History’s Shadow Marks the Beginning

A Three-Artist Exhibition Featuring Conor Murgatroyd, Mitch Vowles, and Alfie White

History’s Shadow Marks the Beginning
10/06/2021 – 22/06/2021
Grove Collective,
9b Battersea Sq, SW11

Grove Collective is pleased to present the upcoming three-artist exhibition History’s Shadow Marks the Beginning, featuring UK-based artists Conor Murgatroyd, Mitch Vowles, and Alfie White, on view at Grove Collective’s Battersea space, as well as online in virtual reality through the Grove Collective website.

History’s Shadow Marks the Beginning, 2021, Enamel on Canvas, 150 x 120 cm © Conor Murgatroyd

This is the first time that these artists have exhibited together, and marks the first time that Grove Collective has worked with any of these artists. The roots of this exhibition lie deep within the ineffable; linkages across theme and tone draw together the practices of Murgatroyd, Vowles, and
White, but the nature of those bonds can be difficult to parse. So varied are the artists’ practices that any claim to similarity on a purely visual basiscrumbles almost out of hand.

Likewise, generalised biographical commonalities belie much stronger contextual disparities; for each artist, the conditions of production prove radically different. However, something still lingers below the surface. The viewer can still note that which is difficult to name but easy to feel, melding the universal and personal to create something that is both familiar and radical.

Therein lies perhaps the clearest connection between the artists’ work: While Murgatroyd, Vowles, and White together have practices steeped in the art.

©2021 Conor Murgatroyd, Mitch Vowles, and Alfie White, Grove Collective

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