All For Show ~ 1 december 2005
 
studio 1.1
london e2

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An Internationally Touring Retrospective of UK Video Works
curated by Lee Campbell


Alex Baker     Beagles and Ramsay     Anna Boggon     Sophie Brown
Elly Clarke     Sarah Collins     Alexander Costello     Marion Coutts
Douglas Fishbone     Angie Hicks     Juneau Projects     Adrian Lee
Jaspar Joseph Lester     Paul Masters     Elizabeth McAlpine
Miller and McAfee Press     Harold Offeh     Diane Timmins     Sarah Turner


In celebration to the incredible past and present energy and diversity in British video work, curator Lee Campbell presents a major internationally touring survey of video works from the UK which brings together a breathtaking collection of artists who are gaining international acclaim in their works.

ALL FOR SHOW features the work of leading British artists alongside emerging talents. Unfettered by a need to theme the show, Campbell hosts a rich mix of engaging work that reveals an unflinching beauty and grace that need not be categorised. Though many artists in the show deal with issues which are all around us and affect our lives as a society, the interpretation of life as an all changing force and constant toy to be played with on a personal level is evident. In selecting the artists for ALL FOR SHOW, Campbell's only criteria was that the work breathed out of the video player, that it stops the viewer in their tracks as they discover a joyous playful quality in the work. As the title suggests, this show will present the personal journeys of discoveries of almost thirty artists interpretations of a world which can never almost appear to be fully worked out on first glance - of maybe a world where everything may just be All For Show?

The aim of this retrospective is not merely to present a survey of contemporary British video works but more to deal with issues beyond a simple categorisation of artists. For this show is a British retrospective with certain works playing upon a certain British humour and awkwardness, as in Beagles and Ramsay's dead pan appropriation of Madonna lyrics, Alexander Costello's passively quiet take on the stiff upper lip notion through to Angela Hicks observation of the British workplace. Yet this exhibition also destroys certain universal truths of "Britishness" with the sublime chaos in the work of Sarah Turner and Paul Masters, Marion Coutts, and Juneau Projects and any culture would surely find beauty in other artists on show who present a universal harmony.


Previous Venues 2005

EDGEZONES, MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, SAN FRANCISCO, USA PHYSICSROOM, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND LUMP GALLERY, RALEIGH,  NORTH CAROLINA, USA SOAP FACTORY, MINNEAPOLIS,  USA MIGHTY SCREENLAND THEATRE, KANSAS CITY, USA FAHRENHEIT  GALLERY, KANSAS CITY, USA  ALL FOR SHOW  "A TASTER ALL FOR YOU" STUDIO 207, CHICAGO, USA  SELECTED PRINTS FROM THE SHOW CURATED BY MARK SISKA AND LEE CAMPBELL

Forthcoming Venues 2006

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS GALERIE VERTICALE, MONTREAL CANADA NEXUS, PHILADELPHIA, USA


Lee Campbell
leejjcampbell@yahoo.co.uk