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Fresh Trauma
24 May 2013  -  29 June 2013

Gabriele Beveridge, Edwin Burdis, Benedict Drew, Angus Fairhurst, Rebecca Lennon, Chooc Ly Tan, Shana Moulton, Heather Phillipson

YOU WRAP YOURSELF IN PLASTIC BECAUSE YOU SAW SOME DOLLS WRAPPED IN PLASTIC IN MEXICO AND YOU ASSOCIATE THIS WITH THE SMELL OF NEW. YOU WALK INTO YOUR LOCAL PARK. YOU WRAP ALL THE TREES IN PLASTIC AND IT STILL DOESN'T SMELL FRESH ENOUGH. We hear tribal drum beats. We are reinterpreting your actions as a strange and exotic local ritual. A DOG APPROACHES AND SHAKES ITS WET FUR AT YOU. YOU EXPERIENCE THIS IN SLOW MOTION. THE SMELL OF WET DOG IS OVERWHELMING AND THIS REMINDS YOU OF THE TIME YOUR SISTER ATE WET DOG SOUP FROM A TAKEAWAY WHEN YOU WERE 12, AT AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT YOU USED TO EAT WOOD CHIP WALLPAPER IN YOUR BEDROOM WHICH HAD AN UNPLEASANT CHALKY TEXTURE. We see a speech bubble with nothing in it and hear the crunching sound of someone biting an ice cube THERE IS NOW A BLUE SPOTLIGHT OVER THE SCENE AND WATER ON THE LENS, LIKE THE CONDENSATION YOU GET ON COLD BEER CANS IN ADVERTS. IT IS STARTING TO GET DARK AND YOU ARE LYING ON THE GRASS, ALONE. THE TREES ARE SQUEAKING AS THEY MOVE FROM SIDE TO SIDE IN THE WIND. THE SCENE IS CINEMATIC, YOU THINK. At this point, our eyes are redirected, momentarily to a dew drop on a leaf nearby. YOU HEAR THE PLASTIC AROUND YOUR MOUTH PULL IN AS YOU BREATHE. YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD YOUR OWN BREATH SO CLOSELY. YOU ARE AT ONE WITH THE PLASTIC. ITS NOISE IS YOUR NOISE. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PLASTIC. YOU HAVE MADE HOLES IN IT TO ENSURE THAT YOU DON’T SUFFOCATE BUT TO ANYONE ELSE YOU COULD BE DEAD. YOU ARE OVERCOME BY A FEELING OF TRANSCENDENCE. We see a woman running through a waterfall. IT STARTS TO RAIN AND THIS ACCENTUATES THE NEW FRESH SMELL OF PLASTIC OVER YOUR FACE. WATER IS COMING IN THROUGH THE HOLES AND FILLING IT UP LIKE A BAG. YOU ARE DROWNING IN FRESHNESS YOU THINK TO YOURSELF. YOU SEE THE BLUE LIGHT FLASHING ON AND OFF ABOVE YOU, THROUGH THE WATER IN YOUR EYES. THE LIGHT BLOWS AND A PLASTIC SHEET FALLS OFF THE TREE. We see people wrapped in plastic dancing in a military pattern to music from singing in the rain with Gene Kelly. The words THE END appear and fade out to black.

Curated by Rebecca Lennon

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Ceri Hand Gallery in partnership with Jerwood Visual Arts presents:

The Everything and Nothing Problem
Tuesday 25 June 6.30 - 9.00pm

Angus H Braithwaite, Olivier Castel, Beth Collar, Chloe Cooper, Mary Hurrell, Rebecca Lennon, Louisa Martin, Francesco Pedraglio

The Everything and Nothing Problem is a unique event featuring live and ephemeral works by London-based artists.

Past and present are collapsed, subjectivities displaced, and site, body and object are transformed in an evening of works which incorporate performative language, costume, disjointed narratives and behaviours, and temporary objects.

The Everything and Nothing Problem was devised by Rebecca Lennon and Louisa Martin, and accompanies the exhibition Fresh Trauma at Ceri Hand Gallery.

All attendees will receive a special Editioned artwork by Rebecca Lennon upon arrival.

6.30pm, performances start at 7pm sharp
JVA at Jerwood Space
171 Union Street,
London SE1 0LN

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

A Ceri Hand Gallery event in partnership with Jerwood Visual Arts. Hosted by Jerwood Space.

For more information about the artists, exhibition or images please contact Hannah Pierce hannah@cerihand.co.uk / 0207 633 0918
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