23 November - 19 January 2019
For his third solo exhibition at andriesse ~ eyck galerie, artist Rory Pilgrim creates an exhibition as part of the release of his first full length music album entitled Software Garden. Nurtured over 2 years of collaboration, workshops, and live concerts the exhibition marks the first time the album is exhibited in its entirety. Unfolding over 11 tracks, each with an accompanying music video, Software Garden cultivates influences of pop, electronic, techno with choral and lush string arrangements to explore how a music album can be used as a political space to bring people together.
Responding to recent complex global shifts that highlight increasing polarities between people that have led to increasing nationalism and desire for isolationism, Software Garden asks how we meet and create dialogue from both behind and beyond our screens. As digital and robotic technologies change the fabric of human systems, is it possible to create spaces that unite the human, ecological and technological with basic principles of empathy, care and kindness?
Pilgrim exhibits a series of drawings and posters that create an immersive space for the album art work. With posters painted by hand by Pilgrim’s long term collaborator David Andrews, the posters give material and pictorial form to the albums lyrics. Created in parallel to the creation of the album, Pilgrim’s drawings meditate on key symbols and themes that recur through the album including lines/nets, support/weightlessness, sea/land and the boundaries between the human, artificial, organic, technological, political, poetic and spiritual. By trying to find the fragile yet fertile point in which these boundaries touch, as articulated by the albums narrator, poet and disability advocate Carol R. Kallend, Software Garden attempts to offer a meeting point where ‘all the hearts of our motherboards converse’.
Recent exhibitions: The Resounding Bell, South London Gallery, London, 2018 (solo), Sacred Repositories Trilogy, Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema, UK 2017 (solo), Software Garden, Rowing, London 2016 (solo), Among other things, I’ve taken up smoking, Tent, Rotterdam 2017, Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion, GAK Ge-sellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen 2017, Cure Park, Amsterdamse Bos, Amsterdam 2017, Dolf Henkes Award 2016, Tent Rotterdam 2017, Open Sky, Flat Time House, London 2016 (solo), The Open Sky. Project Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2016, Shifting Spaces, W139, Amsterdam 2016
With special thanks and support: CBK Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fonds, Elephant Trust, Stedelijk Museum, Spike Island, Space Studios, Rowing Gallery, Sheffield Robotics, Artist International Tokyo (AIT), TAAK, Block Universe.