Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sisyphus - The Absurd Hero and UKYA

So Sisyphus opens tonight and I myself am not there for the PV at Core Gallery for the first time so a bit nerve wracking but I leave it in competant hands.

I am doing my art thang having been selected for the UKYA event in derby

( through an open submission- that oh so controversial subject....! )

4 days of exhibitions, events, dance, poetry and mucis, lectures and networking. Its going to be fantastic!

Here is more about Sisyphus which looked amazing in progress and we have a fab interview with curator/artist Rachel Price who has an interview with on

Read more here :


Core Gallery Deptford, London, SE8 3DX


(Part I): Nick Bailey │Alexander Bates │ Jim Bond │Rodney Dee │ JooHee Hwang│ Matthew James Kay│ Rachel Price

New sculpture and video by 7 artists across in response to the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The exhibiting artists all explore notions of the absurd, futility and circularity in their practice whilst simultaneously displaying an immersion in the process, be it material or conceptual.

In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king who for his crimes was subjected to the ceaseless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain only to watch it fall down the other side, and to repeat this for all eternity. However it is Sisyphus’ approach to his hopeless fate that rouses interest and why the myth is so frequently revisited in literary interpretations.

The French Absurdist, Albert Camus, refers to Sisyphus as ‘The Absurd Hero’ concluding that: “I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy”. Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942).

I think we have all felt a little like Sisyphus at times......

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