Santiego's Dead Wasp Write-Up of SAFE...

Matt Dalby has written about the Super Awesome Fun Exhibition in his blog Santiego’s Dead Wasp: On Wednesday Super Awesome Fun Exhibition [SAFE] opened at Kraak. It’s the first time I’ve been to Kraak since Queer in August. The exhibition has a definite handmade feel to it. Anecdotally this seems to be part of a movement toward a humanisation and increased emotional intelligence in art that seems to be happening at present. Right in front of you as you enter the space and reaching into all parts is a complex cats-cradle of thin nylon rope. This I believe is the work of Dominic O’Grady, one of four artists in the show. Whether you think of a natural form like cobwebs, or an unnatural form like a ship’s rigging, of the order of a three-dimensional model of an interconnected online world, or of the insanity at the heart of Patrick McGrath’s Spider (or David Cronenberg’s film with it’s great performance from Ralph Fiennes), there’s no doubt the piece is richly allusive. It’s also perhaps easily ignored. Although that might have been the presence of a tv crew lighting the space more strongly than would otherwise be the case. Later when they’d gone it seemed like the lights fell mostly on the centre of the arrangement drawing your eye more effectively. Closer to the entrance and running counter-clockwise across half the space are super-inflated reproductions of photographs each made up of dozens of A4 sheets collaged together. These are of handmade instruments and modifications to instruments taken by Florian Fusco during his interviews with sound artists and musicians across the northwest during his recent residency at Kraak. At least two of the photos are of Paddy Steer‘s equipment. If you’re not familiar with Paddy’s work you...

Photos of the Super Awesome Fun Exhibition...

Photos of the exhibition launch which happened 8th December...

Super Awesome Fun Exhibition Promo Videos...

Super Awesome Fun Exhibition Promo from Kraak Gallery on Vimeo. Super Awesome Fun Exhibition Teaser No.1 from Kraak Gallery on Vimeo. Super Awesome Fun Exhibition Teaser No.2 from Kraak Gallery on Vimeo. Super Awesome Fun Exhibition Teaser No.3 from Kraak Gallery on...