Following their selection for Motorcade Flash Parade’s National Open 2011, we invited artists Gordon Dalton and Tom Goddard to participate in and curate a show of artists from Wales in their respective curatorial guises as Mermaid & Monster and Cerbyd.
THE MAN DON’T GIVE A FUCK takes its title from the Super Furry Animals song of the same name. The single’s front cover featured Cardiff City FC player, Robin Friday, defiantly flicking a ‘V’ sign. The song has become an alternative Welsh national anthem, full of attitude, protest and ‘don’t give a shit’ sense of humour.
The artists in THE MAN DON’T GIVE A FUCK share similar sensibilities. Their work is laced with a melancholic humour that questions its intentions or seriousness. It can be adolescent, scruffy and surly. Using an often offhand approach, their work denies any superficial finesse to reveal a love of an awkward, vulnerable imagery.
There is an anxious contradiction on show, with the work being self conscious of what it is, yet disregarding any angst by replacing it with a certain nonchalance.
This vulnerability, combined with a disarming humour and confrontational approach prompts further questions. What it is to be understood what is it to be (dis)liked, loved or respected?
Thursday 26th April
Pre-preview critique: 6 - 7pm
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April
12 – 6pm daily