Abort, Retry, Fail?: Press Release
South Square Gallery | Press Release
Claire Harbottle, Still from Nailing Jelly, 2010
Abort, Retry, Fail?
5th November – 23rd December 2011
A group exhibition of artists from across the UK investigate the creative process as one of trial and error, exploring the notions of struggle, failure, repetition and refinement as a necessary path to progression and success.
Celebrating the experimental and the unresolved, Abort, Retry, Fail? includes photography, sculpture, video and drawing in an exhibition which brings together the work of very different artists currently working at varying stages in their careers.
What unifies the group is a focus on the methods and processes of working, presenting art as evidence of an ongoing creative journey with trials and transformations along its way.
‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’
– Samuel Beckett
Highlighting experiences which will be universally familiar, this exhibition tacitly addresses the question of continuing on in the face of difficulties, showing the need to create as stronger than the hardships we might face. The exhibition’s title refers to an archaic computer error message which has become synonymous with an unclear set of further options: the brutal and resolute oppositions, to ‘Abort’ or ‘Retry’, or the tentative, questioning, anxiety of possibility: ‘Fail?’
The resulting responses speak of hope in times of austerity as well as determination and yield in the face of struggle. These artists reflect upon art-making as a continuous voyage: sometimes through pathos and sometimes through play, yet always impassioned and ever ongoing.
South Square Gallery | South Square | Thornton | Bradford | BD13 3LD
Sharon Adams | Joanna Aldoori | Ingrid Berthon-Moine | Jenny Core | Lawrence Daley | David Knowles | Claire Harbottle | Chris Lillywhite | Mark McCullough | Lisa Peachey
South Square is a visual art resource centre based within a Grade II listed building in Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is home to South Square Gallery, a grassroots exhibition space committed to providing a professional and supportive resource for artists and emerging curators. As a test bed for new ideas, the gallery hosts an ever-evolving dialogue between artists and their audience. The square also incorporates a community space, artists’ studios, fine art framer, café and exhibition spaces for local artists.
Opening night: Friday 4th November 2011 7 – 9pm
Exhibition open: 5th November – 23rd December 2011
Opening times | 12.00 – 15.00 | Tuesday – Sunday | And by appointment
For further information contact the curator David Knowles
Telephone: +44  1274 834 747
South Square Gallery, South Square, Thornton, Bradford, BD13 3LD