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Painting, Performance
28th June – 10th August 2013
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna


Opening: Thursday, 27th June 2013, 6 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Summer Party: Friday, 28th June 2013, 5 p.m. – open end
Artist Talk: Tuesday, 2nd July, 6 – 7 p.m.

The title for the upcoming exhibition by London based artists Twinkle Troughton and Tinsel Edwards was inspired by the painting An Allegory of Avarice by Albrecht Dürer (1507) which is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The painting serves as a warning at both the transience of life and the ultimate worthlessness of earthly fortune; it is one of many known paintings under the same title, all warning of greed and its consequences. Here the word 'Affluence' replaces 'Allegory' which offers insight into the narrative of the exhibition. Allegory is certainly relevant to some of the pieces, but 'affluence' reflects the hopeful references within their works as well as the critical and questioning aspect. We live in an affluent world, but her wealth lies in the hands of the fewest. And the artists do not believe affluence and wealth to be negative, but that it is used in the wrong way.

With greed being a pivotal starting point to many of Tinsel and Twinkle's own works, and as well as being an urgent current global issue, this title highlights our repetitive history and how art reflects yet challenges life, both now and centuries ago.
As well as exhibiting their individual paintings, the duo is heading to Vienna to stage their collaborative piece The Bank of Twinkle and Tinsel. Following on from their 2012 Mini Retrospective exhibition and notorious Kidnapped Banker stunt in London, the exhibition at Galerie Michaela Stock will be the first time the artists have shown work in and taken their art performance works to Vienna. In the words of the English artist Graham Crowley:

"Within their cosmology Tinsel and Twinkle ‚run' a bank. But the only currency that 'The Bank of Twinkle and Tinsel' really trade in is hope, wrapped in gentle satire. They are instinctive socialists, believe in equality and collective action and thus offer us social awareness instead of social autism." (Graham Crowley: Affluence and Avarice. When Mama met Dada, 2013)

During a two week residency with the gallery, Twinkle and Tinsel will be setting up their Bank of Twinkle and Tinsel in public spaces to continue trading in their currency of thoughts, where passers-by will be able to write their thoughts on the global economy on bespoke T&T bank notes (pictured above) and receive a T&T banknote stamped and dated in return. The bank will also be open in the gallery during the opening night and visitors can participate.

Individual Practices:
Politics, history and the human condition are central themes at the heart of Twinkle Troughton's practice. Focussing on one or all of these elements, she primarily uses acrylic to paint canvases which are often social commentaries, reflecting or questioning issues usually intertwined with flaws or challenges of the human condition.
Referencing political themes and creating challenging social commentary, Tinsel Edwards' paintings also reflect on the transience of life, emphasizing the urgency and importance of positive action in our finite lifetime. Although her painting ultimately seeks to challenge, personal narrative is ever present in the work, revealing her individual viewpoint on the world.
Together they collaborate on exhibitions, curatorial projects and public performance based art work. Previous shows include Twinkle at Salzburg's Hangar7 and the Hay Hill Gallery on Cork St London while Tinsel exhibited in Banksy's Santa's Ghetto exhibition in London and at Jena Kunstverein in Germany. Other joint exhibitions include The Orange County Centre of Contemporary Art in CA, USA and at Flag Stop Art Fair in LA, USA.

Tinsel Edwards
Twinkle Troughton


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