Ordinary / Extra / Ordinary
Curated by David Thorp
15 May to 29 September 2013
Ordinary / Extra / Ordinary has its origins in the idea that The Public is a place where visitors can encounter contemporary art that is accessible and which resonates with the familiar but extends and challenges perception at the same time. Rather than preaching about the value of art it celebrates the vitality, diversity and humour that art can embody.
The artists exhibiting have taken their inspiration from the grass roots of culture, from their own experiences in early life, folk and street art, politics and urban decay. Between them they ask questions about the globalisation of culture and the alienating effects of modern life which in different ways they counter by showing how creativity affirms the power of the individual.
Artists featured in the exhibition include; Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Tracey Emin, Hew Locke, Vivan Sundaram, David Shrigley, Doug Fishbone and Lucy McLauchlan.