Jacob DahlgrenThird Uncle #8 2015, MDF, acrylic paint, electrical cable, aluminium, 199 x 132 cm. Courtest of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
Preview: Friday 27th February 5pm - 7pm
Exhibition continues: 28th February 2015 - 25th April 2015
61 Conduit Street
London W1S 2GB
Friday and Saturday, 10am - 6pm
(and by appointment)
tel: +44 (0)207 434 1985
Workplace Gallery is delighted to announce Third Uncle the first solo exhibition of Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren at Workplace London.
Third Uncle brings together a series of new abstract paintings made using live electrical cable set into a pristine surface of layered acrylic paint. Oscillating between painting and installation, form and function Dahlgren's plug-in works are connected together alongside lamps, TV monitors, and other everyday electrical items creating a circuit throughout the entire gallery.
Dahlgren's work is concerned with a dialogue between the authoritative singularity of pure formal abstraction and its position within a variable, complex and social shared culture. His repetitious collections of ubiquitous and ordinary objects, often domestic, industrially manufactured (and frequently, knowingly Scandinavian); stand in their gestalt form as proxy for High Modernist Abstract Painting and for all of the ideological territory that Twentieth Century Art Theory has staked out for it. The contributing objects, however, signify a collective and human aspect of society, each representing an individual choice, used in a unique way by its consumer. Together these objects stand for the group or community, and as such they become democratic rather than authored. Through endless ingenious amalgams of pattern, abstraction and mass-produced objects, Dahlgren's recent works purposefully inhabit modes of modernist painting, deliberately playing with the inherent autonomy of the source material.
Jacob Dahlgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970. Dahlgren represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York, USA, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, and Tramway, Glasgow, UK. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jacob DahlgrenThird Uncle #7 2015, MDF, acrylic paint, electrical cable, aluminium, 110 x 110 cm. Courtest of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
Image: Darren Banks, The Raven, Installation view, Mixed media, 2015, Courtesy of the artist, New Art Gallery Wallsall and Workplace Gallery, UK
The New Art Gallery Walsall
4th December 2014 - 26 April 2015
Churton Fairman (1924 - 1997) - better known by his alias Mike Raven - had an extraordinary life. Starting out as an aspiring ballet dancer and photographer, he then became a pirate radio dj, pioneer of blues music and one of the first presenters on Radio One. He was also a horror movie actor, starring alongside the like of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. In the 1970s he gave up his celebrity lifestyle and moved to Bodmin Moor in Cornwall to become a sheep farmer and wood carver. Fairman's sculpture, which explored religious themes, was exhibited alongside work by Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein, and was well received and collected during his lifetime, but since then has been all but forgotten.
Artist Darren Banks, who discovered he had a family connection to Churton Fairman and was intrigued by his life story, has recently created a body of work inspired by Fairman's legacy. Banks' practice examines the relationship between objects and film, so he was drawn to Fairman's work as both a sculptor and horror movie actor.
Our 2nd Floor Garman Ryan temporary exhibition space will host a new installation by Banks, which will reference Fairman, alongside works by Epstein and Gaudier-Brzeska in our collection.
The New Art Gallery Walsall has been gifted one of the Churton Fairman's sculptures, which will go on display for the first time in our Religion room as part of this exhibition.
As part of the group show EXHIBITION curated by CIRCA Projects.
Drawing on Susie Green's own experience as an artist and musician who also works as a life-model, this event is an alternative to what is often seen as a one-way experience - an audience drawing a model observationally.
Fluid Medium will take the format of an experimental life-drawing class with exercises in drawing, sound and prop design led by Green. With a view to creating a collaborative immersive environment, an openness to (clothed) participation is asked of those who attend. Previous life drawing experience is not required and drawing materials will be provided.
Susie Green uses the stuff of everyday life as malleable material, making sculptural works that criss-cross between art, music and fashion.
A recurring interest is the concept of fetishisation - how Green herself and others might seek to inhabit an object, surface or texture. Mediation and display are explored through focussing upon the point at which the everyday and casual can become formalised and otherworldly, through lighting and display. Often returning to the idea of pathos, and the exchange between artist and audience, Green is interested in that which is human, emotional and tactile. Making work that is often self-referential, about the pleasures or frustrations of looking and the evocative role of materials, Green explores the potential of an artwork to open up a liminal space in a viewer.
Recent exhibitions and performances include: Double Dare: Day + Night, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (performance with Charm Offensive), The Decorator and the Thief, NGCA Sunderland, EXHIBITION, curated by CIRCA projects at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, Things We, PH Space, Newbridge Project, Newcastle, SPACE TIME: THE FUTURE, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (performance with Silver Fox) I like the Silver, I like the Gold, The Northern Charter, Newcastle and Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London. Susie Green performs with the bands Silver Fox and Charm Offensive.
Fluid Mediums is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
Image: Jacob Dahlgren, The Wonderful World Of Abstraction, 2006, Silk Ribbons and Aluminium,
Moderna Museet, Stockholm (JDA0074) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
4 February 2015 - 15 May 2015 Wednesday-Friday, 12:30-5:30pm or by appointment
RBS Galleries, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA
PRIVATE VIEW: 4 February 2015, 3:30-8:30pm
Prince's Gardens, Imperial College London, the Goethe-Institut London and the RBS Galleries in South Kensington, London
Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) is delighted to present SKULPTUR, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Encompassing indoor and outdoor sculpture, video, installation, and performance, it will be the first ever large scale group exhibition focused exclusively on Nordic sculpture in London, and features the work of many artists who have never exhibited in the city before.
Opening on 4 February 2015, the work will be displayed at three sites in South Kensington: the RBS galleries on Old Brompton Road, the Goethe-Institut London, and Prince's Gardens, a public square owned by Imperial College London.
The exhibition comprises work by seventeen emerging as well as established artists who were selected from open call and by invitation by a panel including the renowned British sculptor, Richard Wentworth. Exhibiting artists are: Nanna Rützou Abell, Jacob Dahlgren, Elmgreen & Dragset, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Marianne Hall, Timo Heino, Michael Johansson, Otto Karvonen, Tove Kjellmark, Anne Koskinen, Mariken Kramer, Maija Närhinen, Gudrun Nielsen, Laila Pullinen, Karianne Stensland, Hartmut Stockter and Jarno Vesala.
Says RBS Deputy Director and Curator, Claire Mander: "SKULPTUR offers a glimpse of the strength and range of contemporary Nordic three dimensional practice and provides the opportunity to explore its distinctiveness."
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Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.