Our forthcoming exhibition at The Lightbox, Not All Contemporary Art Is Rubbish! celebrates the talent emerging from the UK’s art colleges and will feature works by developing and established contemporary artists including Haroon Mirza, Suki Chan, Emma Vidal, Liseth Amaya, Miroslav Pomichal and Mark McWilliams. The title has been deliberately chosen by Chris Ingram to encourage conversation about contemporary art in the UK. Chris Ingram is passionate about supporting young talent in this country, something evident in his ever growing collection.
Chris Ingram has commented: ‘I know the vast majority of people are both perplexed and dismissive of much contemporary art. I have to say I generally agree. It is quite a task to find real quality amongst all the rubbish. I don’t see contemporary art any differently from art of any period. It needs to be art that I can look at again and again. I am not interested in anything that is too derivative and above all, I want to see a real demonstration of craft skills. Most of what I buy these days is from degree shows from the leading art colleges. I think everything you will see in this show reflects these criteria’.
This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for people to see Chris Ingram’s most recent and exciting acquisitions: new works made by up-and-coming artists, fresh from University or made at the beginning of their art-making careers.
A highlight of the exhibition will be ‘Mismatched Couple’ by Miroslav Pomichal. Chris Ingram first bought a piece by Miroslav Pomichal at his 2014 Wimbledon MFA degree show where he was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show, which was exhibited at the ICA in London and Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance. Pomichal was also selected for the 2014 Saatchi New Sensations exhibition. His colourful installation ‘Mismatched Couple’ will feature in the exhibition.
Miroslav Pomichal will join Chris Ingram for an In Conversation at The Lightbox on Friday 5 February 2016. Artist and collector will share their experiences of collection and creating contemporary art in the context of the exhibition. Advance booking is required via The Lightbox here.
Not All Contemporary Art Is Rubbish!
2 February – 10 April 2016
The Lightbox, Woking