Patrick Hough, John Skoog, Ørjan Amundsen
30 January – 1 April 2018
The 2018 edition of AFI focuses on the theme of truth. Each of the selected artists explore the relationship between fact and fiction.
The discovery of Cecile B. de Mille’s Ten Commandments film set, buried in the sands of California for nearly 90 years, is the point of departure for And If In a Thousand Years (2017) by Patrick Hough (b. 1989, Ireland), which explores the intersection of artefact, cinema, film, CGI and laser-scanning technology.
In Shadowland (2014) John Skoog (b. 1985, Sweden) also offers sweeping views of the California landscape used in Hollywood films as a stand-in for different parts of the world, overlaying this footage with original film soundtracks and recordings, creating a disjunct between reality and the cinematic construct.
Life is Like (2015) by Ørjan Amundsen (b. 1982, Norway) is a fast-paced collage of images drawn from the internet, television and cinema, highlighting the exciting and overwhelming nature of technology and existence.
Patrick Hough is selected by Whitechapel Gallery, John Skoog is selected by Bonniers Konsthall, Ørjan Amundsen is selected by Tromsø Kunstforenig.
Patrick Hough (b.1989, Galway, Ireland) is an artist living and working in London. Incorporating moving image, photography and installation, Hough’s recent work explores the relationship between cinema, technology and museology through an archive of historical film props. Questioning the relationship between humans and objects (both virtual and physical) his practice reflects upon the way in which cinematic images are indelibly embedded in our perception of history. He received his BA in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011 and his MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Hierophanies, The Swiss Church, London, UK (2017); Unobservables, narrative projects, London, UK (2016); An Archaeology of Cinema, Dagestan Museum of Fine Art, Makhachkala, RU (2015); Object Interviews, Swiss Cottage Gallery, London, UK (2015); Once More, With Feeling! MOT International project space,London (2014). Recent group exhibitions include: Jerwood / FVU Awards: Neither One Thing or Another, Jerwood Space, London, UK (2017); The Bureau of Authentication, narrative projects, London, UK (2017); La Galerie Du Temps, Maus Hábitos – Espaço de Intervenção Cultural, Porto, PT (2016); H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RU (2016); Above the Black Line, ArtPort Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL (2016); Levitate, quartier21, Museums Quartier, Vienna, AT (2015); Crab Walk, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2015); Control / Shift / Escape, as part of the festival: Black Box 2.0, Seattle, USA (2015); Sound Fossils, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL (2015); Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do, Karst, Plymouth, UK, (2014); Wild Things, The Green Parrot, Barcelona, ESP (2014); Bloody English, OHWOW gallery Los Angeles, USA (2014); When the Sleeper Wakes, Aperto Gallery, St Petersburg, RU (2013).
He is a recipient of the Jerwood / FVU Awards 2017 and the PLASTIK moving image award 2017.
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