DOMINIC WATSON: SPECIFIC EMOTIONS

 2 July - 9 August 2015 (Preview Wednesday 1 July 6 - 8pm)

NEW STUDIO is delighted to present Specific Emotions, a new video and sculptural installation by British artist Dominic Watson.

Since his debut in New Contemporaries in 2013 Watson has continued to explore his fascination with the role culture plays on our psyche. Colliding Renaissance frescoes with footballers, and rock anthems with Modernist sculptures, his surreal and humorous videos reveal how we are surrounded by imitations of reality that stir our emotions and motivate our desires.

For this solo exhibition Watson turns his attention to the conventional pop song, a symbol of clichéd sentiment. Specific Emotions is the title of a song and accompanying music video, written and performed by the artist and filmed on site at NEW STUDIO. The exhibition invites you to enter the video set and to step onto the stage, where amongst props and costume, the surreal pop video projects out, depicting the artist in a comedic serenade with his alter ego. Watch a clip of the video here

To mark the occasion of the exhibition, the artist and NEW STUDIO will launch a limited edition artwork in the form of a 7” vinyl record of the Specific Emotions track. Designed by the artist and conceived as a 'packaged emotion', each record is signed, numbered and available for sale from the gallery. The proceeds support the artist’s future work and the gallery’s ongoing programme. To reserve your copy please email info@newstudio.org.uk

Dominic Watson (b.1986 Sunderland) received a BA Sculpture from Camberwell College of Art and MA Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, was shortlisted for the 2015 Catlin Art Prize and recently selected for Whitechapel Gallery’s forthcoming London Open exhibition. Following residencies in Vermont, USA, and Florence, Italy, this exhibition will be his first solo gallery presentation in London. He lives and works in London.

You can follow the artist's blog here: www.dominicwatson.net

NEW STUDIO and the artist would like to thank to Baldbeast, Dan Woolhouse, Simon Day and The Carvery