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"Take It Further Part 2"
2005-09-16 until 2005-10-15
Andrew Mummery Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

Furthur was the original name of the "magical mystery tour" bus, used by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters; the ones who started the entire psychedelic movement. The 1970s have been mythologized in a number of ways and constantly represented as an endless source of alternative imagerie. After more than 30 years, what is the legacy of this grand transformation, and why is this aesthetic still so affective? TAKE IT FURTHUR! is the dynamic synthesis of increasingly subversive attitudes by a young generation of artists exploring the tension between aesthetic sensibilities and a darkening global vision. The project - developed in two distinct, exhibitions provides a setting to express their idiosyncratic voices freely as they investigate a creeping uneasiness in the Western society.

"I make out a school bus ... glowing orange, green, magenta, lavender, chlorine blue, every fluorescent pastel imaginable in thousands of designs, both large and small, like a cross between Fernand Leger and Dr. Strange, roaring together and vibrating off each other as if somebody had given Hieronymous Bosch fifty buckets of Day-Glo paint and a 1939 International Harvester school bus and told him to go to it." (Ken Kesey)

The artists included in TAKE IT FURTHUR! try to oppose the present-day economic and cultural amorphousness as well as the mass cultural industry, through the strong reassertion of the ideas of personal development, individual inner accomplishment, cultivation of complementary identities, but also through social and political responsibility.

Artists included int he exhibition are: Shannon Bool, Tobias Buche, Jedediah Caesar, Alessandro Ceresoli, Aleana Egan, Christian Frosi, Sean Landers, Ellen Munro, Karen Russo, Jordan Wolfson.

Andrew Mummery Gallery and Gyonata Bonvicini would like to thank Artprojx for their support in this project.

IMAGE
Jedediah Caesar
1,000,000 A.D.
2004
Detail.
Mixed media.
Collection of Craig Robins, Miami Beach, Florida.


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