Since becoming the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in November 2009, Seamus Harahan has been developing a series of new films. Blue Eyes is the first of a series of short films from Harahan’s 2010 Hopefield / Waterworks footage. The two young men have been locked in the park and are trying to communicate to an unseen person across the lake. Focusing on their wild gestures, Harahan presents a comic visual narrative that is undercut by a pulsating soundtrack. The work takes its title from the accompanying music, Blue Eyes by Tubeway Army, a London-based punk rock and new wave band fronted by lead singer Gary Numan, and active between 1976 and 1979. Seamus Harahan is based in Belfast; he has had two solo shows at Gimpel Fils and represented Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2005.
littlewhitehead are Glasgow-based artists Craig Little and Blake Whitehead. littlewhitehead's hyper-real sculptures combine the macabre and the darkly comic in order to disarm us. Utilising imagery from television, film and the mass media, their work brings scenarios that are usually experienced at a distance, into our immediate environment. They have stated that “we want to beat you up – visually”, and works such as Any Last Thoughts, exhibited here, certainly challenge our complicity in the global systems that allow violence not only to occur, but to be presented as entertainment. littlewhitehead had their first solo show at Gimpel Fils in 2009 and their work is currently included in Newspeak: British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Lucy Stein’s paintings and drawings engage with the contradictions and paradoxes of being female in the 21st century. Depicting young women engaged in a range of activities, be they joyful, sensual, sexual, or intellectual, Stein’s work cumulatively constitutes a rebuttal against cloned femininity. Preferring instead to depict wilfully eccentric women and wounded decadents, Stein’s protagonists seem at odds with the supposedly ‘real’ world. In order to navigate her way through the complicated and often contradictory terrain of female self-awareness and representation, Stein utilizes humour and sometimes overwrought theatricality. Her work expresses not just facts, but also feelings. Lucy Stein has exhibited widely, most recently in Rive Gauche / Rive Droite, an exhibition of works by 27 international artists in 6 unique locations across Paris, and Cut Out Her Eyes, Cut Off His Penis!, with Andrew Gilbert, in Berlin.