Mike PrattUntitled, 2014, Metal, Leather Jacket, Hair, Wax and motor, 86 x 86 x 195 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery
The Meeting of Two Eyebrows
21st November 2014 - 31st January 2015
61 Conduit Street
London W1S 2GB
Friday and Saturday, 10am - 6pm
(and by appointment)
tel: +44 (0)207 434 1985
Workplace Gallery is pleased to announce The Meeting of Two Eyebrows the first solo exhibition of Mike Pratt at Workplace London comprising an installation of recent sculpture and painting made during the summer of 2014.
All of the works are loosely based around the theme of the torso, with the wax cast paintings being produced using the same mold. In total there are 5 paintings and 5 vibrating bikers. I had always wanted to work with worn out leather jackets as a material just because they hold a close relationship to painting, with a layered surface revealing actions and incidents. I wanted these objects to be presented as a portrait, emulating an experience. Their frayed hair extensions (garnished with seashells and feathers) allow a non-verbal declaration towards the quintessential outsider, describing their characteristics through materiality. The paintings are abstractions; they mimic each other's form and share a domestic dining room scale. Their nature is pointed towards romantic notions and vague uncertainties. My position whilst making these works was always to push and pull the outcomes of the process, making space to rely on intuitive remarks.
Mike Pratt 2014
Mike Pratt was born in 1987 in Seaham, North East England. He graduated from Northumbria University in 2009 where he was awarded the Paul Mason Sculpture Prize and completed a two-year postgraduate programme at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2014 where he currently lives and works. Solo exhibitions include Rubberhead/Rubbernecking B.M.W. Edinburgh, Good Mourning Bell Workplace Gateshead, Cumberland Sausage Extraspazio, Rome, and HUBBA HUBBA, Satellite, Newcastle. Group Exhibitions include Satellite Satellite Workplace London, Zamboni for the Moose Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, Offspring de Ateliers, Amsterdam, Riff/Rift Baltic39, Newcastle upon Tyne, Right Eye, Left Eye V8 Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany, Title NewBridge Space, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Theatrical Dynamics Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA, Jesmonite on Paper Malgras Naudet, Manchester and A3 Project Space, Birmingham, BCN Collection Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Nice Paintings Grundy Art Gallery, ROTATE Contemporary Art Society, London, Captain of all Pleasures EMBASSY Gallery Edinburgh, SPECTRUM NewBridge Space, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Some people deserve everything they get The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Pratt is a founder member of the artists group JAMBON.
Workplace Gallery have presented solo booths of Pratt's work at both Art Los Angeles Contemporary and The Manchester Contemporary and included his work in gallery presentations at NADA Miami and The Armory Show New York. His work is included in private collections in the UK, Italy, and USA.
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Mike PrattMr D'Arcy, 2014, Wax and Resin, 102 x 87 x 19.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery
images: Cecilia Stenbom SYSTEM, 2014, Single Channel HD Film, Duration 10 min 47 sec. Made with support from Arts Council England. Produced by Pins & Needles.
Cecilia Stenbom In Waiting, 2014, Duration 10 min 40 sec, Commissioned by Creative England. Produced by Pins & Needles. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
Cecilia Stenbom's recent films SYSTEM (2014) and In Waiting (2014) will be screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
SYSTEM will be screened in the artist film section, part of the official selection:
Friday November 7th 13:45-15.00 at Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL Saturday November 8th 10.00-11.15 at According to McGee, 8 Tower St, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9SA Sunday November 9th 17:30-18.45 Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL
In Waiting will be screened as part of Creative England's iShorts screening:
Saturday 8th 15.00-17.00 at Bootham School 49-57 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire YO30 7BU
For more information: http://www.asff.co.uk
The BAFTA Qualifying ASFF: Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. One of the UK's most exciting site-specific events, this year's festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 6 - 9 November 2014. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, ASFF invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience.
In the link below Cecilia Stenbom discusses four of her films which explore notions of fear, perceptions of crime and obsessive compulsive behaviour within society.
Commissioned by the North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), this is one of eight films that will be exclusively launched in partnership with This Is Tomorrow over the course of eight weeks. Taking stock of the increasing national and international recognition that artists based in the North East are attracting, the films profile and celebrate the recent bodies of work and wider practices of the selected artists.
Jennifer Douglas, Painting #3, 2014, Floor paint and carbon paper pigment on canvas, 50 x 50 cm Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.
Confusion in her eyes that says it all
Unit 10, 21 Wren Street
London WC1 0HF
Private view: 6 November 2014, 6:30-8.30 Exhibition dates: 7 November - 13 December 2014 Opening hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat 11am - 3pm and by appointment
Confusion in her eyes that says it all brings together three artists who each in turn explore perceptions of intimacy and communication, deceptive illusion and control. Humble, everyday materials are transformed, creating new narratives and spaces that draw us in and make us question the nature of experience. Hereby, the exhibition examines the unique perspective an individual experiences at a particular moment in time, and the altered perceptions evoked by an artwork.
In Tamsin Casswell's work, disregarded pieces of fabric are delicately hand-embroidered to create intimate repairs and structures that evoke recollected landscapes and forms. Jennifer Douglas employs a purposefully codified register of materials exploring the relationships between inherent function and renewed significance and twisting interpretation. Hans Rosenström's installation invites a sole spectator into a re-configured space with site-specific audio, in which they themselves become part of a perplexing narrative.
In Freudian terms, as human beings add, subtract and modify each of life's obstacles in order to interpret reality, they attempt to balance the unconscious with the conscious. In the exhibition, each artist controls their environment in a dynamic struggle with the viewers' interpretation. The artist's manipulation can therefore be seen as employing different conscious techniques to alter the protagonists' perception. We are left with a resultant space where meanings hover, and outcomes are uncertain.
Tamsin Casswell was born in 1984 and lives and works in London. She received her MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2008. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries. Exhibitions include Mayor's Parlour Gallery, London, and Cafe Viva, London. She will be exhibiting in The Workers, curated by Susan Collis in London in 2015.
Jennifer Douglas was born in 1975, in Amersham, UK. She studied at Newcastle University and Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Surface, The Civic, Barnsley, UK; Collecting Contemporary Art, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; Exit Strategy, Tramway, Glasgow, UK The Short Score, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham; You Shall Know Our Velocity, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; FANTASTICA, Grundy Art Gallery & Museum, Blackpool; ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society, London; Northern Futures, The Civic, Barnsley, UK. She was the winner of 2D Salon Art Prize 2012, and Northern Futures. Jennifer Douglas lives and works in Gateshead, UK.
Hans Rosenström was born in Lohja, Finland in 1978, and lives and works in London. He holds an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and has received numerous grants and scholarships. Selected solo exhibitions include: Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland; Finnish Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria. Group shows include: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Bonniers konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; West Space, Melbourne, Australia; Centro Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile. He was awarded The Finnish Art Association prize, Duukaattipalkinto in 2011 and the Stina Krooks stiftelse art prize in 2010.
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