Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Jo Coupe: Electroasis

Jo Coupe

at STATION (The Former Fireboat Station)
Phoenix Wharf, Redcliffe Quay,
Bristol BS1 6JT (opposit Severnshed Restaurant)
Opening Saturday 27th May 2006 4-8pm
Admission Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 until 18th June
and by appointment 07833736950

Electroasis is an interdependent network of household appliances. 
Hairdryers, fans and kettles come to life, creating fluctuations in 
temperature and humidity in STATION's two small rooms. These rises and falls 
are logged by a thermohygrograph, a device used in museums to record 
atmospheric conditions. Over three weeks, this environment will develop in 
to a dynamic electrical ecosystem, responding to and regulating its own 
Jo Coupe studied at Newcastle University and Goldsmiths College and lives 
and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her work tackles the complex relationship 
between life, death, growth and decay and invades the spheres of the 
Victorian enthusiast, amateur scientist and jeweller. She works in materials 
as diverse as chalk, vinegar, fruit and bronze. Her projects have included 
commissions for Locus + and the Inland Revenue, a residency in Grizedale 
Forest and, most recently, a group show at BALTIC centre for contemporary 
art. This year she will be taking part in shows at the Museum of Garden 
History, London; Firstsite, Colchester and Workplace, Gateshead.
STATION is a unique and temporary Research and Development Context for Art.
F.f.i contact Louise Short 07833736950

Monday, May 22, 2006

Paul Moss in DE SIGN

DE SIGN : 18 MAY - 8 JUNE 2006
An exhibition presenting the works of seven contemporary artists who explore the complex infrastructure of our built environment, DE SIGN will deconstruct the way architectural language shapes our perception and interaction with space.

DE SIGN brings together: Antti Laitinen, Langlands and Bell, Paul Moss, Paul Sch├╝tze and Alex Villar, an international selection of artists whose work investigates the intrinsic relationship between people, architecture and the urban environment. In addition, using the University campus and its distinctive modernist architecture as a stimulus, Rupert Clamp will create new site-specific work for the exhibition.

DE SIGN will transform the gallery into a space which reveals the presence of an entire language encoded within our built environment. It will challenge its users to learn this language while simultaneously proclaiming that they already speak it. It will begin an investigation into the pervasiveness of this linguistic system examining the social, political and personal elements that interact with our architectural environment to create the spaces that surround us.

The exhibition will be complimented by a dynamic events programme for various audiences including school children, university students and adults in the Colchester community.

Curated by: Wen-Chin Chi, Ashlee Gross, Leigh Hazzard and Alex Hugo as part of the MA in Gallery Studies at the University of Essex.

Daisychain: Richard Forster, Franz West, Rachel Harrison, Rudolf Polanszky.

12 May – 17 July 2006
Opening Thursday 11 May 6.30-9pm

‘Daisychain’ is Richard Forster (b.1970, lives Saltburn by Sea, Teeside) and his meticulous, athletic drawings of office interiors, the sea off the Cleveland coast and the Folies Bergeres. Rachel Harrison (b.1966, lives New York) whose objects create an obtuse dialog between pop and minimalism makes a new work with 1980s picture mirrors of beautiful boys . Franz West (b.1947, lives Vienna) selects two messy and animalistic collages. Rudolf Polanszky (b. 1948, lives Vienna) leaps about his studio in a chair made by his friend Franz West for his ‘compression-spring paintings’ and showing in the UK for the first time.

Daisychain was begun by Bruce Haines

Supported by The Austrian Cultural Forum.
With thanks to Gagosian Gallery, London and Duval.

Daisychain begins at MOT Gallery, Unit 54, Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Rd, London E8 4QN tel. +44 (0) 207 923 9561

opening hours: Fri, Sat, Sun 12-5 or by appointment
Bethnal Green Underground, Buses 394, 106, 253, 26, 48, 55, D6, D3, 8

Richard Forster at Cell Project Space: Jerwood Artists Platform

Richard Forster
Jerwood Artists Platform
Private View Friday 19th May 2006
20 May – 25 June 2006
Exhibition Open: Friday-Sunday 12noon – 6pm.
Full wheelchair access

Richard Forster’s exhibition, as part of Jerwood Artists Platform’s unique collaboration with Cell Project Space, presents a significant body of new and recent work.

On entering the gallery visitors are confronted by ‘Stack’ (2005), a narrow vertical, piled form of brightly painted resin that totters to almost human height. Presented wall-mounted are selected works from his ‘Love’ series. Mimicking A4 sheets of white paper that have been screwed up into a ball, then re-found and re-flattened, these resin casts reveal discrete triangular forms almost embossed into the crumpled surfaces. The triangles vary their position from one work to another, layering the potential narratives.

The synthetic, candy pinks of ‘Stack’ are carried through to the other spaces. In the main gallery a vast arrangement of patterned and polished stainless steel discs float a few inches off the floor. Sat on top of the discs are abstracted sculptures, reminiscent of stacked chairs, but more obliquely read as temporary homes for an intense string of scribbled lines fabricated in neon tubing.

For the end gallery Forster will create a new arrangement that combines wall and floor based work. The chair motif and neon undergo further mechanisms of abstraction, resulting in a simpler exploration of form and light that still acknowledges the role of the given gallery architecture – a common theme running throughout the artist’s work.

To accompany the exhibition there will be an illustrated catalogue available with text written by Sally O'Reilly.

Richard Forster’s drawings can be seen in ‘Daisychain’, selected by Bruce Haines, 12 May – 16 July at MOT Gallery, Unit 54, Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8.