Have you seen the huge message that has appeared in Exeter Phoenix’s windows spelling out the positive and defiant message to the world at large to “never, never, never, never give up”?
The sign is part of an exhibition called Against All Odds which runs at Exeter Phoenix until 6 July. The artists, a duo fro Plymouth called LOW PROFILE, are interested in ideas around survival, preparedness and perseverance, often through a series of task-led works that test their commitment to keeping going and not giving up. Another feature of the exhibition is the Survival Shelf – a presentation of their on-going, eclectic and ever expanding library of books that utilise some word ‘survive’ in their titles; from The SAS Survival Guide to Gloria Gaynor’s autobiography, I Will Survive. Their work is filled with humour, absurdity and has a light touch.
Matt Burrows, Art Curator at Exeter Phoenix:
‘The great thing about the message, ‘NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP’ is that, it will resonate differently with each individual who reads it. On a wider scale, in this time of social uncertainty, it is a positive message for the community and by framing it within Exeter Phoenix it also acts as a rallying call for artists and arts venues that are struggling under increasing pressures and funding cuts.’