PRESS RELEASE

RENAISSANCE 2001 AT TUBAL CAIN GALLERY

11TH JULY - 8TH AUGUST 1998



International art group Renaissance 2001 (R2001) will be holding a major
exhibition at Tubal Cain Gallery, Harrogate, this summer. Artists from
Asia, Australasia, North America, Europe and South America will be
taking part, showing work from as far afield as Japan, South Korea, New
Zealand, California, Hawaii, Argentina and Iceland.

R2001 is unique in that it was formed via the Internet (it has its own
website and virtual gallery at http://r2001.com), and conducts most of
its global activities through the same medium. After only six months
existence it had 80 member sites in 24 countries representing over 200
artists. The project's three founders (Seiji Ueoka in Tokyo, Aleksi
Aaltonen in Finland, and Gerald O'Connell in London) believe that
"Renaissance 2001 is the first art movement to take full account of the
fact that the Internet is the most important and powerful step forward
in human communications since the invention of the printing press. The
artists involved in it are creating a new kind of Arts Community where
cultural and geographical distance are dissolved and rendered
meaningless."

Despite this emphasis on the power of modern communications, much of the
work on show at Tubal Cain will be in traditional media - demonstrating
that for forward-looking young artists worldwide, there is still
enormous mileage and scope for originality and innovation in the use of
the same basic tools and materials that were available in the
Renaissance of Da Vinci and Michaelangelo.

For R2001 the exhibition is an important step in taking art that started
its public life in the 'virtual' world of the Internet, and bringing it
into the actual world of real galleries, visited by real people. At the
same time, for Tubal Cain with its emphasis on bringing art into the
life of the community, this represents an important new connection with
the fastest growing global community of all - that of the Internet.

The organisers are convinced that the major strength of this exhibition
will be the richness of its diversity, a surprising view, perhaps, of an
exhibition consisting of the work of a single project or group. But, as
co-founder Gerald O'Connell points out, "Renaissance 2001 comes in many
different flavours. It is artistically, culturally and ethnically
diverse. Our aim is not to present a single point of view. The future
will not be like that. It will be like the Internet, full of unexpected
variation..."


DATES:

EXHIBITION OPENS: 11th July: (Runs for 4 weeks)
PRIVATE/PRESS VIEWING: 10th July



CONTACT DETAILS

Exhibition Organiser:
Gary Bonn Art
69 High St
Sanquhar
DG4 6DT
Scotland
United Kingdom

Tubal Cain Gallery
Tubal Cain Contemporary Arts Foundation.
The Back of Dragon Road.
Harrogate.
England.
HG1 5DU

Phone: +44 1423 506722 Contact: Steve Blaylock.

Renaissance 2001
website: http://r2001.com
Gerald O'Connell: tel: +44 181 520 7276 email: goc@gacoc.demon.co.uk
Aleksi Aaltonen: email: aleksi.aaltonen@pp.inet.fi
Seiji Ueoka: email: fig37@cap.bekkoame.ne.jp