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Play-Co, No2, 68 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QZ
12 - 15 July 2018 12 - 7PM

A group exhibition featuring the works of seven contemporary artists: Samuel Capps, Joey Holder, Anna Hughes, Tomasz Kobialka, Isaac Lythgoe, Nemo Nonnenmacher and Rafal Zajko whose practice explores the intersection between nature and culture, reflecting an invasive behaviour that encompasses new technological and aesthetic attributes. Seeds of an evolving subjectivity that began with the hybridisation of nature and technology have sprouted a new consciousness. In so doing they force us to question that which we thought was purely biological, suggesting a transformative and constantly changing materiality possessed by all animals, human and nonhuman alike.

Downloaded personalities, emotions constituted by data - our Deleuzian “Body without Organs” is living our parallel life in it’s virtual environment. This rhizomatic structure allows us to exist in multiple times,  forms and contexts. This new identity forges its path through liminalities and non idealised places, like a circuit board of roots in a Ballardian world appearing to be independent on the surface while being interconnected underneath

Design by www.brianlarneydesign.com

SAMUEL CAPPS Redundant Hardware 2018
Pentium processors, silicone, isocyante & polyol resin, fabric print, acrylic, bolts 132 x 94 cm
A multi-disciplinary artist and curator, Capps runs Gossamer Fog, a London based gallery which largely focuses on varying aspects of technology's influence on society and our environment. His practice looks at the affect technology has on creating new spatial contexts and our perceptional displacement to a new digital sub-dimension. He has previously been exploring an idea of the ‘Technonatural’; the point where technology embedded into the materiality of humans and their environments becomes imperceivable. His practice also considers representations of media archaeology and radical projections of our future landscape, be it in a post-nature or a post-human world. www.samuelcapps.com

JOEY HOLDER The Evolution of the Spermalege  2014 and ongoing 3D printed insect genitalia dims variable
Holder’s artistic practice and research spans video and multimedia installations both online and offline. Connecting forms which have emerged through our human taste, culture and industrial processes she investigates complex systems that dissolve notions of the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’. By contrasting so-called ‘organic’ and ‘man-made’ substances and surfaces through a series of abstractions, she creates a world of manifold layers, none more unified or natural than the next.
www.joeyholder.com/

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ANNA HUGHES  Lock Picker (I) and (II) 2018
Wax 51.5 x 30 cm
Anna Hughes makes primarily sculptural works that investigate the mystical and metaphysical properties hidden in materials, textures and architectural forms to explore ideas of re-enchantment, alignment and the connective relationships between her works and the space they inhabit. Her recent series, Lock Pickers considers the geometric forms of magical symbology, guarding and protecting of secrets and the development of cryptographic technology in the current internet age. www.anna-hughes.com

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ISAAC LYTHGOE Smell Summer Rain 2018  
UV print, acrylic and varnish on faux leather 135 x 90 cm
Lythgoe works in various media, his practise considers consciousness and its distortions through storytelling. Graduated from Royal College of Art in 2014, recent shows include Michael Jackson On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London (2018), Janus, Exo Exo, Paris, (2017) Lonesome Wife, Seventeen Gallery, London, (2016) Never Land Alone with Jack Lavender, Hussenot, Paris (2016), 5225 Figueroa Mountain Rd, Almanac, London (2016)
www.isaaclythgoe.com

TOMASZ KOBIALKA Drosophila melanogaster 2018
Laser etch on cardboard 50 x 30 x 15 cm
Kobialka is an Australian artist, writer and programmer, living and working in London and Berlin. Kobialka uses sculpture, video and installation to engages with technology and the way it shapes our daily social and emotional wellbeing. His work also examines how naturalised concepts of competition, power, status and hierarchy construct male identity and how through the process of critique alternative forms of identity can be proposed.  
www.tomkobialka.com/

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NEMO NONNEMACHER Volume (red) 2017
C-print in steel frame  120 x 96 cm
Nonnemacher uses photography, digital sculpture and installation to explore how contemporary technologies affect our cultural identity, in what way the corporeal relates to the virtual and to what point presence and identity are articulated by both human hand and machine. Nemo graduated from Royal College of Art in 2017 and has recently been artist in residence at Outset Contemporary Art Fund in Baker Street and Radical Resident at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop.
www.nemononnenmacher.com

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RAFAL ZAJKO  

Aparat (RED) 2018 Jesmonite, steel, freehand embroidery 70 x 40 cm
Chunk (BLUE) 2018 Concrete, jesmonite, steel 28 x 18 cm
Zajko is a multimedia artist working in sculpture, performance, and costume. His recent body of work incorporates wall-based concrete and steel panels that often contain free-hand embroidery slats. His work deals with themes of monuments, socialist public sculpture and the relationship between the body and technology. Zajko was born in the Polish People's Republic a year before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. He currently lives and works in London.
www.rafalzajko.com


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