AMBACHER CONTEMPORARY : MINERALS - Tom Hackney - 6 Mar 2015 to 16 May 2015
Tom Hackney, Ptolemaic King (100 BC)
iPhone photograph, PIXELATION App
Tom Hackney, 2015
AMBACHER CONTEMPORARY MUNICH - PARIS
Opening Reception, March 5, 2015, 7pm
Exhibition, 6.3. - 16.5.2015
We are proud to present the artist´s first solo exhibition in Germany.
The gallery represents Tom Hackney since 2014. Our next art fair
participation with the artist: Art Paris, Grand Palais, 26. - 29.3.2015.
Eröffnung, 5. März 2015, 19h
Der Künstler ist anwesend.
Tom Hackney’s recent series of work seems at first glance disparate – a collection of working processes, media and visual styles. On closer inspection it is apparent that these works share an address to particular structures and logic. In their broadest interpretation, such structures include ‘the game of chess’ or ‘the pixelation of and image’.
Again, under more specific examination we see that in this case ‘the game of chess’ is played by Marcel Duchamp, who famously is said to have abandoned art for chess, and questions of art historical stakes are raised. Similarly, ‘the pixelated image’ explored here is done so through the lens of an iPhone capturing an image of the face of Ptolemaic King carved 100years BC; the pixelation occurring via an automatic face detection and obfuscation application. Here, technologies of facial representation meet across two thousand years of history, and a new representation of this encounter is generated.
MINERALS explores these and other structures across a carefully assembled series of objects, images and through the accompanying artist’s notes.
Tom Hackney (MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, 2008) lives and works in London.
Exhibitions include The Spring Exhibition (2015), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Constellar Relations (2014), Untitled Gallery, Manchester; John Moores Painting Prize (2014), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; (detail) (2014), H-Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand; Tremors (2013), Breese Little, London; RA Summer Show (2012), Royal Academy of Arts, London; The Curator's Egg, Altera Pars (2012), Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; and Point. Line. Plane. (2011), Hannah Barry Gallery, London.
His works are in the collections of Manchester Art Gallery, The BOC Group and Fidelity Investments, along with private collections in the UK, Ireland, France, USA, Switzerland and Germany.
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