Screen Memory

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Simon Lee
Screen Memory

12 Berkeley Street
W1J 8DT London
February 10th, 2017 - March 11th, 2017
Opening: February 9th, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

+44 020 7491 0100
Mon-Sat 10-6


Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce Screen Memory, a group exhibition that reflects upon how multi-generational artists have engaged with the complex notion of collective memory. Working across painting, photography, installation and video, the artists each have very distinct approaches yet collectively reveal the paradoxical ways in which individual and shared memories are retrieved and intersect.

The exhibition title Screen Memory is a Freudian term for a particular recollection that masks deeper psychologically significant memories. Within Freud’s theorem memories overlay and obscure each other, but vestiges of hidden layers rise to the top and coalesce. Here, the theory is used as a loose analogy for the ways in which shared and personal memories similarly commingle in the art object. It also refers to the kinds of flat surfaces and literal screens used within the exhibition – in this way, these screens can be seen as planes in which latent and manifest content are contiguous and the distinction between collective and personal content is blurred.

The appropriation art of the post-modern era tended toward a hijacking or disfiguring of mass media images and a sense of psychological distance. Screen Memory however focuses on the lateral and idiosyncratic aspects of quotation and recollection; from the flat effect of simulation and the disquieting effects of fragmentary reminiscence, to the absurd and humorous distortions and ruptures as familiar images intertwine with flights of imagination.


Richard Artschwager was born in 1923, Washington D.C and died in 2013 in Albany, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Punctuating Space: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, NY (2015); Richard Artschwager (Curated by Adam McEwen), David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY (2014) ; Richard Artschwager: No More Running Man, Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Ave, New York, NY (2014); Richard Artschwager!, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Monaco National Musée Nouveau, Monaco (2012) and Hair, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2010).