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Follow the White Rabbit: New Artists Show 2003

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Gary Burkon, Marina Cains, Ryan Chadfield, Iain Cheesman, Zoe Hainge & Yani Ferens, Chris Hargreaves, Kate Harsant, Joanna Langford, Peter Madden, Amber Louise Magon, Misery, Mia Ou, Zina Swanson, T van Dammen

5 Sept – 11 Oct 2003

Curated by Tobias Berger


F
OLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT is this years annual new artists show. It asks the basic question every young artist is confronted with: which way to go?
Should one take full risk and follow the rabbit, or stay safe and go in the more commercial direction?

This dilemma is illustrated in the MATRIX when Neo follows the white rabbit tattoo to Morpheus, who tells him:

"You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember - all I am offering is the truth, nothing more."

FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT also challenges what kind of art Artspace should display. The more cutting edge, conceptual, and politically conscious art or the more idiosyncratic, self reflective and mysterious. For FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT we try the darker direction. Manga heroes meet Pre-Raphaelite icons, new instruments are invented, British tea parties celebrated and tents erected. The exhibition includes artist that celebrate surreal storytelling, reference fairytales and reverse gender politics.

TAKE THE RED PILL AND FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT INTO ARTSPACE'S NEW ARTIST SHOW!!!
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