no time like the present

online group exhibition
Public gallery

PUBLIC Gallery presents NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, a digital exhibition aiming to help stimulate connection and engagement during this unprecedented period of physical isolation being experienced worldwide.

Spanning a wide range of media – including drawing, painting, textile, photography, video and sculpture – this group exhibition brings together over 50 artists from around the world, all of which have been invited to create one physical work and one video in response to the current reality.

The environment in which art is being made has changed. For the time being, many artists are without access to their studios, regular materials and like everybody else the ability to continue with their ‘everyday lives’. Yet artists adapt; now working in new spaces, using things at hand and with a newfound opportunity to experiment as all physical commitments are on hold.

When the world emerges from this state of limbo it will no doubt be different. In these new works artists question the modes of life which have contributed to the current state of affairs, explore their own personal stories before, during and after isolation, contemplate the defining challenges for cultures re-emerging from quarantine, and imagine new ways of living.

The videos created act in some instances as independent works, in others as extensions of the physical works, as well as snippets of life under lockdown and the feelings that have come to fruition. While each creation is in some way an individual response all ultimately act as a symbol of our interconnected whole, the fact that no one is immune to the risk as there are underlying biological and chemical realities that bind us – a reflection that should stay with us long after the crisis passes.

Presented as a standalone online experience, NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT brings these new works and videos together to form a unique snapshot of how artists react and adapt to such changes; how they process and question this unparalleled situation from their individual and shared perspectives.

As the artist and theorist Ian Alan Paul aptly states: ‘Now is a time for imagination, invention, and experimentation, leveraging each as a means of producing new kinds of knowledge about our situation and new modes of struggle within it.’