Thursday, January 22, 2009

Matt Stokes: "these are the days" Arthouse, Austin, Texas, UK

Matt Stokes

these are the days

January 24 – April 5, 2009

700 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
(NW corner of 7th Street and Congress Ave.)

these are the days is an exhibition and commission of new work by British artist Matt Stokes inspired by punk rock subcultures—past and present—in Austin, Texas. Stokes is the recipient of the esteemed 2006 Beck’s Futures Prize and these are the days is his first institutional exhibition and first original commission in the United States. The exhibition, which involves a 16mm film production and installation, an original audio recording, and the collection of ephemera related to the punk, post-punk, and DIY movements which has been assembled over a series of trips Stokes made to Austin. The two-channel film installation features footage taken at an Arthouse organized punk show held at the Broken Neck in Austin and a band session recorded at Sweatbox Studios in Austin. The newly created films will be concurrently presented at Project Space 176, a major new contemporary art space located in the Camden section of London – an area strongly connected to growth of the UK punk scene.

photo: Autumn Spadaro
From punk performance at Broken Neck, Austin

Paul Moss: "SUPERABUNDANT" Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

Superabundant: A Celebration of Pattern

Jacob Dahlgren, Wim Delvoye, Jim Drain, Lesley Halliwell, Paul Moss, Henna Nadeem, Jacqueline Poncelet, Daniel Sturgis, Richard Woods

Turner Contemporary Project Space
Droit House
Saturday 24 January - Sunday 22 March 2009

Superabundant is an exhibition that creates a sense of celebration, of joy and delight through the power of pattern. The exhibition features work by nine artists who make use of pattern and decoration in very different ways, some adopting a systems approach to pattern whilst others are more fluid and organic. For this exhibition, many of the artists have created new and sometimes site specific work especially for the Turner Contemporary Project Space.

The use of decorative designs and patterns has always been central to the fine and applied arts from Roman mosaics and the intricate motifs of Islamic art to the innovative wallpaper and textiles of AWN Pugin and William Morris. In the twentieth century, excessive ornamentation was dismissed as decadent by the Modernist architects and designers of the Bauhaus: decoration for its own sake was replaced by abstraction and truth to materials.

In this exhibition, the tension between decoration and abstraction is explored in Lesley Halliwell's intricate, large-scale Spirograph drawings and Daniel Sturgis' series of paintings with their vocabulary of colour, repetition and pattern.

A number of works play directly with the external and internal surfaces of the Turner Contemporary Project Space, a former department store on Margate High Street: Richard Woods has created a new decorative facade for the building while Jacqui Poncelet installs a forest of pillars covered with a dizzying 'push-me-pull-you' motif. Architectural simulation of a different kind features in Wim Delvoye's photograph of a marble floor created entirely out of salami.

Jacob Dahlgren is fascinated by the surface of things and our everyday encounters with pattern and abstraction, from striped t-shirts photographed on the street to the curves that a stack of coloured plastic cups makes. Heaven is a place on earth is an installation made up of red, white and blue bathroom scales arranged on the floor like an interactive, modernist grid.

Pattern is often associated with feelings of pleasure. Paul Moss' Danger Paintings however, with their disorientating zig-zags of red and white hazard tape, signal an unspecified warning and function as both paintings and architectural screens. These paintings, like many of the works in the exhibition, are complex and labour intensive. Jim Drain's over the top, colourful sculptures made of wool, cloth and other found materials, combine a handmade aesthetic and an interest in non-Western traditions of art making with references to 60's Op art and psychedelia.

Join us this Saturday from 12 noon to mark the opening of the exhibition Superabundant: A Celebration of Pattern at Turner Contemporary Project Space in Margate. Louise Taylor, freelance curator and writer and former director at the Crafts Council will open the exhibition in the Project Space at 12.30pm.

