What if some things do last forever?”

Forever Now is the collective exhibition, featuring the work of four artists, asking questions about nostalgia and futurism.

What if some things do last for­ev­er?” asks Nel­lie Eden, writer, edi­tor and guest cura­tor of Gal­le­ria Melissa’s lat­est col­lec­tive show, For­ev­er Now, that’s set to take over the Lon­don gallery space this week fea­tur­ing the work of four artists whose work cen­tres around the themes of nos­tal­gia and futurism.

Draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from Melissa’s Pos­ses­sion san­dal (more wide­ly known as the jel­ly shoe” ever since their 1997 debut), the exhi­bi­tion explores the ter­ri­fy­ing idea of liv­ing for­ev­er. Eden notes, liv­ing for­ev­er is an appalling idea, but one that I like to con­sid­er, and one I think the beau­ty indus­try is rav­en­ous­ly chas­ing. We’re liv­ing longer, aid­ed by tech, surgery, med­i­cine and machines”. 

The inno­va­tors of today select­ed by Eden – Shy­girl, James Mas­si­ah, Daniel Swan and Esmay Wage­mans – each embody both nos­tal­gia and futur­ism in their work; com­mit­ted to look­ing for­ward, as opposed to look­ing back. For the exhi­bi­tion, each artist cre­at­ed some­thing in response to Eden’s question.

Poet James Mas­si­ah, has craft­ed an audio piece from clips, lost and found (old songs from raves, voice notes and record­ings that weave togeth­er to cre­ate a patch­work quilt of sound, intend­ed to trans­port you); visu­al artist Daniel Swan, has cre­at­ed an abstract video explor­ing mem­o­ry with a gela­tine aes­thet­ic (focus­ing on shift­ing shapes and half-seen faces that look at mem­o­ry and the inner-work­ings of the imagination).

Mean­while Lon­don musi­cian Shy­girl, will be per­form­ing a live set (that no doubt show­cas­es her clos­er-to-art-than-pop new-wave style), wear­ing a piece designed by Dutch design­er Esmay Wage­mans, whose work sees her exper­i­ment with sil­i­cone, plas­tic, rub­ber, latex and resin, while explor­ing the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and tech­nol­o­gi­sa­tion of soci­ety, and how this affects the human body.

The exhi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic on 24 – 27th May at London’s Gal­le­ria Melissa


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