Farah Atassi, Brian Bress, Derek Fordjour, Genevieve Gaignard, Sayre Gomez, Nicholas Hatfull, John Seal, Alake Shilling
Josh Lilley is pleased to present Fun House, a group exhibition of eight international artists, most of whom will be shown in the UK for the first time.
The Fun House is a place of nonlinear cues and surprise reveals, a place where things come out in the swirl. An unusual angle or caught reflection reveals purity and grace inside of something thick, dense, layered or chaotic. The distortion of the Fun House mirror is not fun, it is often grotesque or confusing. But it’s still a mirror.
This exhibition took its theme from two sources: the 1970 record “Fun House” by the Stooges, in which delirious grooves summoned flames of cultural free fall as the hippie dream crumbled; and the British afterschool gameshow “Fun House”, a messy technicolour treat for kids that spanned the grey end of Thatcherism and the burlesque of prosperity under Tony Blair.
Like the fun houses before it, this exhibition speaks of the raw meat of capitalism, the mania of desire, the quicksand of identity, and the need for an apparatus to process the world in a moment of intense acceleration. Come join the fun.