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HERE Opening event
Saturday 25th November 2023
4 - 5pm: Jan Robert Leegte with Pita Arreola (Digital Art Curator, V&A)
5 - 6pm: Haroon Mirza with Kostas Kostas Stasinopoulos (Curator, Serpentine)
6 - 10pm: DJ set by AHMD (Artists Eddie Peake, Prem Sahib and George Henry Longly)
Free & Open to Public
25 - 26 Nov 2023
9 Cork St
London W1S 3LL
Verse is delighted to present the works of the self-taught Australian artist, Joe Pease. His creative output is a fusion of the natural world, architectural elements, and urban scenery, all expertly intertwined with surrealist filmmaking techniques. Employing stop motion, visual effects, and the art of collaging footage, Pease masterfully constructs fragmented narratives that captivate the imagination.
One of the defining characteristics of Joe Pease's artistic journey is his reluctance to be confined by any singular stylistic category. Drawing inspiration from early influences such as Girl Skateboards (1993), Pease's creative evolution was significantly shaped by the interplay between skateboarding sequences and Spike Jonze's imaginative skits. This catalyzed an enduring fascination with Spike Jonze's body of work, prompting Pease to explore and closely follow the trajectory of Jonze's career.
This work is presented as part of HERE, an event dedicated to digital art taking place at 9 Cork Street, Frieze Gallery in London. This event represents an extension of Verse's ongoing partnership with galleries and artists who have shown dedication to fostering the growth of digital art within the contemporary art scene.
At its core, Joe Pease's work explores the very essence of contemporary existence. It contemplates the paradoxical experience of solitude within an increasingly bustling world, poetically referencing the ease with which we can become ensnared in the monotonous routine of daily life, often without pausing to reflect.
Pease invites us to ponder the intricate patterns we unwittingly weave in our lives, with the recognition that amidst these patterns, there exist contrasts and absurdities that offer profound insights into the human condition.