After Future (SM BNGRZ Rework 2)

Further down the line is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition After Future (SM BNGRZ Rework 2) by an American artist Tony Cola.

Further Down the Line is a new contemporary visual arts space and exhibition program in Liverpool, UK, founded by curator and writer Adam Carr. Held at Aigburth Railway Station, the ‘Further Down the Line’ exhibitions are displayed in a display case located in the station’s waiting room, which has a distinctive Merseyrail yellow colour. It is open to visitors 7 days a week during exhibitions.

Tony Cokes exhibition, After Future (SM BNGRZ Rework 2), consists of a new work of the same title. Comes from SM BNGRZ (2021), a video of the meaning, ambitions and dreams of (queer) club culture in post-pandemic times, partly based on a book by Rainald Goetz To be impressed by. Presented both in a new format and in a new context, the new piece offers further contemplation and a renewed look at notions of language, aesthetics and time.

The exhibition extends the practice of Coca-Cola, which has studied media and pop culture for more than three decades and explored how both are containers for the political ideologies that create, shape and influence communities. A long-running thread of inquiry has been aspects of race and identity, often using a video of found images, text, and seemingly unrelated color slides. His work spanned a range of sources as diverse as Public Enemy, William Burroughs, Morrisey, Drake and Édouard Glissant.

Exhibition After Future (SM BNGRZ Rework 2) is kindly supported by Felix Gaudlitz from Vienna, Austria. In-kind support for “Further Down the Line” and its exhibition program comes from Merseyrail. Liverpool John Moores University, where Adam Carr is a lecturer in curating and contemporary art, is providing additional funding.

About Tony Coke

Tony Cokes (born 1966, Richmond, Virginia) lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor in the Department of Contemporary Culture and Media at Brown University. His work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; Pompidou Center in Paris; FRAC Lorraine, Metz; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Kunsthallen, Copenhagen; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York Museum of Modern Art, among others.

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