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2013, The Mars Crawler & The Mars Project installation detail

The Hope Of Wrecks


Hertfordshire University Gallery & Saint Albans Museum, United Kingdom. Featured artists : Jo Addison, Chris Dobrowolski, David Ersser, Daniel Goodwin, Friedrich
Kunath, Martin Kippenberger, Kypros Kyprianou, Adam Norton, Selina O, David Shrigley, Ali Tareen and Paul Thek. The Hope of Wrecks, an international group show was
curated by Andrew Marsh and Simon Hollington. ‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope’. Martin Luther King Jnr. The Hope of Wrecks is a
play on the title of the seminal German romantic painting, The Wreck of Hope’by Caspar David Friedrich. As the world is struggling to recover from a continuing global
financial and ethical crisis it seems a fitting moment to explore how contemporary artists address the term ‘Hope’ both personally and politically. The Hope of Wrecks explores
how certain artists produce works which have an inherent optimism when seemingly either they, or the world that surrounds them, is at ‘rock bottom’. This optimism,
whether it be overt or underlying, is expressed using strategies like humour, satire, honesty, naivety or faith. The majority of our life experience may be futile, a tiny
percentile of this experience, however, transcends inerta and despondency allowing us to feel optimistic and enthusiastic in spite of ourselves.The show will exhibit a range
of multi-media works by established, mid-career and young artists contextualising a modus operandi that has been at the core of artististic enquiry throughout history.
In many of the selected artists’ work there is a ‘gallows humour’ that both mocks and confronts either themselves, their environment, or the viewer.‘Hope in reality
is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man’ Friedrich Nietzsche