ali tareen

'hope of wrecks' 2013


Art and Design Gallery Friday 13 September – Saturday 19 October 2013

Museum of St Albans Friday 13 September – Sunday 27 October 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday 12 September 5.00pm – 8.00pm (Art and Design Gallery)

Closing Reception: Saturday 26 October 6.00pm – 8.00pm (Museum of St Albans)

Featured artists:

Jo Addison, Chris Dobrowolski, David Ersser, Daniel Goodwin,

Friedrich Kunath, Martin Kippenberger, Kypros Kyprianou, Adam

Norton, Selina O, David Shrigley, Ali Tareen and Paul Thek

UH Galleries is delighted to present The Hope of Wrecks, an

international group show curated by Andrew Marsh and Simon


‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose

infinite hope’. Martin Luther King Jnr.

The Hope of Wrecks is a play on the title of the seminal German romantic painting, ‘The Wreck of Hope’

by Caspar David Friedrich.

As the world is struggling to recover from a continuing global financial and ethical crisis it seems a fitting

moment to explore how contemporary artists address the term ‘Hope’ both personally and politically.

The Hope of Wrecks explores how certain artists produce works which have an inherent optimism when

seemingly either they, or the world that surrounds them, is at ‘rock bottom’. This optimism, whether it be

overt or underlying, is expressed using strategies like humour, satire, honesty, naivety or faith.

The majority of our life experience may be futile, a tiny percentile of this experience, however,

transcends inerta and despondency allowing us to feel optimistic and enthusiastic in spite of ourselves.

The show will exhibit a range of multi-media works by established, mid-career and young artists

contextualising a modus operandi that has been at the core of artististic enquiry throughout history. In

many of the selected artists’ work there is a ‘gallows humour’ that both mocks and confronts either

themselves, their environment, or the viewer.

‘Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man’

Friedrich Nietzsche

For further information please contact UH Galleries on +44 (0) 1707 284290 or

Image: Courtesy of Simon Hollington

Notes for editors:

Opening Hours

The Art and Design Gallery, Hatfield is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, and Saturdays 9.30am-3.30pm.

The Museum of St Albans is open Monday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm, and Sundays 2.00pm-5.00pm.


Exhibition curated by Andrew Marsh and Simon Hollington. For further information about the exhibition please visit


Andrew Marsh has a BA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art and Design, and an MA in Fine Art Administration

and Curatorship from Goldsmiths. He teaches curatorial practice across all three years of BA Communication,

Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. He is also a freelance exhibition organiser and has curated and

managed exhibitions and events in London, Birmingham, Dusseldorf and New Delhi (to mention a few); he has

written for 'Flash Art', various artists' monographs and other publications.

Simon Hollington is an artist working in a range of media from painting and drawing to interactive narrative

environments. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK including Tate Modern and the ICA London as well as

internationally including The 51st Venice Biennale as well as shows in mainland Europe, North and South America

and Australia. He has been a guest speaker at Tate Britain, The Royal College of Art and The Royal Society for the

Arts. He has been teaching at Central St Martins since 2000 where he is currently an associate lecturer in

Contextual Studies.

Funders and supporters

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, University of the Arts London, and BA (Hons)

Criticism, Communication and Curation - Central Saint Martins.

UH Galleries

UH Galleries, at Hatfield and St Albans, are amongst the most innovative contemporary art spaces in the UK.

Working with emerging and established professional artists across all media, UH Galleries organise a rolling

programme of exhibitions and collaborate with other major cultural institutions across Europe. UH Galleries’

exhibitions, which give artists space to experiment and develop new ideas, have been critically acclaimed in the

national, international and specialist press. For further information please visit