A year ago, Jotta member Craig Barnes and Dmitri Galitzine were each looking for a way out of London and dreaming of a perfect place to be. Invited to run a contemporary art gallery in rural Herefordshire, they decamped. This exhibition is the artists’ response to the reality of life in a remote village. Utopia is rarely what it seems.
CRAIG BARNES, DMITRI GALITZINE
July 21 – September 16 2012
The exhibition posits the imaginary against the real. Barnes and Galitzine will show new and recent work, as well as some archival pieces. We are invited to travel with the artists as they pass through other lands and times – some near, some distant, but all equally bizarre when you stop to examine them in detail.
A conversation between the artists is suggested throughout in the way work is deployed through the gallery. Pieces by each are often paired so as to provide a commentary or additional dimension to the other’s work. In one instance, they have also imagined themselves into each other’s practice, the work offering an off-kilter interpretation and offering a conclusion to the exhibition, in the form of the question “where to next?”