"‘A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.’ – Albert Camus"

The Future Tense in association with The Old Vic Tunnels is pleased to present Joseph Loughborough: The Anatomy of Strangers – the first major London solo show by the artist.

This introspective, confessional corpus of work – created whilst living in self-imposed exile in Paris – speaks not only of mortal sins and desires, but also of fears and the acknowledgement of one’s own absurdity.

Working exclusively in charcoal and graphite, Loughborough has eschewed the vivid colour palettes seen in recent works in order to focus on the impulsive and expressive execution of line and form that has become his trademark.

The Old Vic Tunnels provides the perfect backdrop for this intense and emotive exhibition, adding a foreboding sense of darkness and claustrophobia that perhaps echoes the artist’s own confrontation with the human condition.

On Saturday 16 June from midday, the public will also have a unique opportunity to watch the artist at work, as he creates the final piece from The Anatomy of Strangers series in-situ at The Old Vic Tunnels.

To mark the opening of Joseph Loughborough: The Anatomy of Strangers, The Future Tense will also publish a very limited new print edition by the artist. Toward the Infinite is the second result of an ongoing collaboration with world-renowned print studio, Thumbprint Editions – best known for working with artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor.

Measuring 100 x 70cm, the print uses a traditional Polymer Gravure etching process to authentically reproduce the unique tones found in the artists charcoal work. A small number of hand finished prints will also be made available on the night.

The Anatomy of Strangers will open to the public at a launch reception from 6.30pm on Wednesday 13 June 2012.

The Anatomy of Strangers is supported by Peroni and The Old Vic Tunnels.

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