About the Exhibition

The Dictionary of Received Ideas
15 – 18 July 2010
Private view: Thursday, 15 July from 6-9pm / Open hours: 11am – 5pm daily
Q : 5-8 Lower John Street, W1F

The Dictionary of Received Ideas celebrates the independent and diverse practices of the Goldsmiths College MFA Curating Programme. The exhibition has abandoned an overarching thematic agenda to encourage an array of curatorial approaches and ideas. For four days, Q will host a series of individual projects between curator and artist, performances, and talks. An appropriate venue for The Dictionary of Received Ideas, Q’s interior as a former antiquarian bookshop has engaged participants to respond uniquely to the site.

Taking its title from Gustave Flaubert’s satirical text The Dictionary of Received Ideas, the exhibition highlights artistic oppositions and establishes a narrative between these explorations.  Working against uniformity, the project takes on the ironical clichés of what group exhibition making can be. The Dictionary of Received Ideas intermixes a variety of mediums – painting, drawing, installation, video, and sculpture. This collusion of objects and ideas is an intentionally messy manner in which to understand that each curator and artist produces work that is distinctly their own.

Molly Bretton • Joey Holder | Zoe Charaktinou • Nicolas Vass | Caryn Coleman • Darren Banks | Matteo Consonni • Candida Powell-Williams. Kianoosh Motallebi, Elisabetta Alazraki | Bridget Donlon • Charlotte Warne Thomas | Patrick Gibson • Garrett Phelan | Hannah Gruy • Eloise Hawser | Oliver Martinez Kandt • Ben Cain,   Michael Dean,   Bradley Pitts | Thom O’nions | Matteo Pollini • Koki Tanaka | Pavel S. Pyś • Tymek Borowski | Bérénice Saliou • Guillaume Soulatges & Nadia Agnolet | Erica Shiozaki •James Wright | Ana Luiza Teixeira de Freitas • Elena Damiani | Ming-Jiun Tsai • Johann Arens | Dan Wang • Jasmine Cheng

Caryn Coleman –
Patrick Gibson – patrick@paradiserow.com