Laura Lancaster,Priestman Gallery, University of Sunderland, 2017, Sunderland, UK
23 January - 24 February 2017
Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5pm
University of Sunderland
Priestman Building, Green Terrace,
Sunderland, SR1 3PZ
We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent large scale works by Laura Lancaster at Priestman Gallery, University of Sunderland.
Laura Lancaster makes paintings from an archive of anonymous photographs procured from thrift stores and flea markets. Her work transposes the forgotten and discarded snap-shots of strangers' lives into an ambiguous and uncanny territory between abstraction and figuration. Divorcing her subjects from their specific context and time, Lancaster renders these images uncanny and strange, relocating them to a place of collective memory and experience.
Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 180 x 230 cm, Courtesy of the artist and WORKPLACE, UK
Laura Lancaster was born in Hartlepool, UK in 1979. She lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Lancaster has shown her work in numerous exhibitions worldwide including Laura Lancaster, New Art Gallery Walsall; A Stranger's Dream, Sargent's Daughters, New York; Laura Lancaster, Wooson Gallery, Korea; Shapeshifter, Workplace London, UK. Group Exhibitions include: Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare, UK; Private Utopia, Tokyo Station Gallery, Japan; Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan; Itami City Museum of Art, Japan; Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art St Etienne; Glasgow International; October - Salon, Belgrade, Palazzo Della Arte, Napoli; Accademia d'Ungheria a Roma; BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK; John Moores Prize, Liverpool, UK. Lancaster's work is represented in numerous international collections including The British Council Collection; New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; Nerman Museum, Kansas, USA; The Government Art Collection, UK and numerous private collections worldwide. Lancaster's work has recently been published in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting by Phaidon Press, and Picturing People by Charlotte Mullins for Thames and Hudson.
Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster, Glimpser, 2017, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster
Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 January 2017
"I'm in my element when I'm a little bit out of this world: then I'm in the real world - I'm on the beam. Because when I'm falling, I'm doing alright. When I'm slipping, I say, 'Hey, this is interesting.' It's when I'm standing upright that bothers me... As a matter of fact, I'm really slipping most of the time. I'm like a slipping glimpser."
Willem de Kooning - 1960
Both artists take up residence in the gallery for five days, the first time they have collaborated fully. They seek to generate a series of temporary interventions which explore the crossover between their respective artistic practices, with a focus on their mutual interest in the slippage of meaning when found imagery is manipulated. Laura’s investigations are based upon the projection of gathered source imagery, while Rachel employs her own archive of source material based on the moving image. Using a projector as a tool for drawing, they manipulate the reading of projected images through drawing and distortions with reference to analogue special effects techniques.
BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practicing artists located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. This publicly accessible, cultural hub for contemporary art practice and research opened in April 2012 as a unique collaborative venture between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. The former Ward's printing warehouse and distinctive Grade II listed building at 39 High Bridge Street is home to BALTIC's project space - a stunning top-floor gallery, 33 artists' studios and the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.
31 - 39 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
BALTIC'S PROJECT SPACE OPENING HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday 12.00-18.00
Exhibition continues: 28th January – 23rd March 2017
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm or by appointment
The Old Post Office
19-21 West Street
Gateshead NE8 1AD
Workplace is delighted to present 110% a solo exhibition of new work by Mick Peter comprising of sculpture, wall drawing, and trompe l'oeil drawings.
Peter’s work transforms imagery usually associated with illustration and design into knotty and playful installations, objects and drawings. Using tricks of scale and dimensionality he brings apposite ideas and images together to generate something that is structurally self-regarding whilst also recognisably figurative and amusingly satirical. For Workplace Gateshead, Peter has made a new body of work that refers to the slipperiness of symbols and the curious world of infographics.
Central to the exhibition are five new sculptures in which amused, confused or dismayed versions of his figures try to deconstruct and remake a percentage symbol, the different quantities of red and yellow used to ‘fill’ each figure during the casting process in each work hints at another visual reference to value. Alongside the sculptures are a group of new trompe l’oeil drawings of a wall apparently layered with frayed fly postersthat contain the same characters. Framing the entire exhibition is a wall drawing throughout the gallery space that references gloomy financial forecasts through dysfunctional graphs and text. In form and content, the objects and images in 110% are figurative-abstraction that Peter has developed by drawing after drawing after drawing.
Mick Peter lives in Glasgow, UK. He has recently had solo shows at Tramway, Glasgow, and Drawing Room, London. Recent group shows include ‘Puddle, Pothole, Portal’, at Sculpture Centre, New York, USA, 'Natural Selection' at Galerie 5, Angers, France and 'Corps narratifs' at the Domaine départemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France. He is represented by Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris.
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Mick Peter110% Torn Drawings Drawing 01, 2016, Ink, pencil, spray paint and gouache on paper, 48 x 38 cm, Photography Patrick Jameson. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris.
Extended due to popular demand until 3rd February 2017
Extended - until 3 February 2017
Open Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 6pm
WORKPLACE is delighted to announce the extension, by popular demand, of Potholes, an exhibition of drawings by British sculptor Eric Bainbridge consisting of a selection of works on paper from 1981 to the present day.
Initially recognized in the 1980s for his object-based works covered in synthetic fur, Eric Bainbridge (b.1955) has since evolved an extensive and varied sculptural practice. Constructed from inexpensive materials, and commonplace items, his often ‘playful’ pieces continuously re-contextualize Modernist principles and ‘the found object’. Carefully staged, Bainbridge's assemblages investigate the domestic and the everyday whilst reflexively engaging with traditional sculptural concerns.
The exhibition at the Mayfair gallery, curated by George Vasey, presents preliminary sketches for potential sculptures, revealing Bainbridge's studio processes. The drawings, on gridded and lined paper as well as office stationary, illuminate many aspects of his sculptural work. Seen collectively, the drawings provide an insight into an artist tentatively working through his ideas.
Eric Bainbridge, Untitled, 1988, Pen on lined paper, 21 x 29.7 cm (EB0677)
Evidenced throughout Bainbridge’s drawings are attempts to both engage and unsettle the sometimes macho and puritanical aspects of Modernist sculpture. By embracing the irregular, the absurd, and the cute as aesthetic strategies, the artist reinvigorates historical sculptural tropes with a wry humour. In characters such as ‘Jimmy the Nail’, a motif that Bainbridge has worked with since 1984, the artist conflates the formal tautology of his materials (the profile of a large nail) with a vernacular reference (the title invokes the famous Geordie singer and actor Jimmy Nail). The character pops up recursively in Bainbridge’s drawings, and has become an emblem throughout his practice. ‘Jimmy the Nail’, like much of Bainbridge’s work, moves between abstraction and anecdote, experimenting with the formal qualities of sculpture while simultaneously creating a biographical tone.
Eric Bainbridge, Idiot against a dark landscape, 1981, Acrylic and oxide on paper, 152 x 152 cm (EB0257)
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Notes for editors:
Potholes was first exhibited at The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) 30 January - 2 April 2016
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. Bainbridge has exhibited internationally since the early 80s, and his work has been included in many significant exhibitions across Europe, America and Asia. 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, Minneapolis; 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.
George Vasey is the curator at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and writer. Recent independently curated projects include ‘Blend the Acclaim of Your Chant with the Timbrels’ Jerwood Space, London, ‘Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do’ KARST, Plymouth (co-curated with Ned McConnell) and ‘Jo Spence & Alexis Hunter’, Richard Saltoun, London. He is currently curating the exhibition ‘These Rotten Words’, due to open at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in early 2017. His writing has been published in Art Monthly, Kaleidoscope, Frieze, Art Review, Burlington and Apollo.
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.