica aims to explore an aesthetic and emotional impact of work that is most often described by its intellectual premise. The range decided upon came from the work of a number of young artists, that of a divorced or removed emotional tonal quality. The works in ‘Antarctica’ are set back from, and yet obsessed by their subjects. The works are often highly aesthetic, but without ever allowing the viewer to engage with them only on that level. Beauty, and the apparent emptiness presented by it, here becomes a truly disturbing experience. Disturbing because the viewer is implicit, beauty relates to desire, and, as always, desire complicates.

Lolly Batty’s matt white sculptures seem to have rolled into the gallery from the beautifully precise mind of a computer guided machine, but these mathematical forms are all painstakingly hand made by the artist. Batty’s geometrically complex works explore a territory between the aesthetic and intellectual.

Isabel Chacón exhibits ‘Covent Garden 12.32 - 12.37’, a video of people passing the camera in Covent Garden with the artist’s overlaid voice describing their actions. ‘Covent Garden...’ is a simple, humorous and effective take on our sense of free will that has never been exhibited before in the UK.

Dan Holdsworth is a young British photographer who came to international attention with photographs of empty shopping centres, motorways and the Arianne rocket base. For Antarctica Holdsworth is showing two large scale new works ‘The World in Itself’ that form part of a new series taken in the deserts of Iceland. Holdsworth has recently exhibited as part of Beck’s Futures 2, ICA, London and will exhibit a solo project at the Barbican Gallery, London in September.

Kit Lawrence presents drawings of woodland scenes in dayglow colours. These detailed studies of fictional landscapes simultaneously push the viewer away with their hard to read lines and seduce with the opulent detail of the surface.

Alan Michael creates obsessive and sexually charged drawings and paintings that layer reference points and styles. This will be Michael’s first exhibition in London having developed a strong reputation in Scotland for his exhibitions in Tramway, Transmission and CCA.

João Onofre is a young video artist based in Lisbon who graduated from Goldsmiths in 1999. Onofre’s formally simple video works explore our relationships, both with our presentation of a physical presence and that physical presence in relation to other people. Onofre recently exhibited at Tate Modern as part of the Performing Bodies video nights and is showing in the Venice Biennial, 2001.

Edgar Schmitz is an artist, writer and academic based in London who, in 2000, was asked to create a one-minute video for Belgian TV. The resulting work is a simple video close-up portrait of the world’s only albino ape in captivity. The work is an intelligent, beautiful and iconic study of isolation and humanity.

DJ Simpson uses an electric router tool to gouge lines and shapes in monochrome or mirrored panels of plywood or MDF. These highly original works examine ideas of painting and mark making, playing a balance between the panel’s surface, the scarred marks and the pure physicality of works. Simpson has exhibited recently as part of Beck’s Future’s 2, ICA, London and New Labour, Saatchi Gallery, London


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mit Lolly Batty, Isabel Chacon, Dan Holdsworth, Kit Lawrence, Alan Michael, Joao Onofre, Edgar Schmitz, DJ Simpson