‘Present Tense’ showcases contemporary painting and photography and includes works by Lisa Milroy, Steven Pippin, Magnus Quaife, Jefferey Camp and Robert Priseman. The exhibition challenges the idea that contemporary art is elitist or incomprehensible. Starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall and looking at history and society, the exhibition investigates the way artists continue to react to the world around them and create new realities.
The exhibition features Steven Pippin’s Turner Prize nominated series ‘Walking Naked (Laundromat Locomotion). Robert Priseman’s ‘Home’ series, a group of 6 small and elaborately framed paintings showing houses where notorious crimes have taken place, will be exhibited for the first time in the gallery. We will also be displaying Magnus Quaife’s “1969 and Other Myths”, recently presented to Swindon by the Contemporary Art Society.
Thorough painting and photography, the exhibition will examine how everyday life, place, memory and repetition influence contemporary British art.
The exhibition showcases painting and photography produced since 1990s and in the collection of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.