Friday 07 September 2012
Inspired by the last words of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa DONT LET IT END THIS WAY TELL THEM I SAID SOMETHING, Rebecca Lennons solo show will combine video, image, collage, performance and sound in a rhythmical choreography of action and inaction, voice and voicelessness. Like Villas words which imply everything and say nothing and are rendered authorless by reports that Villa died instantly by gun shot to the head, Lennon presents a logic which eats itself, dealing with the transformation of the radical and extreme into spectacle and the increasing abstraction of human subjectivity.
Rebecca Lennon combines sound, video, collage and live performance with incongruous technical and hand made props. Rambling, non-linear texts (or scripts) perform themselves silently, resolving nothing and often deferring subjectivity to the viewer. Informed by a sense of madness in the hysterical image consumption and endless mythologies of our time, Lennon draws from cinema, ebay, terrorism, protest, debt, cult and commodity, to warp and disturb the things that are familiar to us. And in doing so, she absurdly re-narrates our world into a place of papier mache heads, autotuned seagulls, terrorist screensavers and mushroom cloud smoke machines.
Rebecca Lennon was born in Manchester, 1981 and lives and works in London. She graduated from the MA Fine Art, The Slade, London, 2010. Solo exhibitons include ‘Don’t let it end this way, tell them I said something’, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, 2012; ‘We are Stuck Here Together’, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2010 and ‘Since They Got Rid of Time’ Galerie Metro, Berlin, 2008. Group shows include ‘Transitio_MX Festival’, Mexico City, October, 2013; ‘Move Forward – New Mexican European Media Art’, Halle (Saale) Germany, 2012; ‘Still Outside (or Unexplained)’, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; ‘10 Chapters’, Banner Repeater, London, 2012; ‘Re Read’ Assembly Projects, London, 2011, ‘Making Ships in Bottles’, Cafe Gallery Projects, London, 2010, ‘Spasticus Artisticus’, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2010 and ‘The Economy of the Gift’, A Foundation, Liverpool, 2010. She has been selected for the EMAN-EMARE Residency at CANTE (Centro de Arte y Nuevas Tecnologías) in San Luis Potosí, México, 2012.
All images attached, copyright the artist and used with permission from Ceri Hand Gallery.