The Man Who Knew Too Little - Rhys Coren/ Jack Newling at SEVENTEEN GALLERY



Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
28th June to 4th August 2012

The Man Who Knew Too Little is an exhibition of works by Rhys Coren and Jack Newling.
Both artists employ a range of means and materials to create works with a heavily processed style where interference is reduced to a minimum in order to regulate and reclassify the world around us.
The playful, symbolic world of Rhys Coren revolves around subcultures and their visual language. British culture, the Internet and music are continuous references in his production, which varies from video, animation, 2D images and installation, constantly merging both analogue and digital processes. Coren explores the hypothesis of an interrelation between British football social culture and rave music. Using popular designs from British football strips, training kits and clothing worn by fans in the late 80s and early 90s - the brightest era of acid music and rave culture - Coren has developed a series of graphics animations, and a sound piece (in collaboration with Benjamin John Power) that celebrates the "smiley face", a stylized icon of the same period.

Jack Newling carefully extracts from a contemporary landscape of industrially manufactured utilitarian provisions. In this show Newling uses high control techniques such as screen-printing and casting to make a new body of work that finds its origins in the peripheries of popular culture. 24hr groceries and empty cafes provide material for these works that never seek to fully represent the source, preferring instead to exist as stand-ins or surrogates. Newling’s works absorb the hard-nosed practicality of the world around us, and combine with the ghosts of industrial processes in order to produce moments of pathos and seduction.
The works in the exhibition are formal suggestions, little clues given and left to the viewer to interpret. The show is an attempt to absorb common features of the world that surrounds us, in order to propose something altogether more remote and slippery. By focusing on certain elements of the everyday, whilst losing others, the works initiate unexpected connections opening the viewer to new and undefined outcomes, activating strong sensations and new assemblages of collective and personal memories.
Rhys Coren (born 1983, Plymouth), currently lives and works in London.
Recent shows include:The Response, The Sunday Painter, London, UK, 2012; E-Vapor-8, 319 Scholes, New York, NY, 2012, No Woman No Cry, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK, 2011; Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, 2011; VIDEO PROGETTO, 26CC, Rome, Italy, 2010. Rhys Coren was the recipient of ISCP Residency in New York in 2009.. He is co-founder of the online platform bubblebyte.org and of the Bristol-London art collective InterCity MainLine.

Jack Newling (born 1983, Nottingham), currently lives and works in London.
Newling, in 2009, completed an MA in fine art at the Royal Academy Schools, London. Recent exhibitions include:
Clouds, Fold, London 2012, Your garden is looking a mess please tidy it up, Payne and Shervell, London 2012, Then again, SPACE, London 2011, Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London 2010, Bloomberg new contemporaries, 2009 & 2007. Newling was the recipient of the Red Mansion Art prize in 2008. Newling has been awarded the 2012 Glenfiddich artist in residence. Newlings work is held in the UBS and Zabludowicz collections as well as various other private collections in Europe and the USA. 

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