Returning To Argos

— Ellen Burroughs

Exhibition: 18 May – 26 May
Launch: Fri 18 May, 6 – 9pm

Ellen Burroughs presents works from on-going research into the changing relationship between people and ‘kept’ dogs.

The two species have co-evolved, with ‘domesticated’ dogs receiving formal burials alongside men as early the Mesolithic period. As over time our needs have changed, so has the
relationship. How can today’s domesticated dog, with the surrounding media, market produce and politics (in-breeding, abuse, neglect, licensing) reflect our own emotional and
psychological development?

With roots in psychology, anthropology and archaeology, Burroughs’ works, at this early point of research/development, tend
to manifest the absurd. The title references Argos, dog of Odysseus who secretly sheds a tear when returning home to find his faithful hunting hound to be old and covered in flies (but is also a joke as the main work in the show has been built through experiments with various compromised items from the Argos store,
which were then returned ‘as new’).

Works will include: print, a kinetic sculpture, video and a collaborative sound installation with artist and musician Lucy Johnson.

The show will be open to the public until the 26th May.

Open 1-5pm: 19th, 20th and 26th May
Open by appointment all other times, please email serf.leeds@gmail .com to arrange a visit.

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