Kate Bright, Peter Davies, Matt Franks, Jun Hasegawa, Jim Lambie, Graham Little, Simon Periton, Eva Rothschild, DJ Simpson, David Thorpe, Gary Webb, Clare Woods.
Tailsliding is a new British Council international touring exhibition, featuring 12 young British artists currently creating eclectic work within the conventions of painting and sculpture, selected by Stephen Hepworth, former curator of the Jerwood Gallery, London.
The highly coloured, large, exuberant works draw imagery from a gamut of high and low populist sources; from the gothic fairy tale to contemporary cartoon imagery, acknowledging historical influences along the way. Through contemporary materials, the artists express a joy of making, often playfully evoking ideas centred on our perception of time and place.
Tailsliding is concerned with the fleeting nature of history. Of what went before, and how these events alter our perceptions of place and self in the present. These concerns are reflected through the exhibition title – a skateboarding term for a difficult trick. Art has many parallels with street culture. Transient in nature, erased, written over and superseded by new styles, new names, new colours. Street graffiti recognises history through the places it is written, the act of writing being both an assertion of an individual and a tribute to those that have gone before. It has its own language. Likewise, Tailsliding demonstrates that the languages of painting and sculpture are far from safe options - that they are capable of taking on an extraordinary new direction in the hands of these young practitioners.
A fully illustrated catalogue with texts by Stephen Hepworth and Colin Ledwith, together with interviews with each of the artists, was published to accompany the exhibition. ISBN 0 86355 486 5; available from Cornerhouse www.cornerhouse.org