Thursday, 10 April 2008

Dan Mort

Dan Mort has described his work as 'possible sculpture'. Fusing disparate items, materials and production techniques, his pieces often reference familiar modernist strategies that are thrown of balance by the inclusion of unexplained elements. His interest in physicalist philosophophy and also hermeneutics feed into the work - sheer materiality and a sense of the arbitrary play against the works' potential as signifiers, frustrating the viewer's reading process and confusing terms of value and distinction. 

His practice asks whether determined viewing conditions inevitably force the assignation of contextual or symbolic resonance - or if the resulting work could infact be understood as nothing more than stuff, arranged in vacuous, quasi-aesthetic configurations. The pieces hover ambiguously between purposefullness and a pervading threat of implosion; between potential for an emergent 'meaning', and parodic absurdity - in this way the work offers numerous routes in, but often no comprehensible way out. 





100 Perfomances for the Hole, Garage Biennial, San Francisco


Collectif 2007 Group Exhibition, L'Espace 72, Dison, Belgium

Loner's Island, G39, Cardiff

Circle of the Tyrants, Southwell Artspace

A Glass of Broccoli, Terrace Gallery, London

Obstacle – New UK Sculpture (curator), Spectacle Gallery, Birmingham



Year 06 Projects Art Fair, Mary Ward House, London

Antony Hall, Dan Mort and Andrew Palmer, MOOT Gallery, Nottingham

Rag and Bone, Three Colts Gallery, London

Contained Happening, International Project Space, Birmingham

Solo Exhibition, L’Espace 72, Dison, Belgium



On What There Is (curator), Spectacle Gallery, Birmingham

Parlour, House Gallery, London



Unrealised Projects, 1 000 000mph, London/Le Roy Nieman Gallery, New York

MA Exhibition, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester



Four by Four, Chapman Gallery, Manchester



Goldsmiths Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, London



Welcome to the Laundry, Prenelle Gallery, London



AHRB Postgraduate Bursary 2003/04



MA Fine Art

MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University 2003-2004

BA Fine Art

Goldsmiths College 1999-2002



a-n reviews unedited (web), Obstacle, April 2007

Arty review, On What There Is, August/September 2005

a-n magazine review, On What There Is, October 2005

Flux News, Belgium, January 2006



Adam Cohen, New York

Claude Delguerre, Geneva

Greg Cox, London

Caroline Thomson

A sense of absence and loss is the unifying theme of Caroline Thomson’s work, often depicting what is no longer there, as is the case in the missing birds series, a group of paintings which express the sense of unease engendered by the decline in wild birds. Or the paintings that draw on images of suburban domesticity, that are embedded with a sense of loneliness. The minutiae of daily life becoming loaded with regret and foreboding.

 Her most recent paintings however depict woodland scenes as if stumbled across. These paintings initially set out to explore the allegorical nature of the forest as a place of retreat or sanctuary, a hiding place in times of trouble or threat. Working from personal snapshots of woodland walks, the images exploit the filmic slippages inherent within photography imbuing the paintings with a sense of false mystery. Scale and place are not necessarily apparent. These images of enclosure and escape seek to offer a sense of possibility, freedom and relief from the failings of modern life but in turn suggest a counter sense of displacement and uncertainty innate in these strange worlds.



Chelsea College of Art and Design MA- Fine Art 2003

Chelsea College of Art and Design Postgraduate Diploma - Fine Art 2002

Kingston University BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting 1998

Group Shows

Artsway07, Group Exhibition, Artsway, New Forest, 2007. 

Salon 07 , Seven Seven Gallery, London 2007

Artsway06 , Artsway, Sway, London 2006

Future First History Last, The Residence, London 2005

The Housewarming , The Residence, London 2003

A Walk in the Woods , House Project Space, London 2002

Showcase 2 , The London Institute, London 2001

Schism , Pelican House, Camberwell Artsweek, London 2001

A.I.R , Hortensia Gallery, London 2000

Awards and Residencies

2003 Shortlisted for Red Mansion Prize

2000-01 Artist in Residence, Kensington & Chelsea College, London

Lorin Davies

Lorin Davies is showing new work from an ongoing series entitled 'Mission Creep'. The work explores the tension between the pleasures of escapism and the demands of conscience.

Education & Qualifications

MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College 2002

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Staffordshire University 1995


Selected Exhibitions


Zoo Art Fair, London  NW1, 13- 15/10/06

Metropolis Rise: New Art From London

Shanghai , Beijing,  13/04/06- 14/05/06

Rub out the Word

d.u.m.b.o. Arts Centre, New York 14/10/05-16/10/05

Coalesce: The Remix

Redux, London E1, 13/05/05 – 06/06/05

Revenge of Romance

temporarycontemporary, London SE4, 22/09/04 – 16/10/04

Something Is Already Happening

Rosie Wilde, London EC1, 08/04/04 - 02/05/04

Misty In Roots

fly, Glasgow, Scotland, December 1999

Counting Sheep

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Scotland, October 1999


BoBo’s, London SE5; January 1999


As part of Nosferattitude:


Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, Wales, October 07/10/05 – 28/10/05

FleaMarket II

temporarycontemporary, London SE8, 09/04/05 – 10/04/05


temporarycontemporary, London SE8, 01/06/04 – 09/06/04


As part of Nth Art:

Nth Architecture

M2 Gallery, London SE15, 19/09/04 – 06/11/04

Nth Social

The Foundry, London EC1 15/01/04

Nth 001
OLS&CO, London N5, 17/10/03/ - 02/11/03