‘March’ A solo show by Bex Massey

130 x 130cms ‘This months top five must see’Whitechapel Gallery and Time Out October First ThursdaysPrivate View: Thursday October 4th 6-9pmA-side B-side Gallery5-9 Amhurst TerraceHackneyE8 2BTSHOW DATES:Exhibition will run 5th – 14th October last day Sunday 14th OctoberOpening times: Thurs – Sun 12 – 6pm & by appointmentwww.facebook.com/AsideBsideGallery@Aside_Bside_’Rebekah’ 130 x 130cms‘March’ is a solo show by Bex Massey.  Massey utilises graphite oils and installation in an overtly figurative manner in order to spark discussion around journalism and its’ manipulative impact on the psyche of the general public.Massey has exhibited internationally and this will be her first solo show in the UK.Massey’s work is based on current affairs social issues and the way in which they are documented by the media.  ‘At present we are bombarded with so much unfiltered information that crucial issues are overlooked.  Likewise we view such a plethora of depressing imagery and shock tactic headlines – we have become almost dehumanised to an individual’s tragedy.  With such a volume of statistics and crude data being continuously thrown at us – is it just easier to overlook the harsh reality of the facts? Too frequently we are told what to think feel and do.'(Massey 2011)Journalism and its manipulative impact on the psyche of the general public have long been a line of questioning in her work.  In light of recent developments in media representation and the iminent verdict of the leveson enquiry; the way in which news is collected and reported will change irrevocably.  This series of work aims to document journalism in its current status.  As part of her residency at Central Foundation Girls School she collated a body of work based on Media imagery throughout the month of March.  This ‘Drawing a Day’ project became the basis for large scale paintings installation and collage.  Massey’s mismatching of imagery and text coupled with scale and peculiar portrait crops creates alternative headlines enabling viewer to become editor.”