Things Happen All the Time
Ana Milenkovic, Georgia Gendall, Harry Grundy, Oliver Hoffmeister
14.06.2024–06.07.2024


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Things Happen All the Time 
Ana Milenkovic  |  Georgia Gendall  |  Harry Grundy  |  Oliver Hoffmeister

Opening: Thursday 13 June 2024  6 – 9pm
14 June – 6 July 2024


Slugtown are pleased to present
Things Happen All the Time, a group exhibition of four artists based across the UK: Ana Milenkovic, Georgia Gendall, Harry Grundy and Oliver Hoffmeister.  In a climate defined by global turmoil, chaos, and confusion, in each artist’s practice they ask what it means to cede control – whether through technology, material, belief, or by the removal of the artist’s hand completely.

 



Ana Milenkovic’s paintings examine how public and cultural figures who represent a society are 
mythologised in the media – held up as heroes and villains or otherwise dehumanised, and are based upon fragments from press photographs and her own objects and images. Torn out of context, familiar figures and objects can be interpreted according to the viewer’s beliefs and assumptions. Milenkovic is interested in heroisms, in particular those taking our assumed values and principles to extremes, transitioning from the mundane to the extraordinary. The imbalanced compositions, in which protagonists play secondary role, reflect the artist’s struggle to process data received through the media and her own social interactions. The rush of fractured information and the unabating speed in which it is delivered results in a tendency to sensationalise in favour of considered opinions, informed decisions and lasting emotions.

Georgia Gendall’s practice is rooted in the rural landscape of Cornwall – where she grew up and now lives and works.  Georgia uses event structures, sculptures, performance, video and social practice to bring people together.  She  creates multi-sensory encounters that focus on how the art intervention can draw attention to, subvert, celebrate or disrupt a context to embody queerness and unravelling our preconceptions of the rural as idyll.  

Harry Grundy is a Margate based artist working in the natural world in a deeply unnatural time. He is interested in how the green touches the grey and how human behaviour stirs the two together. With a background in design, ideas are treated with a rigorous honesty and crafted with a graphic eye. Centering his practice around rural and coastal ecologies, Harry asks the viewer to look closely and critically at our relationship with this phenomenal world.

Oliver Hoffmeister is a painter-printmaker living and working between Newcastle and London. His work focuses on the obscure nature of the imagined image, with particular reference to the artist’s conceived imagery. Pulling influence from the plethora of visual stimuli that we interact with both passively and actively everyday, he allows his subconscious to derive images without a system of hierarchy. Creating art in an act reminiscent of ‘daydreaming’, these images tend to shift and masquerade as something other, whilst remaining self-contained.