Space Invader

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Aicon Gallery in London recently opened Space Invader, a group exhibition featuring the work of Vibha Galhotra, Mayyur Gupta, Dan Holdsworth, Caroline McCarthy, Alan Michael, Muzzumil Ruheel and Sanatan Saha. Space Invader explores how our personal space becomes crowded and confused due to our ever-expanding cultural requirements. In all facets of life, we are met with a barrage of activity, which can come in the form of pollution, overpopulation, and even electronic and data overload. This exhibition provides a moment to evaluate the changes in our culture and to remind us of what is altered or lost in the course of our progression.

Vibha Galhotra’s installation, Neo-Camouflage, 2009, is composed of digital prints on vinyl and fabric and mannequins, suggesting how individuals are overwhelmed by and lose their identity within the chaos of the city. The artist, born in India in 1978, is influenced by the perpetual construction and re-building taking place in Delhi, the second largest metropolis in India. Neo-Camouflage also alludes to the growing security and surveillance industries.

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Dan Holdsworth, who currently lives and works in London, is showing two photographs in Space Invader, one of a field of communication poles situated in a snowy field and the other of a partially constructed motorway viaduct cutting through the arid landscape of Granada. Holdsworth often juxtaposes the modern footprint with the natural landscape. Holdsworth studied Photography at London College of Printing. His work is included in several public collections, among them, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Gallery, in London, and the Centre Pompidou Collection in Paris.

Space Invader will remain at Aicon Gallery in London until September 5, 2009.