London

Ramsay Bird

Gimpel Fils

An exhibition handout penned by Graham Ramsay and Gavin Bird but attributed to David Batty, a well-known footballer, tells us all about Ramsay Bird’s first solo show. Well, perhaps it doesn’t. Batty plays for England and the current league leader, Leeds (where Ramsay and Bird met and studied). At the time Ramsay Bird’s show opened, he was suspended from the game due to an accumulation of offences on the field. Ramsay Bird are young and brash. They do what one would expect—they cover the issues that need to be covered in a lighthearted way. What they possess, however, which helps a lot, is an understanding that, in order to be more than momentarily engaging, irony must be central to the working process. That it must function as a continual probing into the adequacy of ideas and categories, rather than as a mere tone of voice. In their statement they suggest that, although it might look as

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