Paul Moss
Danger Paintings 1-6
2003 - 2006
Non-Adhesive Barrier Tape on Timber Frame
Installation View, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK
190 x 246 cm (each)
photo: Colin Davison
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Marcus Coates: "LIVING TOGETHER" montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Curated by Xabier Arakistain and Emma Dexter
From 23-January to 03-May-2009

C/ Fray Zacarías 2
01001 · Vitoria-Gasteiz
Tel: 945 16 18 30

Daniel Baker, Claire Fontaine, Marcus Coates, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Nicole Eisenman, Dora García, Delaine Lebas, Josephine Meckseper, Mai-Thu Perret, Société Réaliste, Paula Trope, Eulàlia Valdosera, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Artur Zmijewski.

Through current artistic practices, the exhibition deals with a series of social, political and economic tensions that are characterising the beginning of this century. Invoking the conflicts that bring the broad gamut of social, political and economic groups and subjects into confrontation with one another, the show sets out to question how narratives, among them the narrative of social values, that are informing and regulating the idea of living together in our societies are constructed and negotiated. To this end, the exhibition brings 14 artists together from a variety of contexts, who propose, from different perspectives, multiple and open explorations of these questions, whilst offering a series of contemporary strategies for cohabitation.

Marcus Coates
Dawn Chorus (detail)
(Installation View MANIFESTA7 2008, Trento, Italy)
Duration: 18 Minutes (looped)
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Marcus Coates: "The Animal Gaze" Centre for Contemporary Art and The Natural World, Exeter, UK

The Animal Gaze

Artists: Suky Best, Roz Cran, Matilda Downs, Tessa Farmer, Hayden Fowler, Aurelia Mihai, Nicola Oxley, Andrea Roe,
Claire Rousell, Clara S Rueprich, Helen Sears and Miranda Whall.

24 January – 22 March 2009

The Animal Gaze is a contemporary art exhibition that explores the complex relationships between animals and humans. It features the work of over 40 international artists at four exhibition venues in Plymouth; and at CCANW near Exeter.

This exhibition is also part of Darwin200, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin and marking 150 years since On the Origin of Species was published. Darwin’s concept of the evolution of species through natural selection revolutionised our understanding of nature and our place within it. The city of Plymouth itself has particular relevance since Darwin’s most influential voyage of discovery, onboard the HMS Beagle, set sail from Devonport, Plymouth, on 27 December 1831.

The exhibition’s curator Rosemarie McGoldrick explains: “The Animal Gaze is an exhibition showing how animals currently appear in Western contemporary art. The work has been selected, from a range of national and international artists, for its new approach to animals, taking into account ethics, politics and aesthetics.”

Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium and CCANW have brought this exhibition to the South West and it includes an associated commission by Groundwork UK South West. The Animal Gaze is a London Metropolitan University event organised and curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick.

Other elements of The Animal Gaze exhibition are on show on selected dates between January and May 2009 at Plymouth College of Art; Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World at Haldon Forest Park, Exeter; and Peninsula Arts Gallery at the Roland Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth.

Marcus Coates
Goshawk (Self Portrait)
Archival Inkjet Print
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ginny Reed "In conversation with Ginny Reed and Sally Madge " BALTIC, Gateshead, UK

Thursday 12 February 2009
17.00-17.45 / FREE

Level 2
BALTIC, Gateshead, UK

Following Sally Madge’s Fluxus-inspired performance there will be an opportunity at BALTIC to discuss these Fluxus performances with Ginny Reed and Sally Madge.
To reserve your free place please call 0191 478 1810 or email

Ginny Reed "THE DREAM OF FLUXUS" BALTIC, Gateshead, UK


Thursday 22 January 2009
Performances will take place at regular intervals during gallery hours 10.00-18.00.

