Sunday, September 24, 2006

Eric Bainbridge & Miles Thurlow in "Legacies of Dissolution" at Colony, Birmingham

'Untitled (Sculpture)' Miles Thurlow, 2005, No More Nails Adheshive, Found Chipboard Plinth, Emulsion, Gloss Paint.

Legacies Of Dissolution

10 October - 12 November 2006
85 Spencer Street, Birmingham, B18 6DE, UK

Terry Atkinson
Eric Bainbridge
Emma Barlow
Casey & McAree
Kev Rice
Miles Thurlow
Neil Zakiewicz

The exhibition considers the (interesting) problem of what an individual work is trying to say in the context of a gathering of works, and the further problem of the disparity between the intentions of a thematic gathering and the voices of individual works.

Too often the idea of a group show is to suggest that there are shared interests - that this valiant curatorial effort is a reflection of artistic groundswell. But what if we are trying to enforce a different set of resources back onto individual works, to see how they stand up? And what if these individual works are too belligerently trying to side-step some sense of the markers of interpretation?

Taking the idea of materials and a renegotiation of post-Modernist legacies as the show's starting point, Colony brings together eight artists whose interests lie with questioning some sense of the possibilities and accepted boundaries of art practice.

Cath Campbell in Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006

"All I need is the air that you breathe Part VI" Cath Campbell, 2006, Graphite and Ink on Cutout Paper.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the country’s leading award in drawing, and is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition dedicated to drawing in the UK. Established in 1996 as the annual Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition and renamed The Jerwood Drawing Prize when the Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal sponsor in 2001, this year marks the tenth annual exhibition of the annual open drawing show. In celebration of this, a separate anniversary exhibition, Drawing Breath, will be held at the gallery at wimbledon college of art, 8th September -22nd October 2006.

In the region of 2,300 entries by artists resident or domiciled in the UK were submitted for consideration by the selection panel of The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006. A shortlist of 43 artists have been selected for the exhibition by Jason Brooks, Artist; Yvonne Crossley, Director of The Drawing Gallery, London; and Paul Thomas, Artist and Co-founder of The Jerwood Drawing Prize. The shortlist includes highly regarded, established artists as well as relative newcomers and students fresh from art school.

Selector, Dr Yvonne Crossley commented: “The Jerwood Drawing Prize has been one of the major instruments in raising the profile of drawing in the UK over the past decade and in its influential wake drawing is now an acknowledged and significant presence in all areas of visual art practice, theory and debate.”

The shortlisted artists will show their nominated drawings in an exhibition at the Jerwood Space, London SE1 from 20th September to 22nd October 2006. The awards will be announced by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England at 7pm on Tuesday 19th September 2006. The exhibition will then tour in the UK, to galleries in Cheltenham, Birmingham, Bury St Edmunds, Durham and Cardiff.

Roanne Dods, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, commented: 'It is a great privilege for the Jerwood Charitable Foundation to be able to support and be associated with this prize which celebrates and demonstrates the quality and imagination of artists working within the discipline of drawing in the UK'

The 43 Artists shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006 are:
Zoë Anderson
Axel Antas
Charles Avery
Sharon Beavan
Bermingham & Robinson
Cath Campbell
Robert Clarke
Jane Dixon
Matthew Draper
Roy Eastland
Susan Eaton
Maryclare Foá
Josephine Gallagher
Mark Harris
Vincent Hawkins
Yao-Chih Ho
James Hobbs
Charlotte Hodes
Diane Howse
Amy Ison
Neil Kelly
Roger Kelly
Annie Kevans
Chie Konishi
David Leapman
Ralph Macartney
James Martelli
Mick Maslen
James McLellan
Ian McNamara
Zoë Mendelson
Max Naylor
Simon Parish
John Patterson
Lisa Peachey
Kerry Phippen
Julia Polonski
Benjamin Senior
Michael Shaw
Helen Sykes
Toby Wiggins
David Willcock
James Wright

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wolfgang Weileder: 'Transfer' curated by Milton Keynes Gallery, UK

Wolfgang Weileder


Curated by Milton Keynes Gallery transfer will be constructed between 25th of September and 15th of October 2006 at Station Square, Central Milton Keynes.

During a three week period a group of builders from R.Bau aided by students from Milton Keynes College will simultaneously construct and deconstruct a full-scale replica of Milton Keynes Gallery. The process is synchronized so that the construction and de-construction is choreographed sequentially: Each sidewall is built once at a time, so that the structure slowly moves around until transfer is completed. Over the duration of the project, the complete shell of Milton Keynes Gallery, 9 m high and 18x18 m wide, will materialise although never in its entirety.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Matt Stokes in 'Street: Behind The Cliché' at Witte de With, Rotterdam

Street: Behind The Cliché
Witte de With, Rotterdam
September 9, 2006 - November 19, 2006

Witte de With is pleased to present the thematic group exhibition Street: behind the cliché. Open from 9 September until 19 November 2006, it features work in a range of media by 28 international artists.
Opening 8 Sept. 2006, 6 p.m., in conjunction with De Appel (Amsterdam).

