PUBLIC Gallery presents NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, a digital exhibition aiming to help stimulate connection and engagement during this unprecedented period of physical isolation being experienced worldwide.

Spanning a wide range of media – including drawing, painting, textile, photography, video and sculpture – this group exhibition brings together over 50 artists from around the world, all of which have been invited to create one physical work and one video in response to the current reality.

The environment in which art is being made has changed. For the time being, many artists are without access to their studios, regular materials and like everybody else the ability to continue with their ‘everyday lives’. Yet artists adapt; now working in new spaces, using things at hand and with a newfound opportunity to experiment as all physical commitments are on hold.

Lily Wong, Keep On Keeping On (Repetition), 2020, acrylic on paper, 46 x 61 cm

When the world emerges from this state of limbo it will no doubt be different. In these new works artists question the modes of life which have contributed to the current state of affairs, explore their own personal stories before, during and after isolation,contemplate the defining challenges for cultures re-emerging from quarantine, and
imagine new ways of living.

Rose Nestler, The Weird Sisters, 2020

The videos created act in some instances as independent works, in others as extensions of the physical works, as well as snippets of life under lockdown and the feelings that have come to fruition. While each creation is in some way an individual response all ultimately act as a symbol of our interconnected whole, the fact that no one is immune to the risk as there are underlying biological and chemical realities that bind us – a
reflection that should stay with us long after the crisis passes.

Bambou Gili, Neighborhood Sleep Paralysis, 2020, oil on unstretched linen, 142 x 178 cm

Presented as a standalone online experience, NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT brings these new works and videos together to form a unique snapshot of how artists react and adapt to such changes; how they process and question this unparalleled situation from their individual and shared perspectives.

Pieter Jennes, Lockdown party, 2020, soft pastel on paper, 32x 48 cm

As the artist and theorist Ian Alan Paul aptly states: ‘Now is a time for imagination, invention, and experimentation, leveraging each as a means of producing new kinds of knowledge about our situation and new modes of struggle within it.’

Exhibiting Artists

Alexander Barton
Alexi Marshall
Alice Jacobs
Anastasia Bay
Anastasiya Tarasenko
Anousha Payne
Asif Hoque
Austin Eddy
Bambou Gili
Brittney Leeanne Williams
Charlotte Edey
Cristina de Miguel
Coline Marotta
David von Bahr
Elsa Rouy
Fabian Treiber
Felix Carr
Francisco Mendes Moreira

Georgina Clapham
Hadas Auerbach
Henry Curchod
Jake Grewal
James Lomax
James Tailor
Jane Hayes Greenwood
Johnny Izatt-Lowry
József Csató
Justin Liam O’Brien
Katelyn Ledford
Lily Wong
Luisa Mè
Luke Samuel
Marie Heléne Boone
Marisa Adesman
Mevlana Lipp
Michaela Yearwood-Dan

Millie Layton
Muzae Sesay
NH Depass
Oda Iselin Sønderland
Philip Gerald
Pieter Jennes
Rebecca Harper
Rose Nestler
Roxanne Jackson
Ryan Orme
Sally Hackett
Samantha Rosenwald
Sarah Thibault
Sasha Gordon
Shadi Al-Atallah
Sof’ya Shpurova
Tahnee Lonsdale
William Darrell

©2020 PUBLIC Gallery, Lily Wong, Pieter Jennes, Bambou Gili

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