Notes on Entropy

Jamika Ajalon, Renata Boero, Jesse Darling, Alina Perez, Ser Serpas, Cameron Spratley, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger

9 October – 18 December 2020

Alina Perez Papi with Lizard Earrings Smooshing Cocuyos, 2020 Charcoal and pastel on paper, framed 134 × 104 cm (52 3/4 × 41 inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.

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Arcadia Missa is pleased to present Notes on Entropy, the inaugural exhibition show at its new permanent gallery space in Duke Street, Marylebone.

All things break down. All things, in other words, embody entropy. This group exhibition reflects on entropy as a condition of dynamic groundlessness. Entropy is often defined negatively. In technical terms, it can be defined as energy that is unavailable for doing ‘useful’ work. Colloquially, the term is used as a synonym for decay. This exhibition questions what it means to view the instability and degradation of entropy as a constructive process: one that destabilizes capitalist ways of being in relation and offers new ways for envisioning the world; one that embraces ‘non-useful’ work. Writing on imprisonment and disability, the anti-carceral scholar Liat Ben-Moshe has discussed abolition as a ‘dis-epistemology’, that necessitates letting go of certain ways of knowing, including even the need for and possibility of knowledge. This exhibition is interested in examining entropy as a dis-epistemology—a process of disorientation that, as Ben-Moshe suggests, is profoundly generative. Many artworks in the exhibition critically recognise that their environment has been formed by long-standing processes of exploitation and extraction. This is reflected in material decisions in sculptures by Jesse Darling and Ser Serpas, which give everyday domestic materials new form as art objects.

Frieda Toranzo Jaeger At Venus' feet, 2020 Oil on canvas and embroidery 30 × 40 cm (11 ¾ × 15 ¾ inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Frieda Toranzo Jaeger "Universopolis" unbelievable space love, 2020 Oil on canvas and embroidery Full extended panels: 250 × 190 cm (98 3/8 × 74 3/4 inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Renata Boero Cromogramma, 1978 Natural elements, canvas 131 × 96 cm (51 5/8 × 37 3/4 inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Renata Boero Cromogramma, 1977 Natural elements, canvas 145 × 85 cm (57 ⅛ × 33 ½ inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Ser Serpas Lickshot dramamine and my ambition flow, 2018 Mixed media Approximate dimensions: 150 × 106 × 17 cm (59 × 41 3/4 × 6 3/4 inches) Dimensions variable Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Ser Serpas Time in ghost colours, 2016 Mixed media Approximate dimensions: 50 × 53 × 115 cm (19 5/8 × 20 7/8 × 45 1/4 inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Cameron Spratley PRIOR, 2020 acrylic, flashe, phosphorescent pigment, pearlescent pigment, gouache, glitter, molding paste, collage, colored pencil, and china marker on canvas 30 × 26 inches (76.20 × 66.04 cm) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Cameron Spratley Be Ambitious With Love While Young, 2020 Acrylic, gouache, flashe, spraypaint, collage, glitter, tape, colored pencil, googly eye, and china marker on canvas 26 1/2 × 21 1/4 inches (67.31 × 53.98 cm) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Cameron Spratley Pamela, 2016 Inkjet Print, Acrylic, Colored Pencil, Vinyl Decal, and Duct Tape on paper. Framed.: 30 × 22 inches (76.20 × 55.88 cm) 35 × 26 1/4 inches (88.90 × 66.68 cm) (framed) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Jesse Darling Virgin Variation 2, 2019 Wood, plexiglass, paint, packing paper, tape, stickers, cemetery flower, collage, gold leaf 136.7 × 27 × 55 cm (53 ⅞ × 10 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches) Jesse Darling Virgin Variation 9, 2019 Wood, plexiglass, paper, stickers, tape, lipstick, letraset 136.7 × 27 × 55 cm (53 ⅞ × 10 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches) Jesse Darling Virgin Variation 10, 2019 Wood, plexiglass, packing peanuts, plastic, locker plate, silver chain, negligee, cemetery rose 136.7 × 27 × 55 cm (53 ⅞ × 10 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches) Jesse Darling Virgin Variation 7, 2019 Wood, plexiglass, paint, plastic, packing peanuts, letraset, baggage scales, steel chain, stickers 136.7 × 27 × 55 cm (53 ⅞ × 10 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches) Jesse Darling Virgin Variation 8, 2019 Wood, plexiglass, stickers, plastic, packing peanuts, printing ink, gold leaf, letraset 136.7 × 27 × 55 cm (53 ⅞ × 10 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Alina Perez Sending Them Off, 2020 Charcoal on paper, framed 134 × 104 cm (52 3/4 × 41 inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Alina Perez Untitled (Horse Power), 2020 Charcoal on paper, framed 134 × 104 cm (52 3/4 × 41 inches) Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Jamika Ajalon Cultural Skit-zo-frenia, 1993 Video with sound 10 minutes Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Jamika Ajalon Cultural Skit-zo-frenia, 1993 Video with sound 10 minutes Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.
Jamika Ajalon Cultural Skit-zo-frenia, 1993 Video with sound 10 minutes Photography: Tim Bowditch; Courtesy: The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London.

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