Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) I Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness

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Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) explores the nature of visual awkwardness through the work of artists and architects. Shonky is a slang term meaning corrupt or bent, shoddy or unreliable, standing here for a particular type of visual aesthetic which is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi , as opposed to the slick production values of much contemporary art. The exhibition proposes a more celebratory de nition of ‘shonkiness’, showing how it can be used in the visual arts to explore issues including gender, identity, beauty and the body. Featured artists include Cosima von Bonin, Niki de Saint Phalle and Plastique Fantastique. Shonky is the fourth in Hayward Touring’s series of Curatorial Open exhibitions, which emphasise collaboration. This is its first Scottish staging. Mar 10-May 27,

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