THE THINGS OF LIFE

Curated by Pascal Rousson

17 May - 29 June 2013

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The Things of Life investigates the way we experience the ordinary everyday world around us. It explores the notion that what we see and feel is informed by association, memory, mood and much else, so  that  our  waking  lives  often  resemble  a  collage  of  sensations,  a  series  of  flashbacks  and  connections.  Moments  of  extreme  drama can trigger these off (the show takes its title from Claude Sautet's film Les Choses de la Vie in which the key moments in a man's life flash  before  him  as  his  car  crashes).  More  usually  they  come  to  mind unbidden, seemingly from nowhere. The artists in this show use different strategies to  illustrate this mysterious process. Some use found objects, junk or recycled material as a metaphor for the way  the  nondescript  and  marginal  can  suddenly  assume  significance.  Others use art historical reference and appropriation to  illustrate  the  idea  that  the  cultural  artefacts  to  which  we  are  exposed modify our experience of actual life. Humour is evident in the show, as is that sense of dislocation, which is at the very heart of the way in which memory and association work.   

The Things of Life is curated by Pascal Rousson. Rousson is a graduate of L'ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon and L'ecole superieure des beaux-arts, Geneva. Solo exhibitions include: Very Ape, Vegas Gallery, London (2011); Vegas Peep Show, Amsterdam (2010); House of Pain, Vegas Gallery, London (2008); In-Vitro, Geneva (1998); Loco Citato, Liege (1995). Pascal Rousson lives and works in London and is represented by Vegas London.

Artists

  • Alexandre Bianchini
  • Cedric Christie
  • David Fryer
  • DJ Roberts
  • Sylvie Rodriguez
  • Greg Rook
  • Pascal Rousson
  • Jeanne Susplugas
  • Tim Mitchell

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Venue

Kingsland Road

82 Kingsland Road
London  E2 8DP

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