Robin Ward: Walking in the Dark

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Robin Ward: Walking in the Dark
From 23 March 2024 to May 2024
ma’am shanghai
4777 Binjiang Avenue
pudong new area

Irish conceptual artist Robin Ward’Eagerly waiting for solo exhibition opening up Museum of Modern Art (MAM) Shanghai, Curated by MAM Artistic Director Shai Battle, walking in the dark is an immersive experience inspired by Ward’s nomadic lifestyle and the twin driving factors of escapism and avoidance. These compulsions are explored through abstract compositions and mixed media, consisting of over 30 large painted canvases along with six independent sculptures.

Ward’s career has seen him establish studios london, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City. It is this itinerant lifestyle that informs Walking in the Dark by asking, “Why do people travel?” and “What is the result of perpetual motion?”

Robin Ward: Walking in the Dark
the tulips are dying at sunset

like abstract The nature of Ward’s artworks, the nomadic sensibility, often obscures the deeper reasons for such wanderings. His work raises questions about what Ward is really running away from during his travels. Like the act of walking in the dark, viewing Ward’s exhibition requires one’s eyes to adjust to see what might otherwise go undetected.

Born in Dublin and raised in Belfast during ‘The Troubles’, the artist expresses his own, highly personal journey by evoking snapshots of the past, as well as obscuring others, apparently random periods of time. The pieces display what are, in fact, flashbacks that illustrate the episode. Ward’s background story.

Walking in the Dark invites the visitor to consider the psychological, political and emotional interpretations of various aspects of the exhibition, enhanced by the complex, sensitively lit space where the artworks are on display at MAM Shanghai.

It tells a story that is both timely and provocative, reflecting Ward’s personal experience with anarchy, governance, and violence, while commenting on the breakdown of society and referencing the feuds and misunderstandings of historical and modern times. . Engaging with themes of destruction and conflict, the artist’s work addresses her own life, defined by constant movement and a constant feeling of restlessness.

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memories in the shadows

This sense of restlessness has permeated Ward’s life and work since his teenage years, allowing him to hone his unique talents, free from the constraints of class. “When you’re in school, you spend maybe an hour or two in your classroom,” he says. “I was spending six to seven hours a day painting.”

Using wet, loose brushstrokes with specific markings, walking in the dark sees Ward telling his story on large canvases through a nostalgic veil of innocence and naivety. Following highly acclaimed exhibitions in New York and London, Ward joins the hugely impressive list of artists whose work will be exhibited at MAM Shanghai this year. david hockney And marina abramovic, Ward’s exhibition opens this historic 2024 event on Saturday 23 March.

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Ward will return to London for a solo exhibition at the Rosenfeld Gallery on Rathbone Street in early September. Shai Baitel said Of the exhibition: ‘To undertake Ward’s art journey and see the subtlety of this omnipresent psychological tension manifested in his work requires an openness to experience this impressive catharsis – one’s life in all its tensions and contradictions. To see through the artist’s creation. In Ward’s work, there is energy, a level of brightness, that reflects the potential and possibility of emerging from and embracing the shadows.

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story of someone i knew

‘Ward’s artwork speaks to the unifying power of art in challenging times. The world can be an intense, scary place and every year, we feel more divided than ever. Art is a universal language and has the power to bridge disparate sensibilities. Its international, far-reaching scope and other upcoming exhibitions at MAM Shanghai show how different artistic voices can coexist.’

Ward said: ‘I am thrilled to unveil my first solo exhibition in China, especially in such a renowned institution, and look forward to seeing Shai Battle’s curatorial vision for Walking in the Dark come to life at MAM ‘

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Robin Ward in New York City
Photo by Noah Samsa, 2023

Museum of Modern Art (MAM), Shanghai, China, is an institution with a global and multidisciplinary approach, contributing to the education, knowledge and enjoyment of the arts through a comprehensive and engaging experience. MAM Shanghai is the largest contemporary art museum in Shanghai, covering an area of ​​more than 7,000 square metres. Its vast industrial architecture provides a versatile and dynamic space connecting the shared cultures of East and West. Located on the ‘cultural corridor’ of museums and galleries running along the river in the Pudong New Area, MAM uses innovative methods to facilitate public participation and engagement with the arts.

Robin Ward: Walking in the Dark runs at MAM Shanghai from March 23 through May 2024

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