Ibid Gallery presents Christopher Orr at West Bund, Shanghai

Christopher Orr, Nail House. Installation view.

Ibid Gallery, London

Ibid Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in

West Bund Art and Design

with a special project entitled

Nail House:
Christopher Orr

9-13 November 2016
Preview 8 November

Ibid Gallery presents Nail House, a solo project by represented artist Christopher Orr. Based on the Chinese neologism for ‘stubborn nails,’ individuals who refuse to relocate for development purposes. The term grew to symbolize resistance, risk-taking, and the performative qualities of living one’s life according to the principles one believes in, standing ground and not budging neither for government nor convention.

Christopher Orr embodies these traits through his trenchant curiosity and the rigorous research he puts into the subjects of his paintings. Orr’s characters come to realize this leitmotif of atomistic resistance with the idiosyncratic activities they take part in, where protagonists are lost in a moment of pure reverie, bewilderment or discovery, and of transition, between worlds or memories.

Common to Orr’s exhibition installations is a wall painted a muted, mossy green. In this instance, the interior of the nail house will be painted such a green, linking it to Monopoly board game houses. It serves as a direct reference to the market, real and simulated, where a property is being knocked down or confiscated by a stronger opponent. The nail house phenomenon and Orr’s work are linked to a romanticized notion of the individual, who by chance or by choice are caught up in a moment much larger than themselves.

Christopher Orr, born in Scotland in 1967, lives and works in London. He attended the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland and obtained an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in London. Recent solo shows include Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (2014), Light Shining Darkly, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, CH (2013), A Painting Cycle, Nomas, Rome, IT (2012), Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, CH (2010). Group shows include focus (3-6), Ibid Gallery, London, UK (2016), ArtSway at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT (2011);BIGMINIS, CAPC, Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux, Bordeaux, FR, No New Thing Under the Sun, Royal Academy of Arts, London (both 2010); and Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London (2006).


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