Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Zoo Art Fair 2009, October 16-19
3-10 Shoreditch High Street
Workplace Gallery presents new work by Ant Macari and Richard Rigg.
Ant Macari’s artworks utilise a multimodal system of communication – images, words, signs, symbols and objects. Within this cross-disciplinary practice drawing functions at the core of Macari’s work. Ark (Lemma) 2009 is a transport crate encoding the Golden Ratio decorated with esoteric symbols – geometrical, cultural and religious.
Ruach HaShem (Brain of God) 2009 is an aperture in the booth architecture that takes its shape from the outline of God The Creator from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.
Ant Macari was born in 1976 in Galashiels, Scotland. Recent exhibitions include the touring exhibition Rank: Picturing the Social Order 1516–2009 and his first solo exhibition Caput Mortuum (Fresh As Tomorrow) at BALTIC. Macari was recently included in Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory published by New Museum, New York and Phaidon Press.
Richard Rigg’s sculptures reproduce and manipulate everyday objects, turning them into theoretical conundrums or playful propositions. This One, The Next, and The One After That (2009) is a continuous drip or water controlled by a hidden clockwork mechanism in the ceiling above. Folded Table Cloth and Table Cloth Folded (2009) presents two objects both the enantiomer (non- superposable complete mirror image)
of the other. Rigg’s works contain a multitude of meanings, connections, possibilities and invitations, a meeting of the start, with its end. Richard Rigg was born in 1980, in
Penrith, Cumbria, UK. His work was recently included in Morphic Resonance at PSL Leeds, and his first solo exhibition will take place at Workplace Gallery in 2010.
As part of the Zoo Art Fair solo presentations Workplace Gallery also presents
Richard Rigg Two Writing Desks, False Drawer 2009.
Two Writing Desks, False Drawer 2009 was made and exhibited for Morphic Resonance: an exhibition/residency at PSL [Project Space Leeds]. Based in Newcastle, Rigg was unable to use PSL as a studio space so, in his absence he set up a worktable to mimic his table at home where he would actually be working. The desk on top is a direct copy in Oroko wood of the desk supporting it, the false drawer of the copy rendering the copy partially dysfunctional. Two Writing Desks, False Drawer continues the idea of wanting to be in one place, whilst being in another.
Workplace Gallery would like to thank Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Charlie Hoult for their support in the production of Ant Macari’s work for Zoo 2009.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
opening venerdì 02 ottobre 2009 ore 19.00
neon>campobase presenta Die Begnadigung / La Sospensione
un progetto espositivo di M+M e Wolfgang Weileder
In occasione della Quinta giornata del Contemporaneo, venerdì 2 ottobre alle ore 19.00 neon>campobase presenta Die Begnadigung / La Sospensione, progetto espositivo di M+M e di Wolfgang Weileder.
M+M è la sigla che identifica la collaborazione artistica fra Marc Weis, nato nel 1965, e Martin De Mattia, nato nel 1963. M+M risiedono a Monaco di Baviera e da anni conducono una ricerca artistica complessa: la loro produzione comprende lavori fotografici, film, videoinstallazioni, opere realizzate con utilizzo di tecnologie digitali, sculture e interventi di carattere architettonico nello spazio pubblico.
Wolfgang Weileder è nato a Monaco di Baviera nel 1965. Attualmente è docente di Scultura Contemporanea alla Newcastle University. Il suo lavoro più recente è incentrato sull'esplorazione e la decostruzione critica dell'architettura, sull'indagine dello spazio pubblico e sulle interazioni con l'ambiente urbano. Gli interventi privilegiano installazioni architettoniche temporanee e sculture site-specific su larga scala, ma il suo lavoro include anche performance, film, fotografia e sound installation.
La mostra nasce dalla collaborazione con la Workplace Gallery di Gateshead / Newcastle, dove è stata realizzata una prima esposizione degli stessi artisti che si intitolava „To Demon King’s Castle, of course...“. Come avvenuto in Inghilterra, anche il progetto che sarà realizzato a Bologna è stato progettato in stretta relazione con lo spazio specifico della galleria.
Con l’installazione galleria 24°,Wolfgang Weileder, viene ad interagire direttamente con la struttura espositiva di neon>campobase. Partendo dalla planimetria della galleria, l’artista, utilizzando blocchi da costruzione Gasbeton, realizza un' architettura sospesa che - sollevata dal piano di calpestio grazie al sostegno di un ponteggio - intende replicare in tutto e per tutto lo spazio della galleria stessa, eccezion fatta per una rotazione nello spazio di 24 gradi che Weileder ha impresso alla struttura. In sintonia con altre recenti esibizioni realizzate presso neon>campobase, la suddetta installazione, attraverso la “decostruzione” e la successiva “ricostruzione” dello spazio espositivo, interviene sul concetto stesso di spazio, interrogandosi sulle possibilità di una ridefinizione del rapporto tra architettura e arte.
M+M infiltrano in questo ibrido tra scultura e architettura una istallazione video a due canali. Il film Lunedì, girato in 16 mm., distorce la struttura di un doppio racconto e ricrea con mezzi narrativi una malinconica situazione famigliare sospesa nel tempo. Il testo e la messa in scena si riferiscono alla scena Monday nel film The Shining di Stanley Kubrick. Le due proiezioni, esattamente sincronizzate, mostrano due versioni dello stesso dialogo di carattere psicologico tra un padre e sua figlia e tra lo stesso uomo e una donna: la conversazione posta in parallelo mette allo scoperto un carattere vago, oscillante delle emozioni familiari, di tenerezza e di ira repressa, di nostalgia sensuale e di avversione improvvisa. L’identità del padre e l'identità del marito si trova in un cambiamento continuo tra i ruoli e le emozioni.
neon>campobase presents Die Begnadigung / La Sospensione
a project by M+M and Wolfgang Weileder. Opening: Friday, October 2nd 7:00 p.m.
