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Dan Rees. Road Back to Relevance

Dan Rees, Road Back to Relevance. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, China Trivision 1, 2015. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy the artist. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, A Misunderstood Weed (detail), 2016. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy the artist. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Artex, 2016. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy T293, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Untitled (Diptych), 2014. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy T293, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Road Back to Relevance. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Road Back to Relevance, 2015. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy MOT International, London & Brussels. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Vacuum, 2016. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy T293, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Disused Pool Graffiti, 2013. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Courtesy Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Road Back to Relevance. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa Dan Rees, Road Back to Relevance. Installation view, Nomas Foundation, Rome. Ph. Roberto Apa

Curated by Ilaria Gianni

March, 15th - June 10th, 2016
Opening: Friday, February 11th from 6.30pm
Nomas Foundation, viale Somalia 33, Rome

Nomas Foundation is pleased to present Road Back To Relevance the first institutional solo show by Dan Rees in Italy. The exhibition gives insight into the artist’s practice over the last decade. Through paintings, videos, installations and photography, Road Back To Relevance brings together groups of works that have never been viewed simultaneously and reveals the complex nature of Rees’ research.

Underpinning much of Rees' conceptual body of work is an examination into aspects of Britain’s cultural and social demise since the 1970's. The exhibition reveals issues of taste in relation to class and broad political discourses surrounding the working classes, or more specifically, as described by Antonio Gramsci, the importance of 'organic intellectuals' in creating social change.

The show's title Road Back To Relevance refers to a slide presentation made by the artist in collaboration with an advertising strategist and designer. The work questions how various modes of social engagement can remain relevant today by charting the course of a specific solidarity campaign started in the 1980s, between Wales and Nicaragua. The campaign exemplifies activism before the Internet age; the central question the work poses is how pre 'clicktivist' methods of activism can help shape international solidarity.

The slideshow format is utilised once more in the work, Stimulate Surprise, 2015, which presents an advertising agency’s vision for the relaunch of a 'forgotten food', edible seaweed, and its potential to become the next consumer must-have. Stimulate Surprise is presented in conjunction with an ambitious new work titled, A Misunderstood Weed, 2016, an installation of a domestic scale seaweed farm, grown in IBC tanks. The political dimensions of Rees’ ongoing investigation into edible seaweed stems from the fact that it is considered by many scientists a viable option for helping solve global food shortages and yet remains a largely unexplored resource in the West. Ingrained in Rees’ work is the acknowledgment of the ambivalence of politics towards such suggested alternative possibilities.

The sculptural work, The Artist's Artist's Artist, 2016, a lump of plasticine, spinning on a record player, presents a wry introduction into Rees' painting works on display. Presented for the first time together, Rees' Artex paintings are exhibited along side the photographic documentation of the paintings in their owner's homes. The series of photographs Intended Circulation, 2013 - ongoing, the migration of the Artex pattern through different social signifiers, (from a council flat to collector's walls), completing the conceptual cycle of the work.

With the generous support of: Arts Council of Wales

Dan Rees (Swansea, UK, 1982) lives and works in London. He studied at Camberwell College Of Arts, London Institute (2001-2004) and at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt (2007-2009).
Solo Exhibition (selection): Think Local, Act Global, MOT International, Bruxelles, 2015; Stimulate Surprise, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 2015; Top Heavy, T293, Rome, 2013; High Tea, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, 2013; Kelp, The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 2013.
Group Exhibition (selection): Atlante delle immagini e delle forme, GAMeC, Bergamo, 2016; By Boat (farewell), Joségarcia, Maxico City, 2015; I Never Lie To You, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2015; Un Nouveau festival / Extension du domaine du jeu, Espace 315 – Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2015; THE GO-BETWEEN. A selection of emerging international artists from the Ernesto Esposito Collection, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, 2014.

Assistant curator: Claudia Fiasca and Elisa Genovesi
Press office: Maria Elena Croci


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