When I was waiting in a bar, where were you? …
When I watched you from a distance did you see me? …
I want to find out about your life, do you like me?
Taking its title from a 1978 song of the same name by British punk band The Mekons, the exhibition is a group show of paintings, prints, relief objects and works on canvas that seem to require minimal intervention on the artists’ behalf, but actually belie the often extended periods of time spent contemplating, reworking or refining a process. This is an interesting concept that establishes a degree of consideration over the simple relationship between the viewer and the art.
Where Were You? focuses on the work of nine artists, five of which have not shown in the UK before, who articulate a minimalist aesthetic through abstraction, repetition or interruptions in surface and structure, foregrounding the intention, scale and execution of their gestures as both subjects for their work and as performative records of actions or thoughts.
Allora & Calzadilla, Cory Arcangel, N. Dash, Robert Janitz, Paulo Monteiro, David Ostrowski, Michael Rey, Julia Rommell, Dan Shaw-Town
The exhibition runs from the 19th July – 23rd August
Lisson Gallery,52 Bell Street, London