M+M stands for the artistic collaboration between Marc Weis (b. 1965 in Luxembourg) and Martin De Mattia (b.1963 in Munchen): a couple of artists established in Munich. Their work is mainly focused on a complex artistic research involving photography, film production, video installation enabled by the use of digital technology. M+M worked also in public spaces by environmental installation and site specific sculptures.
Wolfgang Weileder was born in Munich. He currently works as the Professor in Contemporary Sculpture at Newcastle University, UK. His recent work is primarily concerned with the exploration and critical deconstruction of architecture, public spaces and the interactions we have with the ubiquitous urban environment. Focusing on large-scale temporary site-specific architectural installation and sculpture in the urban environment his work also branches into performance, film, photography and sound installation.
This exhibition is the result of a partnership with Workplace Gallery in Gateshead / Newcastle, where the three artists realized the show called „To Demon King’s Castle, of course...“. Following the same path, the project developed in Bologna is site specific and conceived in a tight relationship with space.
Wolfgang Weileder’s installation galleria 24° directly references and interacts with the architecture of Neon Gallery. Rotated by 24° he re-builds the building using lightweight concrete blocks. The full-scale shell is suspended from the ceiling and supported by a scaffolding structure. With the same approach pursued in previous projects, this installation de- and re-constructs the space in a self-referential gesture, redefining the relationship between visual arts and architecture.
M+M interact with this “interfield” project by a double channel video installation. The 16mm movie Lunedì distorts and readapted a double narration structure creating a new approach to depict a melancholic picture of a suspended everyday life setting. The hypertextual reference is the Monday Scene in The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. The two screenings (made in synch) show the same psychological setting: a dialogue between father and daughter / a dialogue between man and woman; the explicit parallel between the two conversations underlines the hazy sneaky, waving side of relationship inside family. Tenderness and suffocated rage; sensual nostalgia and sudden feeling of hate ... The duplicity of the father/ husband followed a continuous exchange of roles and emotions.
“It’s Not The End Of The World”
Preview: 9th October 2009, 6 – 9pm
10th – 11th October
Sat– Sun, 11am – 3pm (or by appointment)
“...a mental blackhole sucking us into a world of throw-away VHS culture circa 1987.”
Prussian Projekte launches its new exhibitions space for video and moving image work in Sherwood with a
solo show by U.K based artist Darren Banks presenting “It’s Not The End Of The World”, a collection of video
Banks approaches the medium of video with the perspective of a sculpture, using video with a cut and paste
methodology His ideas around horror, suspense, science fiction, defunct technologies, creation and the
unknown are all explored.
Working with previously lost or forgotten imagery and film, Banks deconstructs and reassembles to push his
work in new directions, conveying his ideologies succinctly and yet with unerringly accurate, stuttering
motion. Playing with our hopes and expectations he teases our anticipation time after time, building tension,
and then it knocking back down.
Using nostalgia and humour in tandem, Banks lures the viewer in to a comfortable reading of his work-but
once past the facade a very different perspective to the work is revealed. Playing with what is absent from
his video world, Banks revels in where the action isn’t, dancing in the silence and screaming down an
Recent Exhibitions Include: Better Place Portraiture, Auto Italia south east, London; Sci-fi looking thing,
Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London; The Golden Record, Collective
Gallery, Edinburgh; DC Workplace Gallery stand, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Darren Banks lives and works in Finedon Doven, East Midlands, and is represented by Workplace Gallery,
Prussian Projekte is the first gallery established for moving image and video work in Nottingham. Bank’s
show is the first of a Curated programme of video and film works by both emerging and established artists.
Alongside its exhibition programme Prussian Projekte will be showing new films from independent
Prussian Projekte, Unit 3, OPM House, Haydn Rd, Nottingham, NG5 2LE
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LONG AFTER TONIGHT & THESE ARE THE DAYS
Contemporary artist Matt Stokes delves deep into unique moments of recent British and American cultural history and identity
Matt Stokes' work investigates underground movements and music scenes, particularly the way in which events contribute to a collective social experience.
The film Long After Tonight earned Stokes the 2006 Beck's Futures Prize and was inspired by the Northern Soul scene that developed in the UK during the late 60s and 70s. Simply put, Northern Soul was a term coined to describe the dislocation of obscure up-tempo African-American soul music to the north of England during this time. The piece documents the re-staging of a Northern Soul night at St Salvador's Church in Dundee, Scotland, which was formerly used as a dance venue. The mix of real-time and slowed footage of the dancers intermingles with the gilded ornate religious imagery of the church, heightening the connection between the location and the participant’s activity as expressions of faith, commitment and shared purpose.
The two-channel film, these are the days, explores the punk subculture of Austin, Texas, which has long been a centre for music in the US. The work was made by organising two separate events. The first consisted of a free, all-ages gig held at a skate and music venue, and the second brought together members of several Austin-based punk and hardcore bands to create a soundtrack to accompany the silent film shot during the gig. The result is a portrait of a musical subculture that challenges notions of causality, originality, tribute and circularity.
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Fri 09 Oct - Sun 25 Oct
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