Taking as materials the whole system by which art is distributed, existing artworks are purchased from the margins of international art power and reconfigured for worldwide markets to fund a part-clandestine evisceration of contemporary art’s globalising mission. Through this ongoing insurgent enterprise, cultural exchange is explicitly perverted by the underlying colonial trading patterns that it usually masks. Art here is ecologically contingent within its networked reality. Counter-manipulating imperial interdependencies of art and war, a conspiracy of consequences is set in motion that extends beyond the work’s as yet visible horizons.
Christopher Kulendran Thomas (born 1979, based in London) studied at the MFA program in Fine Art at Goldsmiths (University of London). One of the UK’s most promising up-and-coming artists, his recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Banner Repeater (London), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin), Mercer Union (Toronto) and Boetzelaer|Nispen (Amsterdam).
On Monday, May 6th at 7:00pm Thomas will present a lecture titled “Ecology, Democracy & Art After Spectatorship”