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The Acme Project Space ran from June 2009 to December 2015. It provided an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.


Aaron Wells

‘Relentless Optimism, a Moment of Blindness Before and After the Dark Space’ 25.9.2015 - 18.10.2015

A Hotel A Labyrinth by Aaron Wells
A Hotel A Labyrinth by Aaron Wells


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 24 September, 6pm to 8pm

Relentless Optimism, a Moment of Blindness Before and After the Dark Space, is an exhibition of new film work by Aaron Wells (Chelsea Studio Award).

Using collaged filmic material from a diverse collection of found audio-visual footage, as well as specific material recorded by the artist, the resulting film works interrogate what it is to exist in a place, whether that place be physically real, digital or imagined.

This investigation is paired with an interest in the social and cultural aspects of the disparate imagery that is manipulated on screen, material taken from a range of sources: from virtual tour videos and advertising, to intimate shots of sites with historical and personal significance to the artist.

The exhibition deals with themes of allegory, passivity and unfounded optimism, exploring problems attached to the contemporary fantasy of ‘the good life,’ while simultaneously critiquing the essential state of living within the present.

The Chelsea Studio Award is a partnership funded by Chelsea College of Art & Design, Chelsea Arts Club Trust and Acme Studios. It offers a Chelsea College Fine Art BA graduate a rent-free studio for 12 months plus a stipend, and in addition mentoring and exhibiting opportunities. It is one of Acme’s growing number of studio awards managed under its Residency & Awards Programme, aimed specifically at recent graduates.


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