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Please come to the gallery on Friday 17 October from 9 – 12 midnight for a party to celebrate our new exhibition OPTIMISM: The Art of Our Time.

Entertainment on the night provided by:
Matthew Stone
Louis Enchanté
Napoleon Bonerparte (Merok Wrecking Crew)
House Anxiety Records

The exhibition runs Wednesday 15 – Monday 20 October and will be open daily 8 am – 8 pm with work by James Balmforth, Tom Barnett, Andreas Blank, Thomas Brock, Bobby Dowler, Christopher Green, Oliver Griffin, Marcus Kleinfeld, Shaun McDowell, Michael Allen & Daniel Schwitzer, Robin Shepherd, Matthew Stone, Henry Stringer, Viktor Timofeev, Awst & Walther and Edward Wallace.
We hope you can be with us on Friday evening. If not please come and see the show while it is
open. Directions to the gallery can be found at the end of this email.
OPTIMISM: THE ART OF OUR TIME is an exhibition celebrating optimism with all its positive and negative implications, historical burden and importance for the future.

It explores the role of optimism in both our engagement with art and the circumstances of its
creation; its importance as a personal philosophy, and its wider value for the world we live in.

The works evaluate the present and acknowledge the past, but most importantly look to the future as the exhibition embraces the idea that interaction, communication and therefore art are possible. This Optimism is dynamic as much as it is solemn.

The show sees a group of artists utilising the catalytic potential and communicative possibilities of optimism and expressing it in painting, sculpture, printing, drawing,photography and video. The theoretical stance is matched with solid craftsmanship and the use of elemental materials: gold, glass, stone, metal, concrete and wood.

Through an unequivocally sincere take on the theme the exhibition makes a determined stand
against cynicism and apathy. Serving as a rejection of these symptoms of our time, ‘Optimism’
encompasses the artists’ conviction in the capacity of their work to comment on the contemporary circumstances of its creation.

A collection of essays exploring the potential and importance of optimism in our time and in relation to art will be published to coincide with the show.

Directions to the gallery>

Hannah Barry Gallery
Unit 9i
Copeland Industrial Park
133 Copeland Road
London SE15 3SN
Tel: +44 7850 639 570


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