Public View 14 March 6-9 PM
15 March 11-2 PM
Tour/Talk 15 March @ 12
Upper Gallery at Old Print Works
498-506 Moseley Road
 B12 9AH

‘To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world- and, at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are.’ 

– Marshall Berman

SOLID PROJECTS presents Retrograde, the first group show of 2020, exhibiting the work of Day Barry, Asuf Ishaq, Francisca Sosa López,  Michal Raz and Monica Perez Vega.

Retrograde has two implications. It is about going backwards and reverting to an earlier inferior condition. It is also about reversing one’s orbit or going against the predominant motion. Therefore, it can be seen as both a backward and forward progress; a deterioration and an implied resistance.

These two polarities define the paradox of our modern existence.

By questioning what it means to go against the ‘orbital forces’, this exhibition considers the retrograde, in nature as in art, as a fundamental function of progress within the cyclical nature of all things.

About the Artists


David Barry (DAY), originally from Liverpool, explores the interaction of cultures within an urban aesthetic. DAY comes from an Irish sea-faring family and drawing inspiration from his mixed-race daughter, he considers the motif of the modern world as the entanglement of competing histories.


Asuf’s work investigates the damaging colonial legacy of objectification of nature and the human body, silent objects and subjects to be exploited and exercised control over. He is interested in the invisibility of ‘slow violence’ against the environment and post colonial bodies, violence that occurs continuously through phases of disruptions of life cycles of non-human and human life. Asuf works with moving image, audio, sculpture, installation and graphics.


Francisca’s practice researches emotion and how art can coax various feelings. She creates work based on her personal emotions, reactions, disappointments and affections to her country, Venezuela. It is with this complicated relationship in mind that she writes, paints, sews, destroys, rebuilds and creates work.


Michal was born in Jerusalem, Israel and is currently based in London. Michal is interested in creating physical structures which obscure and reveal one another, break established orders and that are simultaneously lyrical and awkward, arbitrary and purposeful. Her works deal with polarities, as well as the concept of non-separation and lack of hierarchy both through traditional techniques and emerging ways of making. The play of polarities is the expression of the belief in both seen and unseen ever existent unity in diversity.


Monica is accustomed to starting over. Having moved several times over the past ten years, the theme of retrograde is a prevalent part of her experience. She is continually adapting to change and draws such parallels to nature. All things in nature must adapt to the uncontrollable elements forced upon them and she is seeking to capture that which is on the verge of either renewal or collapse. Amid the relentless story of progress and the ever-changing state of all things, she looks to nature for signs of hope; of a promise of return.