Coming soon to the Collyer Bristow Gallery - Complicity: Artifice and Illusion

18 Feb 2016

Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TF
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Exhibition 3 March - 7 June 2016

Private View: Wednesday 2 March 2016 6-8pm
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Hermione Allsopp, Sasha Bowles, Guy Bigland, Mel Brimfield, Alastair Gordon, Andrew Grassie, Justin Hibbs, Debbie Lawson, Peter Liversidge, Gibson Martelli, Helen Maurer, Damien Meade, Marion Michell, Clare Mitten, John Richert, Joella Wheatley and Virginia Verran

Collyer Bristow presents Complicity: Artifice and Illusion, Curated by Rosalind Davis; Zeitgeist Arts Projects

"The question is not what you look at but what you see." Henry David Thoreau

Complicity is an exhibition examining the relationship between illusion and artifice in art. It looks at the inevitable complicity between audience and artist, both integral to the game of viewing an artwork. Forging, faking, imitating, camouflaging and counterfeiting are all accepted as valid tools of the artistic process, used to create new ways of looking at the world; subverting space and place, objects, identity and image and re-imagining and questioning our perceptions of reality in unexpected or subversive ways.

In the context of art and its reception, the viewer, from the very outset, plays an integral role in the complicit act of accepting an art object's artifice and illusion; suspending reality and disbelief. Artist and audience share a conscious desire to engage in holding the differences between art object and reality in mind simultaneously and so knowingly acknowledge the game of complicity.

"Art is a lie that makes you realise the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies." Picasso

Editors notes:

For more information on the artists or specific works in this exhibition please contact the curator Rosalind Davis, Zeitgeist Arts Projects. Tel: 07813 076 251 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Press enquiries:

Darren Butt, Business Development Manager, Collyer Bristow LLP
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To visit the exhibition, please call reception at Collyer Bristow in advance:
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Collyer Bristow Gallery is a bespoke gallery space with a dynamic exhibition programme. Collyer Bristow LLP is a leading UK law firm with offices in London and Geneva. The firm provides business and personal legal advice to a wide range of clients both in the UK and internationally. Collyer Bristow has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for nearly twenty years.

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