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View of “Dan Rees,” 2015. Foreground: Tri Tin, 2015. Background: China Trivision 1, 2015.

Dan Rees

Tanya Leighton

View of “Dan Rees,” 2015. Foreground: Tri Tin, 2015. Background: China Trivision 1, 2015.

“Stimulate Surprise” was Dan Rees’s fourth solo show at Tanya Leighton, and his second without any of the abstract paintings for which he’s best known. The exhibition consisted of six three-dimensional works and two videos, all addressing tropes of industry (specifically agriculture), advertising, and global trade. Though this thematic framework could have said a lot about the artist’s own industrious output of paintings, their signature Artex—a material otherwise most often used in texturing ceilings—finish and their proliferation on the market and in digital reproduction, here it underpinned an obscure view on how commerce could draw far-flung places into relation: namely, Rees’s Welsh home, as a potential site for increased seaweed cultivation; diverse Asian seaweed-producing regions; and Continental Europe, an ostensible growth market for sales. (The show included

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