Accidentally on Purpose

Friday 27 July 2012 to Sunday 07 October 2012

Accidentally on Purpose
27 July – 7 October 2012
Exhibition in QUAD Gallery
Curated by Candice Jacobs and Fay Nicolson, produced in collaboration with QUAD

Featuring: Becky Beasley, Rachel Lois Clapham & Emma Cocker, Karen Cunningham, Michael Dean, Cyprien Gaillard, Ryan Gander, Paul Graham, Jonathan Monk, Rose O’Gallivan, Edit Oderbolz, Dan Rees, Clunie Reid, George Shaw, and Ryszard Wasko.

Accidentally on Purpose is an exhibition that will examine the relationship between success and failure through the use of common place materials and repetitive processes, exploring recurring problems and the strategies for (re)approaching them.
Accidentally on Purpose takes its title from an American Sitcom that is situated in the banality of the everyday. The Sitcom characters strive to make the best of unfortunate situations, repetitively re-negotiating the uncertainty of their lives. The desire for escapism through the mass media and episodic formulas suggests an interesting context and approach to this exhibition. Curators Candice Jacobs and Fay Nicolson have selected works that embrace intentional mistakes whilst challenging aesthetic decisions, sincere gestures or logical actions. 

Alongside the main exhibition there will be a programme of public events, films, talks, performances and commissioned artist soundtracks. There will also be a specially commissioned web project that will involve 100 artists, writers and curators.

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