8 October - 7 November 2015
Private View: 7 October, 6.30-9pm
The Contemporary London
Space W10, 591-593 Harrow Road, London W10 4RA
The Contemporary London presents Modern Mythology, new works by Lindsey Bull, Adam Dix and Jess Littlewood that draw on a rich lexicon of imagery to explore our understanding of the world and the constructed belief systems used to navigate it. Drawing on resources from folklore, cult, witchcraft, religion, sci-fi and the occult, the central themes of each include motifs of ritual, religion and mysticism that culminate in a private and mysterious, ethereal and haunting mythology that transcends and overlaps their collective worlds.
Adam Dix explores modern manifestations of illusion, apparition or figments of the imagination and spiritual and electrical manifestations of the subconscious. Drawing inspiration from events such as séances and the birth of the telegraph, where the knockings of spiritual awareness replicate the electrical intermittent pulses of the telegraph operator’s action, Dix brings together technology and spiritual superstition. Our contemporary apparition is the digital image, an illusion presented by a veil of pixels which once examined is hazy, unfocused and non-tangible; an electrical spirit, a digital apparition. Through the thin layering of paint glazes, Dix’s painting process metaphors the shallow illusion of the digital screen and is an analogy to the surface character of a printed material. As such Dix’s works speak about communication, society, and our relationship with the constructed image.
Dix, Littlewood and Bull, each with their own distinctive voice, articulate and explore a circulation of connectivity. Submerged in mysticism and a sense of the transcendental and manifested through a language of ritual, this exhibition addresses ideas of human behaviour seen in the practice of religion, collective practice, mysticism, collective identity, community, communication and notions of how alternative realities and private mythologies realign our connection with the past and look to the future.