London’s Muse Gallery has announced that it will show a solo collection of works by Rob Birch entitled Everybody Gets What Nobody Wants. The exhibition will run from 15th March – 1st April 2018.
Rob Birch is a British artist who uses the visual as a means of challenging received notions of truth and reality. He is researching the effects of the Brexit referendum and subsequent result on our understanding of identity and subjectivity and their expression within the portrait genre.
Birch’s work has been described as visual skepticism. Articulating something that is real but does not yet exist in the real world, it is a knowledge that understands that truth is reliant upon context, experience and fearlessness. It also expresses the understanding that ‘art’ is not made, but found.
By layering paintings and found photographs into digital collages, he creates new meanings and questions the authenticity of identity. Global leaders are using democracy as an exercise in nostalgia that has paralysed political imagination and resulted in a global identity crisis.
The works in this exhibition are a response to the cause and effect of this crisis and challenge notions of identity in post-Brexit Britain.
Established in 2003, the Muse combines a unique creative and commercial concept under one roof. While the gallery provides exhibition space for contemporary artists at any stage of their professional career, the studio’s residency program provides support for recent graduates.
The Muse Gallery is at 269 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR.