A world of historical fog, political haze and societal mist. Where does control lie in this world of contemporary ritual and repression? 1963 Gallery is taking over East London’s 5th Base Gallery from 13th – 20th April 2017 to mark the beginning of a new chapter with Victims of Circumstance , a solo exhibition featuring an unseen and brand new body of work by artist Wasp Elder.
Wasp Elder paints canvases populated by enigmatic souls and unstressed backgrounds, enticing a sentiment of an obscure journey — his drawings, paintings and films present an evocative combination of solitary figures, collaged scenes, closeups, obscured features, and potential catastrophe.
Set at tension by external forces, these silent outsiders set on a theatrical staging are at once perpetrators and victims of unclear disasters. Revealed through a collage of found images and painterly composition, each painting marks a moment that is ambiguously both cause and consequence and invites the viewer to imbue each still, tense scene with context.
Following the departure from their first permanent space in Dalston, 1963 Gallery will be taking over different spaces across London in the coming months to pursue the original vision of being a constantly moving gallery.
“This exhibition marks the start of a brand new chapter for us,” 1963 Gallery Curator Ema Marinova says. “We are extremely proud to begin this journey with an artist as talented as Wasp Elder.”
Victims of Circumstance opens on Thursday 13th April 2017 from 6pm 9pm at 5th Base Gallery (23 Heneage Street, E1 5LJ) and will run until 20th April 2017 . Admission is free.