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Summer Exhibition

Opening Party - Friday 24 April - 6.30pm - 8.00pm  

Saturday 25 April - Sunday 21 June  2009


Curated by the artist and writer Sharon Kivland, this exhibition explores the concept of ‘Nachträglichkeit’, the term employed by Sigmund Freud to describe the phenomena of ‘deferred action’, where impressions, experiences or memory traces gain significance as a result of re-experiencing the event. It is a term that has been translated as ‘belatedness’, ‘subsequently’, ‘après coup’, and ‘afterwardness’. As a psychoanalytic concept, it has been retroactively constructed.

Kivland’s exhibition articulates Nachträglichkeit, in the arrangement – or retranscription – of a number of works of art and objects.  Pivotal to the exhibition is the painting by the  ‘Wolfman, Sergei Pankejeff, one of Freud’s patients, which belongs to the Freud Museum in London.  It depicts Pankejeff’s childhood dream, recounted to Freud, of lying in bed and seeing the window open of its own accord to show some white wolves sitting on the walnut tree opposite the window. Freud used this dream to assert the validity of psychoanalysis to examine childhood traumas embedded in the unconscious. The exhibition forms around this painting, shifting between what may seem to be places or events (or their reconstructions), memories or dreams (or their rearticulations and representations), and the play between the past, present, and future in the unconscious. 

Through the work of established and younger artists ordinary objects are recast, rupturing a distinction between object and representation. A record plays, but only the applause between performances long over is heard .  Bowl and vessel echo a friendship. The presence of a distant village is evoked  and carving recasts the encounter with landscape. A drugged man sleeps in a taxi, taken on a journey to his past. There is a tour of a city that no longer exists. Freud dreams of Rome and another man also dreams, classifying, memorising, describing. The illusion of Venice is encountered here and there, blurring any originary moment.  Gesture and thought, weather and place, coincide and retreat. Freud’s dream book is endlessly rewritten. A child dreams of wolves and many years later, paints his dream. Years later two children draw the dream of a wolfman.  An island disappears in the fog. Surprising attention is drawn to the figures appearing in photographs taken by chance. Careful technique and lovely colour does not hide darker reality. A mother’s amateur sculptures are painted by her now adult son and find a correspondence in an architect’s sideline. Obvious fakes lend themselves to an examination of authenticity.  A municipal dream is reconstructed as a series of educational models and violent tornados are painstakingly sketched, from an impossible observational position.

Artists: Etienne Bossut, Pavel Büchler, Hans Coper, Le Corbusier, Juan Cruz, Gareth Fisher, Rodney Graham, Lucy Harrison, Sharon Kivland, Jaspar Joseph-Lester, Selma Makela, Charlie Youle and Bevis Martin, Simon Morris, Sergei Pankejeff, Alexander Ponomarev, Eric Ravilious, Lucie Rie, Jean-Jacques Rullier, John Stezaker, Benjamin Swaim, John Timberlake, and Julie Westerman.  The exhibition also includes two drawings by Francis Fowler and Francis Baptiste Haselden, and objects from the collection of the Freud Museum, London.

Sharon Kivland is an artist and writer.  She is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, Research Associate of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London. Recent work includes: Freud on Holiday. Volume I. Freud Dreams of Rome (Information as material 2006); Freud on Holiday. Volume II. A Disturbance of Memory (CUBEARTEDITIONS, Athens, 2007, with information as material). She has exhibited widely in Europe, and her work is represented by Domo Baal, London, and Galerie Bugdahn & Kaimer, Düsseldorf.




Exhibition Tour

18th May 2009 6.30 – 7.30pm

Join the Assistant Curator Ronnie Simpson, for a tour of the show, and find out some of the thoughts and processes involved in making Afterwards for Warwick Arts Centre.

Exhibition tours are FREE but tickets should be booked through Box Office

Gallery Assistant Tours

Join our Gallery Assistant for an informal and informative whistle stop tour of the exhibition.  Available every Monday and Wednesday at 2pm and 4pm, 19 Jan – 9 Mar.  The tours are free, and everyone is welcome.  Booking required, phone the Mead Gallery Assistants on 02476 522589.

Saturday Art Club

Saturday 25th April,       Play n' Draw
Saturday 23rd May,       Here and Now!
Saturday 6th June,        Memory Box
Saturday 20th June,      Dream Landscapes

For all workshops children must be accompanied by an adult. 

To buy tickets for the workshops please contact box office on 024765 24524

For more information please see our events section by date or email or call the Gallery on 024765 22589