Exhibition – Richard Ducker

3rd February 2016 @ 15:00 – 19:00
45 Grange Rd
London SE1 3BH
Rebecca Fairman
020 7231 4321


A solo exhibition by Richard Ducker

Language is not to be trusted. And sculpture is dumb.

Conduit. Florescent acrylic, rotating base plinth

Conduit. Florescent acrylic, rotating base plinth

For Richard Ducker the authentic self is constantly in a state of flux existing somewhere between fabrication and erasure, reality and myth. As an extension of autobiography in a symbiotic dependency with the work, it is in constant competition with itself. Displaced, memory falls out of sync in a collapse of the present into the past. Language becomes an alien form while sculpture performs as a prop on the set of a sci-fi metaphor. There is a slippage in the space-time fabric. The conduit, the receiver, the prism through which time fragments, is geometric and translucent. It is a rotating philosopher’s stone, through which another authorial voice is revealed: the past lives of the artist*. Contact is attempted.

Connecting these discrete elements is a wall text. However, the words are untrustworthy, devious, and are out to mislead. Unspecified surveillance permeates the spliced extracts from the writings of the ‘Heavens Gate’ cult, and ‘clippings’ from the artist’s own spam box and Facebook feed. Contact is attempted.

These elastic narratives within the autobiographical, of adopted memories and constructed myths, are locked into a spectacle of theatrical interplay. The sculptural object as staged prop, the linguistic deficit, and the curatorial directive of the private, all contribute to this brackish movement of history as fiction, rendering the present unstable and imprecise. With recall and displacement having their effect, it is the sense of ‘wrong place, wrong time’ that prevails.Contact failed.

Criminal Record Archives 2016

Criminal Record Archives 2016

Richard Ducker has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally, including the following: Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Serpentine Gallery; Royal Academy, Edinburgh; Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; The Kitchen, New York; The Yard Gallery, Nottingham; Katherine E Nash
Gallery, Minnesota, USA; Flowers Central; Cell Project Space; Standpoint Gallery; CGP; Anthony Reynolds Gallery; Angus-Hughes Gallery, Coleman Projects; and dalla Rosa Gallery. Richard Ducker also curates under the name of Fieldgate Gallery, which he founded in 2006.Join us for this theatrical display of dumb sculpture and words that get stuck in the throat.
*Past lives reading by Michelle Hawcroft recorded at the College of Psychic Studies.

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