What – and who – fills the socio-cultural space of our day-to-day surroundings? Nowadays it is rare to encounter critical reflections on aesthetic representation that do not involve the concept of ‘space’. Especially in the Netherlands, where the notion of ‘public space’ is a perennially popular topic of discussion, the time is ripe for a reconsideration of how public space operates. As part of Witte de With’s ongoing self-examination, we seek with this exhibition to explore the institution’s complex and problematic position in relation to ‘the street’.

Transcending purely local situations, Street: behind the cliché investigates the public spaces of supermodernity – as defined by Marc Augé – presenting artists whose works embody alternatives to the anonymity of the globalized world and render visible the underlying structures and mechanisms of public space. For example, Martin Boyce’s installations dissociate street furniture from its usual context, presenting distorted bins or gleaming fences as theatrical props; Laura Horelli carries out a subjective analysis of post-Soviet public space; Tobias Buche and Sascha Hahn intertwine personal history with media images and historical references to create poetic documentaries in differing forms; David Blandy carries out a very personal quest to establish his own identity within the media-hyped stereotypes of hip-hop culture; and Gareth Moore will spend a month in Rotterdam, creating a site specific work in the building from materials and ideas found in the city.

Rather than presenting ‘the street’ as the infrastructure through which people move from A to B, the exhibition considers this particular section of ‘public space’ rather as a local theater, a stage on which the complex stratification of cultural codes is acted out and identity is formed. Street is an analysis of the interrelated phenomena that we encounter in our immediate surroundings, such as the fraught relationship between pop culture and subcultural identity, how ‘underground’ is now big business.

Following the exhibition, a publication will provide a platform from which to further explore the ideas proposed by the show. The writers will have the chance to visit the exhibition and incorporate an analysis of the experience in their texts. The book will then be presented in February 2007 on the occasion of the conference The Periphery Complex at Witte de With.

Artists: Joachim Baan (NL), David Blandy (UK), Henning Bohl (DE), Martin Boyce (UK), Tobias Buche (DE), Jason Dodge (US), Marius Engh (NO), Gardar Eide Einarsson (NO), Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (UK), Isa Genzken (DE), Pieterjan Ginckels (BE), Sascha Hahn (DE), Laura Horelli (FIN), Pieter Hugo (ZA), Ian Kiaer (UK), Germaine Kruip (NL), Klara Liden (SE), Gareth Moore (CA), Alex Morrison (CA), Chloe Piene (US), Robin Rhode (ZA), Ugo Rondinone (CH), Matt Stokes (UK), Aram Tanis (NL), An Te Liu (CA), Luc Tuymans (BE), Silke Wagner (DE), and Tobias Zielony (DE).

Curators: Renske Janssen and Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Thursday 9 Nov
7:30 p.m. Artist’s talk
Matt Stokes (b. 1973), is a Newcastle-based artist and winner of the 2006 Becks Futures Prize. Interested in popular and particularly music culture, he is best known for his video Long After Tonight (2005) documenting the vibrant nostalgia of a 1960s Northern Soul venue. Stokes will be in conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen at Witte de With prior to his performance Sacred Selections.
Language: English
9:00 p.m. Sacred Selections, a pipe organ recital featuring experimental transcriptions of underground music in St. Laurens Church, by Matt Stokes. Grotekerkplein 15, Rotterdam (nearest metro station: Blaak).
Entry € 3.50
The ticket to the performance gives one free entry to Witte de With and an exhibition ticket from Street gives free entry to the performance.

Catherine Bertola in 'Fine & Fashionable'

Fine & Fashionable
Saturday 9th September until Sunday 29th April

Fine & Fashionable features one of the world's largest collections of lace. It was put together in the 19th century by the father and son, Anthony and Arthur Blackborne, master lace dealers. Trading from premises in South Audley Street, London, they sold to the fine and fashionable around the world.

This celebration of lace shows more than 200 pieces from The Blackborne Collection, many never before on public view. The Collection has been generously given to the Museum by descendants of the Blackborne Family.

Presented with work by Vivienne Westwood and by British artist Catherine Bertola, the lace is shown with Fine & Decorative Arts from The Bowes Musuem and from the V&A. A new generation of design is represented by Northumbria University Fashion Marketing Students, University of Sunderland Glass Department and Cleveland Collecge of Art and Design.

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Catherine Bertola in 'No Place Like Home'

"no place, like home"
9 Sept–1 October 2006
The title of the 2006 Beacon project is 'no place, like home' in which the interplay of the possibilities of home being a specific location or a state of mind are explored.

A series of commissioned temporary artworks by Jordan Baseman, Catherine Bertola, Lucy Gibson, Jane Porter, Adele Prince, Jennie Savage and Roy Voss will be at hidden heritage sites in and around Boston, Lincolnshire.

Over the course of the four weekends there will be a programme of performance art by Melissa Bliss, Gitte Bog, Lucy Clout and Lorrice Douglas.

Catherine Bertola
Bridge Farm, Bicker
Responding to the architecture and history of Bridge Farm, Bicker, Bertola will look beyond the immediate appearance of the debris and dust inside this abandoned house. Her interest is in the traces of past lives left behind and what is hidden beneath the surface, identifying and responding to these lost narratives. By subtly intervening in the space her installation in the front room of this house will create the possibility for the construction of other narratives.

Access to the art and sites is through the FREE return Beacon coach excursion which departs from Boston railway station on Saturdays and Sundays at 12.30 pm.