Escalate Entropy
Private View: 6-9pm Friday 11 November
Exhibition Continues Until: Sunday 4 December

Escalate Entropy

Justin Brown
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Ross Chisholm
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Thomas Crane
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Andy Jackson
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Robert Orchardson
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Tom Walker
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The artists brought together for Escalate Entropy shared a studio in Deptford whilst studying at Goldsmiths College London, between 2004 and 2007. The studio building has since been demolished to make way for new ‘luxury’ apartments. The following paragraph is a story, which re-imagines the current land occupiers in a parallel universe:

At 01000001 housing showroom. 1, 0 and Temp1 sit at the desks of their temporary contemporary office. Temp1 sifts over the digital windows of his morning tasks and hovers upon the updates and social status of friends. A Youtube clip opens unexpectedly upon Temp1’s current page: an animation portraying two cut-out childlike figures embroiled in ambiguous violence, repeated in 3 second sequence. Cut and pasted beyond these figures is a backdrop of planes, mirroring the canal and railway overpass viewed from 01000001’s windows. Amidst the sudden chaos a lethargic daydream kicks in: Temp1 stares past his YouTube encounter, beyond into another 2 dimensional plane: the seemingly flat ceiling tiles suddenly display a holographic resemblance, growing third facets into a sculptural pastel world. Below, the carpet tiles skew, Temp1’s digital screen flickers as a result of the sudden disruption. The emulsion cracks at the dry ceiling edge whilst down below, at the wall/floor junction, paint liquidises once again, gradually filling in the canals left between the carpet tiles. The light from Temp1’s computer display is gradually fading into a monochromatic blank: a screen-sized pixel, dimming like a dying star…

Escalate Entropy is not an exhibition about the similarities of work in a curated group but rather a collection of artists whose relationship is a studio that no longer exists: a ghost space (0). The exhibition at Angus Hughes (1) is a temporary material re-collection of artists from this ghost space. In Escalate Entropy:

· The ghost space is recreated through interior and architectural features of the studio.

· Artwork from 2004-2007 is re-presented, re-examined or re-contextualised.

· New artwork is exhibited in this re-collection context: an artwork can be contextualised in a historical sense.

The works exhibited here do so between a recollected workplace and a gallery space, in a sense they exist before you, between a 0 and a 1.

Justin Brown recently showed in the exhibition Waterlogged Objects at Fold Gallery, London in 2011. Previous exhibitions included Foreign Bodies at White Box Gallery in New York and Carcus at V22, London.

Ross Chisholm's solo exhibition Garden of Forking Paths opened at Marc Janou Contemporary in September this year. Selected previous exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Greider Contemporary, Berlin in 2010 and IBID Projects, London in 2009.

Thomas Crane's works have been exhibited at the Trinity Laban Dance Centre in London as part of the performance Sunday Morning. Recent exhibitions include a commissioned artwork for David Mach's Precious Light as part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival and To Be or Not To Be at Shoreditch Town Hall in 2010.

Andy Jackson recent exhibitions in 2011 included Seconds at The Sunday Painter, London and Mail Please at Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London. Other selected exhibitions include Slip Sensor at Cell Project Space, London, Painting Over at Studio 1.1 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2006.

Robert Orchardson's solo exhibition Endless Facade opened at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham in February 2011 and will tour to Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery in Canada this month.

Tom Walker's recent exhibitions include Mail Please at Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London and Time After 211 Rijeka, Croatia in 2011. Past exhibitions include VIDEOHOLICA International Video Art Festival. 2009 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2007.

Installation View:

Justin Brown
1. Motorik, 2010, Mild Steel

2. Untitled, 2010
3. Black Solid, White Noise, 2010, Mild Steel, 26 x 10 x 5 cm

Ross Chisholm
4. Infant Samuel Kneeling at Prayer, 2011, Mixed Media Installation, dimensions variable

Thomas Crane
5. Apex of a Silent Emergency, 2011, Acrylic Paint, MDF, Sand, Rotating Flashing Light, Movement Sensor

6. Soft Slick Underbelly Target No 8, 2011, Acrylic Paint, MDF, Sand

Andy Jackson
7. Tablet (A View from Oldfield Grove SE15), 2011, Acrylic on Board, 60 x 39cm
8. Relics (Vert), 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 25 x 16cm

9. Untitled, 2011, Acrylic on Board, 23 x 15cm
11. Relics, 2011, Acrylic on Board, 22.7 x 15cm

10. Set 12, 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 226.5 x 26.5cm
10a. (Detail)

Robert Orchardson
13. Nova, 2007, , Spray-painted steel, 100 × 200 cm
13a. (Detail)

Tom Walker
14. Finish Him, 2011, iMac 2005, studio stool and DVD

15. Untitled, 2011, Digital Print, 10 x 15cm

16. Beam Me Up Scotty, 2011, Digital Print, 10 x 15cm

Ross Chisholm and Tom Walker
17. Door of my Heart, 2003-2011, Wood, Emulsion, Audio equipment, Dimensions variable

Studio 115
18. Dust Free Painting Booth Divider

19a. Windows and Workbench

19b. Workbench with Mains

20 115 Reversed/Mirrored

All images, courtesy of the artists