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The Heong Gallery, Downing College, CB2 1DQ Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
From the short stories in Louise Bourgeois’ He Disappeared into Complete Silence to the sources for Glenn Ligon’s prints and neons, find out how works in the exhibition engage with and disrupt narratives.
DO I HAVE TO DRAW YOU A PICTURE?
The eighth exhibition at the Heong Gallery engages with themes of communication,
breakdown of communication, and isolation. It brings together a collection of contemporary American and British prints from the British Museum, and works in various media from private lenders, including prints, postcards, books, diagrammatic drawing, sign painting, tape recording, neon, LED, enamel plaques, bunting, and campaign posters.
Artists include Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Eduardo Paolozzi, Grayson Perry RA, Ed Ruscha, Wolfgang Tillmans, and others.
The rise of mass and electronic media meant that artists were no longer required for the transmission of objective content. Artists in this exhibition make communication and its technologies the medium and subject of their work. For these artists, as for thinkers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Marshall McLuhan, communication is never straightforward. From Louise Bourgeois' parables of personal relationships He disappeared into complete silence (1947-2005) to Bob and Roberta Smith’s open Letter to Michael Gove (2015) and Wolfgang Tillmans' pro-EU posters (2016), the exhibition explores the potential and limitations of communication in making connections across distances — whether they be psychological, cultural or geographical — and art’s own role in ensuring that 'no man is an island'.