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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design


CURA. and MONITOR GALLERY are proud to present

Jesse Ash
A Treatment for Outcomes

with Sarah May

Opening April 24 – from 6pm
April 25 – May 28

London Metropolitan University 41-47
Commercial Road (Aldgate East) London


JESSE ASH (London, 1977) is the third of a list of five artists invited by cura.magazine to realise a work into the frame of the Metropolitan University’s window based in Commercial Road, London.

For this project, the artist is working with Sarah May, an art director and set designer based in London. The project uses terminology adopted by higher education institutions to promote their programs to prospective students as inspiration.

Following conversations between Ash and May regarding the potential representation of this terminology – a visually seductive set is conceived and constructed presenting hand made objects, props and staging devices within a large street-side window display.

ABOUT THE ARTIST Jesse Ash lives and works in London. In 2010 he received his PhD from Goldsmiths College in London. Ash examines socio-political paradigms, the tradition of reportage and art historical orthodoxies. Political events, actions or speech are often used by the artist as a starting point to initiate an ongoing process, where elements are removed, hidden or encrypted as to make visible the various methods of formulation and composition of the language. Selected personal and group exhibitions include: A Battle for Narrative, Monitor, Rome, (2011); An Exhibition of Distances, Tulips and Roses, Brussels (2011); The Obstacle Is Tautology, Cite des Arts Montmartre, Paris (2010); The Plurality of One, Monitor, Rome (2010); The Happy Interval, Croy Nielsen, Berlin (2010).

ABOUT COMMERCIAL ROAD PROJECT Five are the artists invited by cura. to confront themselves with the showcase of the London Metropolitan University in Commercial Road, London. Five site-specific works in which the artists Andrea Sala (IT) (October 2011), Per Oskar Leu (NO) (February 2012), Jesse Ash (UK) (April 2012), William Cobbing (UK) (June 2012), Pennacchio Argentato (IT) (October 2012), are called to review the characteristics of a space, such as the one of a display window, expressly exposed to the public. To support the production of the works, created especially for the occasion, cura. has activated a collaboration with the Roman galleries Federica Schiavo Gallery, 1/9unosunove, Monitor, Furini Arte Contemporanea and T293.

ABOUT CURA. is a curatorial project that revolves around the production of a quarterly magazine (cura.magazine), a publishing house (cura.books) and exhibitions cycles, through which it investigates the contemporary artistic production and promotes the most actual developments of the emerging practice.

ABOUT THE CATALOGUE a catalogue edited by cura.books will be published in November 2012 with texts by: Adam Carr, Chris Fitzpatrick, Ilaria Gianni, Ilaria Marotta, Filipa Ramos.

A project curated by: Ilaria Marotta e Andrea Baccin
UK Coordinator: Susanna Bianchini
Press: Elena Bari - press@newrelease.it


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