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"British Art Show 6"
2005-09-26 until 2006-01-08
UK United Kingdom
British Art Show 6 will showcase recent work by around 50 artists living and working in Britain today. The exhibition celebrates the inventiveness, vitality and diversity of British art and is presented every five years in different UK cities across the UK. The 2005 selection has been made by curators Andrea Schlieker and Alex Farquharson and will feature a wide range of art forms including painting, sculpture, film, video, installation, photography and Live Art, illustrating the breadth and excellence of current British art-making.
The selection concentrates on artists who have made a significant contribution to British art over the past five years. The exhibition has historically been an important marker of new developments in contemporary art. Many of the artists selected for previous exhibitions at early stages in their careers, including Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley, have gone on to establish reputations internationally.
The British Art Show 6 is organised by the Hayward Gallery as part of its Hayward Gallery Touring programme. Contemporary art is a vital part of the programme, and the biggest and most ambitious event is the British Art Show, a survey of the most significant new work being made in Britain.
“Gordon Cheung describes his other-worldly landscapes as reflections of the 'techno sublime'. They are created from complex combinations of computer-manipulated imagery, acrylic gel, spray paint and Chinese ink drawing, printed onto and applied over a meticulous collage of faded pink newsprint. Endless lists of stock market figures from The Financial Times form the background of his paintings. Against this blank verse of international high finance and global commodities, unsettling visions of cyberspace appear; alien worlds into which viewers find themselves lured like computer game characters. From a distance, the futuristic landscapes present vast, inhospitable expanses. Close to, the images become pixilated and fractured. The futures predicted by the cascades of digits and space invader-type symbols are already ancient history.” - 'Gordon Cheung’, Helen Luckett,
British Art Show 6, Catalogue 2005