MOCA London

Roberto Ekholm, Sally Kindberg and Dillwyn Smith
Curated by Sally Kindberg
3 October - 2 November 2019
Late Friday 4 October 2 – 8 pm

Private view: Sunday 13 Oct, 2 - 4 pm

Artists conversation lead by Anna Ricciardi
Welcome drinks at 6.30 pm. Discussion starts at 7pm prompt..
Book ticket (Free):

meɪkʌp at MOCA London features new work by London-based artists, Sally Kindberg, Dillwyn Smith and Roberto Ekholm, each of whom regard a material practice as a search for transcendent potential.

The use of the phonetic spelling of the noun and verb of ‘makeup’ hints at the artists’ shared interest in structural, linguistic and diagrammatical processes which might move a form from a state of individual parts or conceptual ideas, through to something else or as yet entirely unknown. This new state could be a different composition or arrangement, an alchemical shift, a manifestation through to full-blown objecthood. Equally, the same word might refer to something in reverse of this; a critical breakdown of components, elements, a disintegration to the intangible, or simply getting to the guts of a matter, so to speak. The works in meɪkʌp each carefully trace the back and forth of cultural lineages and histories of meaning-making through the use of MOCA’s unique gallery space, to explore what it means to work out, break down and makeup.


Michael Petry

Published by Thames & Hudson

Case study#34 (Prana) is featured in newly released book The WORD is Art

A fascinating global overview of how contemporary artists incorporate text and language into work that speaks to some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.

There has been much scaremongering about the ‘death of the book’ and how, as words find new ways and means of transmission, people might gradually begin to shun writing. In the digital age, text becomes information, and information strives to become free. But what value can text hold in the sphere of visual art? How is such text different to poetry? Can the poetic itself be visual art, or is text in this context consigned to the realms of gimmick and catchphrase?

Looking at the work of a broad range of artists including, Ghada Amer, Fiona Banner, Tania Bruguera, Chun Kwang Young, Martin Creed, eL Seed, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Jospeh Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, Christian Marclay, Annette Messager, Harland Miller, Raymond Pettibon, Laure Prouvost, Kay Rosen, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Wool, Cerith Wyn Evans, Zhang Huan and many more,