Lorna MillsDashing Blades

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 - 26t Nov 2023

9 Cork St
London W1S 3LL

TRANSFER is delighted to present Lorna Mills, a longstanding artist closely associated with the gallery since its establishment in 2013. TRANSFER has played a crucial role in showcasing Mills' historical pieces and placing her works in prestigious institutions like the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Lorna Mills has been an internationally recognized artist, participating in solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990s. Her artistic practice spans a wide spectrum of media, encompassing print, painting, film, video, and online animated GIFs, which she also incorporates into her installation work.

Dashing Blades 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.

For HERE, TRANSFER will be presenting a selection of works indicative of Lorna’s practice. Lorna Mills' animated GIF compositions encapsulate her intense exploration of subcultures, perpetual absurdity, unceasing anxiety, human fallibility, and playful primates. These compositions are crafted from diverse online sources and showcase a constant state of flux, with unique and unusual elements rapidly oscillating between the universal and the specific.

Lorna Mills' artistic approach revolves around repurposing visual content she discovers on the internet. Her work serves as a commentary on the overwhelming abundance of images and videos readily available online. These creations possess a peculiar and often whimsical quality, highlighting the inherent absurdity within the digital imagery landscape.

What distinguishes Mills' art is its deliberate divergence from sexual themes. Although her pieces may bear the hallmarks of the traditional male perspective, they undergo a transformation through her unique female viewpoint. This inversion of the conventional male gaze narrative introduces a compelling layer of complexity, prompting viewers to reevaluate their assumptions about imagery, gender, and societal norms.

*Upalong Orange_1920*, 2023

Upalong Orange_1920, 2023

*Talent Hunt*, 2022

Talent Hunt, 2022

*Nein Brotman Nein*, 2023

Nein Brotman Nein, 2023


Lorna Mills

Canadian artist Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990s, both in Canada and internationally. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film and video, and obsessive online animated GIFs incorporated into restrained off-line installation work. Recent exhibitions include “Dreamlands” at the...
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TRANSFER exhibits simulation and expanded practice in contemporary art and maintains a decentralized data trust. Founded by Kelani Nichole in 2013, TRANSFER’s mission is to support artists examining the social, cultural and political implications of emerging technology. Established in 2023, the TRANSFER Data Trust is a peer-to-peer archive backed by an artist-owned cooperative trust. We’re...
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