Selected by The Lombard Method and Helen Legg, director of Spike Island, Bristol, Matt Welch was in residence at The Lombard Method for one month, producing new work for solo exhibition 'Lossy Accent'.
"God, Margaret. You really have to wonder why we even bother to get up in the morning. I mean, really: Why work? Simply to buy more stuff? That's just not enough. Look at us all. What's the common assumption that got us all from there to here? What makes us deserve the ice cream and running shoes and wool Italian suits we have?"
'Lossy Accent' combines a term associated with the compression of digital data with a word used to describe the manner in which something is pronounced or emphasised. There is a possible strain between these two words as lossy symbolises a reduction by means of compression with concern for retaining the best possible image, and accent denotes an embellishment or character added to a known object. To locate the accent you must know the object.
What can we take out here to leave only what is necessary so that it remains of this thing, in a way that it remains intact?
An accent suggests embellishment, ornamentation or making use of language in a way that signifies a particular identity. The works in this exhibition focus on the construction of a language and an identity as a problem. Layers of pop cultural and art historical signifiers suggest a research practice that is disparate, accummulative; building architectures around the negotiation of a presentness that is without historical location or any radical agency beyond the accentuation of its surfaces.
It is a means of condensing storage space; it is going through your things and getting rid of stuff that no longer is necessary.
Matt Welch (b. Liverpool 1988) currently lives and works in London. Previous group exhibitions include ‘Lounger’ Matthew’s Yard, Croydon, 'John Moores Painting Prize' and ‘Cave’ both Liverpool Biennial 2012, residency at Goldsmiths College, London in collaboration with Laurence Alan Price 2011, Saatchi /Channel 4 New Sensations 2010. Forthcoming projects include Ceri Hand Gallery Summer Fete and Manchester Contemporary Art Fair with Ceri Hand Gallery.