ORGAN THING: Delicious things, inviting things, Augustine Carr and Neal Rock, Transfers at Transition Gallery, East London…


Augustine Carr, Transfers (On The Margin) at Transition, East London, Sept 2019

Augustine Carr and Neal Rock, Transfers (On The Margin), Transition Gallery, East London, Sept 2019 – A rather intimate two person show at Transition Gallery’s new space down in The Ghetto (as some Hackney residents mockingly call the Victoria Park village). Actually this seems a far more friendly welcoming place than that previous rather aloof space that hid halfway up a tower, this space makes it feel like the gallery wants to connect, like they actually want to have a conversation with the people passing by, art on the outside wall, an open door on the pavement, a sign, and a rather inviting space once you do go in, it fees good in here. And the show inside? Well the show inside and out actually, two artists sharing the intimate space both inside and outside the gallery, Augustine Carr and Neal Rock, two artists who maybe shouldn’t compliment each other as well as they do? Augustine Carr is apparently a painter, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, although here his work here is, as wonderfully coloured as it is, all bible black and crying out to be touched, is three dimensional, his pieces are sculptures (or in terms of the work on the outside wall of the gallery out on the street, rather exciting photos of his sculptures, or were they prints of paintings of sculptures?), the larger piece in the middle of the clean white gallery is delicious, it kind of feels like it should dominate the space a lot more than it actually does, thankfully it doesn’t take over the space as much as it compliments, it occupies the middle of the room without ever feeling the need to shout at the viewer or make too much noise, it probably deserves a rather wordy appreciation, questions about the nature of object in terms of the relationship with the viewer, with the pieces outside, with art itself, questions about how we use spaces, how we interact, how we see the piece, how we all take photos of the piece on our various electronic devices (at least half the people in here including me are taking photos on phones and pads and such) and then distil those images – hey look at me, I’m cool, I went to an art gallery, all you did was take a photo of your food or your new shoes, Transfers? On The Margins?


Augustine Carr, Transfers (On The Margin) at Transition, East London, Sept 2019

– In an age where outsides are increasingly absorbed into cultural and financial capital, ‘outsider’ as a designated margin is often hard to distinguish from full-front and centre. Homogenised proliferations of art objects and images are under renewed scrutiny at a time of social activism and engagement, recalling perhaps cultural impulses that initially prompted the Pictures Generation, Guerilla Girls or the more recent critiques of digital culture by Hito Steyerl. Transference between social sites has become an opportunity for content, subjects on the move, Heraclitus stepping not into an ever-changing river but a deluge of fluid information that can neither be read or visually apprehended as a totality. Transfer as the domain of a cultural nomadism is imbedded today as is the digital nativism of subjects born into worlds of smart-device connectivity and social media. As such the margin is an ever increasingly moving target if not an outright fantasy or fetishization — a place upon which projections of mysticism, spirituality and social emancipation find voice and footing. Some of these projections are of course necessary as starting points of a renewed pragmatism, a Jamesian plasticity where if we project hard enough, long enough, through continued practice, fantasy might just inflect and shape the social –


Neal Rock, Transfers (On The Margin) at Transition, East London, Sept 2019

Enough of that, can we just instead say the Augustine Carr piece in the middle of the room is delicious, deliciously touchable, good enough to lick, or hug or something, just very very good. as are Neal Rock’s beautifully textured pieces that are occupying the wall space, his layers of charcoal on cotton rag paper .”Neal Rock is a Welsh-born dual British and American citizen based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rock completed an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in 2000….”, never really understood the constant need to wear an art eduction like some badge of validation? Either your work talks or it doesn’t, Neal Rock’s smaller pieces really do, they draw you in, they invite you to engage, to peel back, to look through, the pieces, drawings? Paintings? The pieces are rich in colour, in texture, in time and space, they demand you spend a little more of your life just enjoying them, just looking, just seeing for a moment more than you normally would…


Neal Rock, Transfers (On The Margin) at Transition, East London, Sept 2019

Transfers (On The Margin) is a positive powerful intimate show, a rewarding show that really doesn’t need to get too wordy – a fine fine show, an inviting engaging show, the walk away from the gallery is a warm one, once again that feeling of art being that “force for good, and all adding to the smile brought on by evening light and the big (but never ugly) shark that needs kissing and the dirty great flower on the path on the common just up the road and water fountain and the glow of the buses, everything all somehow enhanced by that feeling you only ever get when you walk away from a rewarding experience at an art gallery… (sw)

Transfers (On The Margin) at Transition Gallery until September 29th, find the gallery just off the roundabout at 110a Lauriston Road, London E9 7HA (over the road from the pub and around the corner just behind the small parade of shops)

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