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John Lawrence solo exhibition
Sickly Revelations*


Zoe Williams light box commission
'Chateaux Double Wide series (Chamber Aide)'

27 May - 19 June 2016

Pro Numb is pleased to present Sickly Revelations*, a solo exhibition by John Lawrence. Sickly Revelations* forms part of a wider project that has previously been installed at Oriel Davies Gallery, and travels to the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, later in 2016.

The on-street light-box commission, 'Chateaux Double Wide series (Chamber Aide)', has been produced by London based Zoe Williams and will launch on the opening night of the gallery exhibition.


'Some people have the experience of being in a familiar place but finding it strange and unfamiliar'

'Some people find that when they are watching television or a movie they become so absorbed in the story that they are unaware of other events happening around them'

'Some people have the experience of feeling that other people, objects, and the world around them are not real'


Sickly Revelations* is a project across moving-image, sound, object and print by London-based artist John Lawrence.
Centering around a single-channel video work over three ‘acts’ the installation aims to question the shifting position of the individual within a greater, technologically infiltrated system of mediated experience.

As an unseen narrator banally describes his home cinema set-up, with audio/visual equipment seen strewn across the floor, a feedback loop of production, consumption and flawed connectivity becomes pronounced.

Objects appearing on screen, either as printed photographs or clunky 3D digital captures, are also present within the space, as well as being represented on the gallery’s facade.

Sound design for the project has been produced by musician Mark Good and a gallery text has been commissioned for Pro Numb by Dr Cadence Kinsey.

Further texts by John Bloomfield, Rachel Wilson, Niki Russell and the artist will make up a parallel publication to coincide with Sickly Revelations*’ next iteration at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, where it will open in July.

'Chateaux Double Wide series (Chamber Aide)' is taken from a series of still images conceived by Williams initially for Chateaux Double Wide, a collaborative project hosted by herself and artist Urara Tsuchiya as part of Glasgow International Festival 2016.

The images were presented as posters, projections and promotional material as well as being printed within a limited edition magazine called 'Private Life' which accompanied the project. This particular image shows one of Williams’s ceramic works within it.

Chateaux Double Wide used the basement of a bar called Avant Garde in Glasgow to act as an amorphous lounge, bar and club for people to use over the festival.

John Lawrence (b.1981) Selected recent and upcoming projects include The Happy Hypocrite #ACCUMULATOR_PLUS (Book Works), Work/Leisure Residency Programme (in association with Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool), X 308: SPACE, SITE AND THE SCREEN (Big Screen Southend in association with Focal Point Gallery), Dry Riser (One Thoresby Street, Nottingham), Super Woofer (Matt's Gallery), Sunscreen (New Art Exchange, Nottingham), Spectrum: Survey of Artists’ Moving Image (Breese Little, London), Open School East (Associate Artist 2015), Residency in a Record Store (with Pangaea Sculptors' Centre and Flashback Records, London), The Existence of Flamethrowers in Your Street (126, Galway), Oriel Davies Open Overall Winner (Newtown, Wales), Pre Owned: Looks Good Man (Cell Project Space, London). Lawrence is a graduate of the Royal Academy Schools.

Zoe Williams lives and works in London. She graduated from the MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include Pel, Galerie Antoine Levi; You Consume Me, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen; Soft Paste, The Studio Warehouse Gallery, Glasgow. Group shows and projects include Spring/Summer 2015, DCA, Dundee; The Chic and The Borderline, cur. by David Roberts Art Foundation, part of Art International Istanbul; Esperanto cur. by Cura magazine at The Rowing, London; 'Chateaux Double Wide', collaborative project, Glasgow International Festival 2016. Forthcoming projects include H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D part of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, 2016.
Williams is currently represented by Galerie Antoine Levi.

Supported through public funding by Arts Council England.

*Life is brittle // REAL

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