Auto Italia, London, 14 April 2019 — 16 June 2019
Jos Charles, Brian Fuata, Adrien Hester, Anna McMahon, Real Madrid, Spence Messih, Prem Sahib, Vincent Silk and Ainslie Templeton

“Spilling, spitting is a recurrent concept in our thought. Images ripple our minds such as a bathtub in an earthquake; a swathe of fabrics off a balcony, strewn upon the translucent lower canopy of a new building; some titanic sequence that “everyone” is party to. The darker mark seeps as bed wetting, one side of the springy mattress, discharge. Spilling and spitting are forms of expulsion that are both incidental and violent. Sneezing is like spitting, to find the goob on the wall a few days later, caked over. Not a stain exactly, not like old blu-tack. Tender rip. Rear guard. Glass must be hot to stain, it is not water. And then the question of sediment. And then the question of whales. A shooting vertical breath. This ejaculation which is not one. Skin moves up and then down again, as if by design.” *

Tender rip is a collaborative project developed by Anna McMahon and Spence Messih which explores transformations of bodies by and with language, and the slippery processes of coding and classifying both. Asking what it means to wilfully occupy the site around inclusion and exclusion – ideas off absorption and proliferation, opacity and readability are surfaced. Taking the form of a site-specific installation, McMahon and Messih’s new bodies of sculpture additionally function as tools for containing readings from others, with works and words from Jos Charles, Brian Fuata, Real Madrid, Vincent Silk and Ainslie Templeton.

This exhibition was developed on the stolen Lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation (Sydney). We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and culture. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. Australia always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

* Text by Vincent Silk and Ainslie Templeton

With special thanks to Lawrence Prebble, Andrea Toro, Bianca Trombi and Alice de Rois for bringing it to life.

Exhibition tour with Fiontán Moran
17 Apr 2019, 09:00 — 10:30

An exclusive breakfast preview of Tender Rip led by Fiontán Moran for benefactors of our Members and Supporters programmes.

Technology Workshops for Young People in East London
22 Apr 2019 — 24 Apr 2019

An art and technology workshop for young people creating visual responses to the exhibition Tender Rip.

To stumble and to slip
13 Jun 2019, 19:00 — 21:00

Artists and writers Ainslie Templeton, Adrien Hester and Prem Sahib present an evening of reading to close the Tender Rip exhibition.