Thursday 18 August 2016
18 August – 10 September 2016
For the Bloc Billboard, Nottingham-based artist Bruce Asbestos has produced a painting based on compositions found in works by Henri Matisse. Noting that Matisse’s The Artist’s Family happens to be the exact size of the Bloc Billboard, Asbestos’ billboard takes inspiration from its awkward outlined figures, strange composition and the simple social scene. The billboard, Cowboys, is part of a recent body of work by the artist that reference the a fictive idea of the Wild West built out of Google image searches and recollections of cowboy films. The original Matisse painting from 1912 works as cultural filter through which to frame a vision of the American landscape, conflating fact, fiction, the romantic and the mundane.
Bruce Asbestos is a Nottingham-based artist, Director of Trade Gallery and member of artist collective Reactor. Recent exhibitions include IF A PAIR IS TWO, WHAT IS THREE? Harley Gallery , Nottinghamshire, 2016; ‘The one where we wonder what Friends did’, Oliver Braid, Wasps Studio, Glasgow, 2015; MTN DEW , Commission by EM15 for ‘Sunscreen’, Venice Biennale, 2015; Faux Sho , curated by It’s All Tropical, Assembly House, Leeds, 2015.