Southard Reid is pleased to present Edward Thomasson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition includes recent works on paper alongside Pressure, 2016, a new video that explores how feelings are managed and organised in mutually beneficial relationships. Constructed and recorded on the set of his play, Volunteers, 2016, at David Roberts Art Foundation earlier this year, the video employs text and song to describe three fictional situations in which people voluntarily allow themselves to be used by other people. The video is part of a recent body of work that incorporates painting, theatre-making and video production to describe how exchanges are staged between individuals.
Documentation of Volunteers, staged at David Roberts Art Foundation on 2 April 2016, is available to view on the gallery website for the duration of the exhibition.
Edward Thomasson was born in Stoke-on-Trent, UK in 1985. Recent performances include Volunteers, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2016, and Escape Routes, Southard Reid at The Indian YMCA, London, 2015. His solo exhibitions include The Present Tense, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2014; Just About Managing, Southard Reid, London, 2012 and Inside, South London Gallery, 2012. Selected group shows includeThe Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, 2015 and Coded Conduct, Pilar Corrias, London, 2013. Thomasson also collaborates with Lucy Beech. Recent presentations of their work have been staged at Maureen Paley, London; SITE Gallery, Sheffield; Tent, Rotterdam; Southard Reid/Frieze Live, London; Camden Arts Centre, London and Barbican Theatre, London.
Pressure, 2016, was kindly supported by The Elephant Trust.
Volunteers, 2016, performed at David Roberts Art Foundation, April 2016