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Massaging The Message

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Massaging The Message

45 Grange Road
Bermondsey
London SE1 3BH
United Kingdom
December 8th, 2017 - December 17th, 2017
Opening: December 7th, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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077131 89249
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Open every Thursday to Sunday 3pm - 7.30pm during exhibitions, or by appointment
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Free

DESCRIPTION

The Magma Group seek to examine to what extent Marshall McLuhan’s well known phrase ‘The Medium is The Message’ applies to fine art. This is explored in their exhibition of paintings and sculpture at their private view at Arthouse1. McLuhan said ‘Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of…media…than by the content of the communication’. However The Magma Group ‘…whilst not denigrating the role of medium in the ultimate work, credit other aspects with having equal input…in the transmission of its message…’ says art writer/critic Anna McNay. She further points out that the group believes ‘…expressive use of feeling,…’  a well developed idea and ‘…sensitive ..handling of the artist’s medium’ are all necessary to get the artist’s message across.

McLuhan says ‘All media work over us completely. They are so pervasive…that they leave no part of us untouched,,,The medium is the massage’. McNay feels this re definition or pun on McLuhan’s original phrase is highly appropriate when applied to fine art. She further expounds ‘the word ‘magma’ comes from the Greek ‘massein’ meaning ‘to knead’. She says, ‘[The Magma Group] …knead and massage their materials until the message appears’.

These ideas will be further explored in a symposium on 12th December with guest speakers including Professor Michael Archer, (Goldsmith’s College London), Anna McNay, Assistant Editor Art Quarterly/freelance art writer, and Michael Glover, Art critic for The Independent, writer and poet.

The Magma Group was founded in 2011 and is made up of artists from France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and the UK, some of whom have shown at the Venice Biennale.

 

SYMPOSIUM TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Guest speakers include Anna McNay, Michael Archer and Michael Glover