to celebrate the opening of their second space in london’s east end neighborhood and its’ first solo exhibition of new york artist josh kline, the modern art gallery london previews a selection of exhibits during miami art basel 2017. taken from the ‘civil war’ exhibit the concrete cast works builds upon kline’s project ‘unemployment’, looking at the potent potential human consequences of automation, artificial intelligence, and mass-unemployment in the decades ahead.

josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
image of the civil war exhibition in london
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in civil war josh kline explores the socio-political implications of these transformations in the context of the united states, including large-scale installations of cast sculptures that appear as concrete rubble, as well as a new short film set in a utopian future america. during art basel in miami, modern art gallery displayed a wendy house and piles of teddy bears cast in concrete were exhibited against grey plastered walls and industrial flooring, creating a look that was altogether apocalyptic. civil war is part of an ongoing cycle of installation-based projects by kline about human life in the 21st Century.

 
concrete piles of rubble occupy the space
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the exhibits look at the potential human consequences of automation, artificial intelligence, and mass-unemployment
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modern art gallery london previews exhibits from josh kline’s major new body of work civil war
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
a concrete wendy house alludes to a dystopian future
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
the concrete shell offer a desaturated image in place of something traditionally colourful
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
close-up details of the concrete case wendy house
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
broken part of concrete basins are strewn across the space

 

josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
broken pieces of garden tools are piled up in the grey space
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
close ups show the iron rod skeletons within the concrete casts of the items
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
objects such as phones, plastic forks and nail files are shown inside the objects
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josh kline civil war modern art gallery london concrete wendy house
beer cans, mugs and other items act as symbols of everyday life, in contrast with the concrete dystopia kline has created
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