To celebrate this historical exhibition BALTIC has commissioned Newcastle-based artists Ginny Reed, Sally Madge and Joel Fisher to perform new works inspired by The Dream of Fluxus. These performances are free to the public and will take place in the galleries during opening hours.

for more info visit:

Ginny Reed
performance for Make Your Own Damn Art World, MIMA, 2007

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Joe Clark: "the voice and nothing more" Slade Research Centre, London, UK

the voice and nothing more

Curated by Sam Belinfante and Neil Luck

the voice and nothing more is a week-long festival exploring the voice as both medium and subject matter in contemporary arts practices. Both established and emerging artists will work with leading vocal performers and composers in an exploration of the voice outside language.

vanm is symptomatic of a growing interest in the voice across arts practices and will give leading practitioners the opportunity to work with some of the most important singers and vocal ensembles in the UK today. Importantly, vanm is the product of a desire to encourage conversations between the contemporary arts communities, conversations that will elucidate art’s complicated relationship with the voice as well as generate new processes and strategies for engaging with it. Instead of merely placing musicians and artists in one space, vanm facilitates an ongoing discourse in and around the voice with the production of new ambitious, collaborative, artworks as well as the formation of new working practices. Artists and performers come together to generate exciting new collaborative works. Invited performers include Mikhail Karikis, Lore Lixembourg and Juice, as well as a specially formed large-scale vocal ensemble.

Performers, working with the artists and resident composer Claudia Molitor, will create new score-objects culminating in a series of new performances. Artists Martin Creed, Simon Faithfull, Dryden Goodwin, Bruce Mclean and Cornelia Parker along with emerging artists Athanasios Argianas, Amy Cunningham, Nick Laessing, Phoebe Unwin and Sarah Kate Wilson are just
some of the 50+ artists taking part.

Athanasios Argianas, Umi Baden-Powell, Sam Belinfante, Melis van den Berg, Fiona Bevan, Sarah Bowker-Jones, Martin John Callanan, Alejandro Cano Casso, Stella Capes, Patricia Chi, Elisabeth S. Clark, Joe Clark, Kitty Clark, Adam de la Cour, Martin Creed, Amy Cunningham, Edward Dorrian, Claire Dorsett, Nisha Duggal, Faith Edwards, Simon Faithfull, Kathryn Faulkner, Penny Florence, Maria Georgoula, Dryden Goodwin, Nick Hornby, Juice, Mikhail Karikis, Hyo Myoung Kim, Nick Laessing, Caroline de Lannoy, Matthew Le Knowles, Sasha Litvintseva, Lore Lixembourg, Leah Lovett, JT Lowen, Neil Luck, Allison Maletz, Janne Malmros, Revati Mann, Bruce Mclean, Claudia Molitor, Sally Morfill, Margarita Myrogianni, Catalina Niculescu, Kjartan Nilsen, Stephanie O’Connor, Benjamin Oliver, Junko Otake, Cornelia Parker, Jayne Parker, Louisa Parker, Bradley Phillip, Tessa Power, Dante Rendle Taylor, Mike Ryder, William Saunders, Kristin Sherman, Simson & Volley, Diana Taylor, Estelle Thompson,
Phoebe Unwin, Caroline Vasquez, Sarah Kate Wilson and Jayne Wilton.

Monday 12 - Friday 16 January 2009

Wednesday 14 January ~ the voice, a lecture by Dr Simon Morris, 12pm
Thursday 15 January ~ show opens at 6pm, performances start at 7pm.
Friday 16 January ~ show opens at 6pm, performances start at 7pm.

Slade Research Centre
University College London
10 - 11 Woburn Square

Joe Clark
Morocco Film Still #11, 2008

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Paul Merrick: "Solo Exhibition" Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, UK

Image: Paul Merrick
Untitled (Flamingo), 2008
Gloss Paint on Scrap Aluminium
180 x 170 cms
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Newcastle based artist Paul Merrick shows a selection of sculptures and paintings in Gallery One. Thick oil colour, skimmed and twisted, on aluminium surfaces produces works rich with beauty and form. Paul Merrick is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Saturday 10 January to Saturday 7 February
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre,
Beaumont Street, Hexham,
Northumberland, NE46 3LS