Bad News

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Bad News

1733 - A Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
May 7th, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Opening: May 7th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

santa monica/venice
+1 310 399 0294
Tue-Sat 11-6 and by appointment.
installation, sculpture


Marine Contemporary is delighted to present Bad News, the debut U.S solo show for
U.K based collective littlewhitehead. Where littlewhitehead often unashamedly
appropriate media images and represent them as hyperreal sculptures, this is not as
politically preaching as it may appear. Littlewhitehead are children of the 80’s:
brought up on a diet of video nasties, computer games and the post-industrial
landscape of socialist Glasgow. Their work is the product of a very idiosyncratic and
private dialogue, where with an encyclopedic range of references, they discuss
shared ideas until they have inspiration for a work. As a result, all of their work is
steeped in their very own brand of dark humor. It is through such humor, that they
manage to negate any particular ideological position and instead foster reflection on
many ontological and ideological absurdities.

Bad News brings together a selection of new work by littlewhitehead. The Glasgow
based duo have a knack for summoning up our collective fears in their cryptic,
humorous style. Indeed, a glut of bad news preceded the making of the work and in
turn formed the foundations for the show. Although the news was very personal, it
allowed them to notice the misfortune of others more readily. Fueled by their own
misery, they began consuming the adversities of others and bearing them as their
own. Drunk on misfortune and in delirious insomnia, the artists embarked on a
journey that took them to the darkest recesses of the human mind. Viewers are
invited to enter the dark, twisted, violent universe of littlewhitehead and witness bad
news. Come listen to their woes....
littlewhitehead is Craig Little (b. 1980, Glasgow, Scotland) and Blake Whitehead
(b.1985, Lanark, Scotland). Recent solo shows include The London Art Fair / London
with Sumarria Lunn, 2011, The Gilt Hole Complex, Arcan Mellor, London, 2010,
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art / Sunderland, 2010 and and So Many Fellows
Find Themselves / K Gallery / Milan, 2009. Recent group shows include Modern
British Sculpture / Gimpel Fils / London, 2011, Newspeak: British Art Now at the
Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010, Newspeak: British Art Now / The Hermitage / St
Petersburg, 2009. They are the recipients of the Scottish Arts Council Creative
Development Grant in 2009 and 2008. Littlewhitehead are being included in the
upcoming book 100 New Artists by U.K. critic Francesca Gavin. 100 New Artists
highlights new themes, media, imagery, and ideas emerging in contemporary art
practice. They also have with an upcoming show at Seven Art Ltd/ New Delhi in
November, 2011. They currently live and work in Glasgow, Scotland.