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Object Q / The Pursuit of Happiness : Garth Gratrix & James William Murray

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Exhibition of work by Garth Gratrix & James William Murray.

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Object Q / The Pursuit of Happiness

29 May - 28 June

Gallery DODO, Phoenix Art Space, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB

This collaborative project brings together two artists exploring concepts of queer materiality through contrasting aesthetic approaches on contrasting coastal plains. The collaboration will culminate in two exhibitions occurring concurrently at Gallery DODO (Brighton), and Abingdon Studios (Blackpool ).

Many Splendored Things, at Abingdon Studios, developed as an experimental testing site for new and previously unexhibited artworks, including Gratrix’s Shy Girl Flamboyant Flamingo Crown of Feathers, an iteration of work recently acquired by Grundy Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and several small-scale sculptures by Murray. The installation engenders new formal relationships between the artists’ respective works, transgressing binaries of abstraction and figuration.

Object Q / The Pursuit of Happiness , at Gallery DODO, was planned entirely off-site and is a more conceptually driven exhibition based around the theme of ‘queer verticality’. The austere installation features just one example of each of the artist’s work, as referenced in the title.

This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This Eventbrite is for the Gallery DODO exhibition only.

Open Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11.00 - 4.00.

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30 mins slots for a maximum of 3 people at a time. To see more information about how Phoenix Art Space is staying safe in covid-19, please see their website.

Please be aware that the gallery can only be reached via a staircase. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

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DODO is a small, temporary gallery situated in a space off the south stairway of Phoenix Art Space. It is hosting a short programme of exhibitions which invite 2 or 3 artists to collaborate on curating a show of their work.


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