On 16 February 2012, Other Criteria (New Bond Street) will host an exclusive launch of its forthcoming group exhibition of new prints by artists Matthew Burrows, Adam Dix and Colin Glen, which will be on display until 3 April 2012.
Matthew Burrows will present new etchings The Seer and the The Prophet (hand-coloured by the artist), both inspired by the Japanese cult TV series, Monkey. Monkey, the mischievous central character possessed the ability to distinguish the perverse from the real.
Burrows believes the etchings are perhaps best seen in this paradoxical and mischievous light. The Seer seems to suggest that his sight is void and he is unable to speak, perhaps his mouth shares the faculties of imagination and therefore of vision. Burrows says, “Risking heresy, The Seer and The Prophet sit on the margins of cultures. They seek not mere sniggers and a mocking gaze; their presence is too felt for that, but to make way for telling the monsters lie.”
Adam Dix’s Transmit and Receive Thy Message focus on the artist’s preoccupation with exploring the ideas associated with communication, rituals and customs and how we engage with communication technology. These studies intentionally appropriate similar traits found in the genres of science fiction, religion and characters found in traditional forms of folkloric custom and spiritualism.
Re made II, an etching by Colin Glen, investigates the relationship between an artwork and its photographic documentation. The title Re made takes the word 'readymade' and removes three letters, placing the focus on reproduction, but with something missing. In the process of titling the prints in pencil a ghost image of the letters, which have been 'removed' can be seen. The bottle rack image featured in the print alludes to Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade of 1914, and is also an iconic work from the history of modern art known principally through its photographic image.