RSVP: Sacha Craddock in conversation with Eric Bainbridge
Sacha Craddock in conversation withEric Bainbridge
3pm Saturday 21st November 2015
Workplace London 61 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2GB
As part of the programme of events running alongside the current exhibition Eric Bainbridge / Joel Kyack at Workplace London, Workplace is delighted to invite you to a conversation between Sacha Craddock and Eric Bainbridge focused on his recent work.
RSVP essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
image: (left and right) Eric BainbridgeUntitled 2015, fur fabric and acrylic, 140cm x 140cm, courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.
Bainbridge's new paintings are made from his signature material - synthetic fur fabric. Composed of applied off-cut shapes of faux-fur these works pose enigmatic and duplicitous explorations: the pragmatic directness of material properties (to cut, to stretch, to wrap, to patch) and pictorial invocations of spatial depth or figuration. The paucity of gesture employed by Bainbridge invites sustained consideration. Whilst the hyper-artificiality of the fur fabric simultaneously implies luxury and an aspirational escape towards it, these new paintings, as is typical of Bainbridge's work, move beyond their formal conditions to speak of the socio-political currents that lie, camouflaged, beneath their apparent semiotic assertions.
Sacha Craddock is an independent art critic, writer & curator based in London. She studied painting at Central Saint Martins followed by a post-graduate painting degree at Chelsea School of Art before going on to write criticism for The Guardian and The Times. She is Chair of both New Contemporaries and Braziers International Workshop. She co-founded ArtSchool Palestine and is a public art advisor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Craddock, who has judged many art prizes, such as the Turner Prize in 1999 and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2008, is currently working on a major book on British contemporary art.
Eric Bainbridge was born in Consett, County Durham, UK in 1955. He studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and completed a Masters in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1981. Previous exhibitions include the 1986 and 1990 Venice Biennale; Material Culture at the Hayward Gallery, London; British Art of the 80's and 90's at IMMA in Dublin; Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London. Solo exhibitions include View Points The Walker Art Centre, Minnieapolis; Eric Bainbridge ICA, Boston; Style, Space, Elegance, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Supercollage, New Art Gallery Walsall; Forward Thinking, MIMA, Middlesbrough; and Eric Bainbridge - Steel Sculptures at Camden Art Centre. His work is in numerous international collections including the Stedelijk Collection, Arts Council England Collection, The Margulies Collection, and the Tate Collection. Bainbridge lives and works in Hartlepool and Sunderland, UK
For enquiries regarding the works in this exhibition please email: email@example.com
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.