Sunday, November 29, 2009

Workplace Gallery at NADA Art Fair 2009, Miami: Jo Coupe solo presentation

Workplace Gallery

NADA Art Fair 2009

Booth 715

December 3-6, 2009

The Deauville Beach Resort

6701 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33141

Jo Coupe - Supernature

Workplace Gallery is pleased to present a solo presentation of work by British artist Jo Coupe.

Supernature is a major new installation that recreates electromagnetic and paranormal effects observed by Jo Coupe through the combination of jewelry, gold and silver-plated steel chain, furniture, and electromagnetic fields.

Exploiting the aesthetics and methodologies of Science, the recent work of Jo Coupe adapts simple experiments and subverts half-understood scientific ideas, plundering iconic imagery for its metaphorical significance. In her work, the school science experiment, alchemy, and a fascination with decay unite to reveal the world as a mysteriously rational place.

Continuing her investigations into the objects and symbols of ritual, magic and the everyday. Coupe's fascination with paranormal occurrences has led to extended periods of research into the powerful electromagnetic forces of the smelting rooms at one of the world's largest producers of aluminum and bauxite. In this unique environment coins levitate upwards, keys stick rigidly to walls, cameras produce ghosted and partially blacked out images, and video cameras distort unpredictably; all commonly documented symptoms of haunting or psychic activity.

By investigating the symbolic power of the object through a holistic knowledge of the natural world and its scientific, ritualistic, and poetic usage; Coupe's work takes on a political significance via the employment of the anti-rational and magic - traditionally the domain of witchcraft. The setting of her practice within the macho environment of heavy industry, and her use of commonplace and domestic objects conflate two stereotypically gendered positions to move towards an analysis of objects, and the cultural and social forces at play that pervade the meanings we commonly ascribe to them.

Jo Coupe was born in 1975 and studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and at Goldsmiths College, London. She lives and works in Gateshead, UK. Recent exhibitions include Fade Away and Radiate at Workplace Gallery, An Archaeology at 176 in London, Tatton Park Biennial, Give and Take at Firstsite, Colchester, and You Shall Know Our Velocity at BALTIC, Gateshead. In 2008 she was awarded best artist at 101 Tokyo in 2008 presented by Joseph Kosuth.


Jo Coupe

Supernature, 2009 (detail)

Jewelry, Furniture, Hooks and Fixings, Gold and Silver Plated Steel Chain, Table, Electromagnetic Field


Photo: Wig Worland, Copyright The Artist

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Matt Stokes: "Northern Art Prize 2009" Leeds Art Gallery, UK

Northern Art Prize 2009

Pavel Bϋchler, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Rachel Goodyear, and Matt Stokes

27 November 2009 - 21 February 2010
at Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA
Open Mon-Tues Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Wed 12-5pm, Sun 1-5pm

The selectors for 2009 are Patricia Bickers (Editor, Art Monthly), Richard Deacon (Artist), Paul Hobson (Director, Contemporary Art Society), Peter Murray (Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Tanja Pirsig-Marshall (Curator of Exhibitions, Leeds Art Gallery).

The winning artist will be announced on 21 January 2010, scooping the £16,500 prize money whilst each of the runners up will receive £1500.

Matt Stokes
These Are the Days, 2009
Dual Channel video
16mm Film Transferred to Hard Drive
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK and Ziehersmith, New York

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mike Pratt: JAMBON, Cobalt Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tuesday 1st December 5.30pm -9pm

Mike Pratt, Laura, 2009, Oil on Canvas, 162 x 132 cm


Cobalt Studios

Saturday 28th November to Sunday 29th November, 10am-5pm

JAMBON is a recently formed arts group consisting of five Fine Art graduates from Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Mike Pratt's paintings and sculptures immediately engage us with frank and achingly simple phrases borrowed from contemporary life. Pratt's work knowingly references abstract expressionism, pop art, the paintings of Richard Prince and Christopher Wool

Andrew Maughan makes paintings that reflect ironically upon the art world and current consumer culture. Employing anti aesthetic strategies, Maughan uses a pallet of garish colours and pastel tones to create a dystopic response to daily life.
Graeme Durant's work stems from personal reflections upon certain materials and their transformations. Durant reorders a formalist sculptural vocabulary of form, volume and matter to play host to personal memory and experience.
Richard Moat makes drawings and constructions based on his fascination with Arctic exploration and the romanticism that surrounds it.
Andrew Sandercock makes performances that are informed by his addiction with climbing and fixed gear cycling. Sandercock employs quixotic strategies to fulfill these desires and simultaneously create work.

