News | Tuesday, 7th March 2017

RUSE: the artfulness of deceit

The latest exhibition at the Holden Gallery to explore reality and illusion

Suzanne Treister, Alchemy-The New York Times 7 March 2007

RUSE: the artfulness of deceit

20th March - 19th May 2017

(Please note: the gallery will be closed for two weeks at Easter from 10th – 21st April)

Preview: Friday 17th March, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Zoe Beloff, Laurent Grasso, Bridget Smith, Clare Strand, Suzanne Treister

As television has become saturated with its own constructed take on ‘reality’ and news media has become more deeply embroiled in the question of what authenticity might actually mean - the exhibition takes time to explore some of the grey areas between reality and illusion. In some ways, ideas of reality are only a matter of belief, if this is the case, then the points where this is stretched to breaking point become of particular interest. In the world of the magic act, we know we are being tricked by the skill of the performer, the intrigue lies in the way it is done. Outside of the theatrical, where different kinds of deception take place, things are not always so easy to spot.

The exhibition focusses on things that are not quite what they seem. It is based firmly in the realm of the ordinary, but the ways in this might be transformed. This appears through different guises; an interest in the world of illusion, reconfiguring the pages of the mass media, cinema as a device to divert the masses. All of which relates to the desire to manipulate people and things. All of the work reflects on the shifting boundaries between reality, truth and illusion.

Ruse will also include the complete series of Outrageous Fortune Tarot Cards, a project which entailed seventy-eight contemporary artists reinterpreting the classic Tarot de Marseille deck of cards. Although used as playing cards throughout Europe since the 15th century, in the English-speaking world the tarot is generally associated with divination and fortune telling.

Admission Free

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 12 – 6pm,
Open late on Thursdays until 7pm.

Holden Gallery
Curator: Steven Gartside
Assistant Curator: Zoe Watson

For further details and any press images and enquiries contact Zoe Watson:, 0161 247 1072.
Twitter: @HoldenGallery

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