The Tetley

Ben Cain: Down Time

11 April – 15 June 2014

As part of A New Reality: Part 2, this exhibition of new sculpture, film and performance works explores ideas around what ‘work’ is, or has become, utilising work-related paraphernalia from the past. In moments of ‘down-time’ energy-generating systems produce excess energy that is stored for later use. Cain would like to consider waste production and non-productive activity in relation to self-preservation – examining acts which might be knowingly futile (in that they realise or manifest nothing in terms of material output) but nevertheless provide a sense of engagement with the production of the material world.

Anchored by two sculptural installations in the first floor Atrium and gallery spaces, artworks within Down Time will relocate around The Tetley, be replaced and be added to over the course of the project. The project incorporates a series of events exploring these themes.

Cain’s Tool Amnesty took place on 31 May 2014 on ‘The Slab’ an empty piece of land adjacent to The Tetley which was formerly part of the brewery’s production line. The installation was comprised of hand tools to explore ideas around what ‘work’ is, or has become, utilising work-related paraphernalia from the past.

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Ben Cain lives and works between London and Zagreb, recent projects and exhibitions include: Sound Spill, Zabladowicz Collection, New York (2013); Manifesta, Genk, Belgium, (2012); and Untitled (in progress), Supplement Gallery, London (2010).