The Journey Of The Artist And The Price Of the Ticket is the final instalment in this seven-part exhibition from Manchester based artist, Richard Shields.
This latest exhibition explores the relationship between art and finance in contemporary society and their historical links to the Renaissance and is a presentation of Shields findings throughout in a new and recent body of work. The Journey Of The Artist And The Price Of The Ticket will be realised in the neo-classical surroundings of Carlton House, 16-18 Albert Square Manchester on 20 September 2013.
In 2010, Shields began the project ‘Adeptness Indebted’, selling his credit card debt as an artwork. Sold in 2012, the price of the work was based on his fluctuating debt, which in turn related to his own fluctuating income throughout the recession. Subsequent to his research, Shields has become increasingly aware of the intrinsic relationship between banking, religion and art reaching back to the Renaissance.
Shields has explored the layered histories of exhibitions practice through the process of curated events and newly commissioned art works for this project. Banking and religion are the roots of art education and the debts incurred throughout and beyond. The source of enlightenment and the funds to express it and revel in it our still a hot bed of discussion today. The artist looks to investigate these links and lineage through his own practice and through his own experiences of debt and income.
Shields displays a range of traditional skills, found objects and relational aesthetics in this exhibition, which connects disparate art genres prominent throughout his investigation.
The Journey Of The Artist and The Price Of The Ticket is an Arts Council England Funded Project.
The Journey Of The Artist And The Price Of The Ticket
Thursday September 20 – Sun October 13 2013