Catherine Bertola: 'Wonderwall' Temple Newsam House, 2nd Dec 2009 - 9th May 2010

Catherine Bertola, Everything and Nothing (detail) 2007, Collected dust, paper, glue and varnish
Catherine Bertola, Everything and Nothing, 2007, Collected dust, paper, glue and varnish. Commission for the V&A Museum, UK


300 Years of wallpaper

An anthology of historic papers from the Roger Warner collection

2nd December 2009 - 9th May 2010

Temple Newsam House
Temple Newsam Road
Leeds, LS15 0AE

Wonderwall showcases wallpapers from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Taken from the never before exhibited collection of the antiques dealer Roger Warner, it comprises of fine papers, leather hangings and designs from unknown makers and great names of British design. Accompanying the exhibition is a special commission from the artist Catherine Bertola.
Bertola's practice involves creating work that responds to existing sites, objects and materials; whether that is a particular building, a collection of photographs or a museum archive. She uses the given history and context as a starting point, from which to physically interrogate and enhance the poetics of that site, by embedding her own perishable traces and adding additional layers of meaning for the viewer.
A specially commissioned installation will be in Miss Scot's room throughout the duration of the exhibition

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Catherine Bertola: "Beyond Pattern" Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

Beyond Pattern
Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown, Powys, Wales

21 November 2009 - 27 January 2010

An exploration into the cultural meanings of pattern, through exhibition, commission, publication and debate.

Exhibition Preview
Saturday 21 November 2009 6-8pm

Includes new commissions by Steve Messam, Catherine Bertola and Angharad Pearce-Jones and work by Michael Brennand-Wood, Nisha Duggal, Leo Fitzmaurice, Doug Jones, Adam King, Pamela So, Henna Nadeem and Andrea Stokes.

Catherine Bertola
Bluestockings (Fanny Burney) (Detail)
Pen on paper (Archive framed and mounted)
85 x 135 cms, 33.49 x 53.19 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, U

Friday, November 20, 2009

Marcus Coates: "Marcus Coates" Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK

Marcus Coates

21ST NOVEMBER 2009 - 30TH JANUARY 2010

NEWLYN Art Gallery
New Road, Newlyn, TR18 5PZ

A playful echo of Darwin's 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals', Marcus Coates' new work continues the artists' fascination with the unexpected kinships that exsist across human, animal and material worlds. Following Darwin's own curiosity and insights into the interconnectedness of species, 'Follow The Voice' establishes striking parallels between a range of familiar man-made sounds in Darwin's birth place Shrewsbury (including a supermarket checkout, police siren and school playground) and an equally evocotive chorus of animal cries and bird calls.
This exhibition will include other works by Coates.

'Follow The Voice' is co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Shropshire Museums Services and funded by Arts Council England.

Artists Talk with Marcus Coates
Newlyn Art Gallery, FREE
Thursday 26th November at 7pm
Marcus will talk about his work and this exhibition

Marcus Coates
"Follow The Voice" 2009 (detail)
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Eric Bainbridge: 'Supercollage' 11 Dec 2009 - 13 Feb 2010, Galleria Salvatore & Caroline Ala, Milan

Eric Bainbridge


11 December 2009 - 13 February 2010

Preview 10 December 2009 6 - 9pm

Galleria Salvatore & Caroline Ala

Via Monte di Pieta, 1

20121 Milan, Italy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Matt Stokes: 'These Are The Days' ZieherSmith, New York, USA

Matt Stokes: These Are The Days

November 12 - 13 December 19, 2009

Reception for the artist: Thursday, November 12th, 6-8 pm

ZieherSmith 516 West 20 St New York, NY 10011

ZieherSmith presents the New York debut of these are the days (2009), a film installation by British artist Matt Stokes originally commissioned by Arthouse, Austin, Texas, and the launch of the accompanying catalogue designed by British collective, Abake. Inspired by punk rock subcultures, these are the days is the artist's first institutional commission in the United States.

In 2007, Arthouse invited Stokes to create a new film project with ZieherSmith acting as co-producer. these are the days is the result of Stokes' close work with communities connected to Austin's music scene and his extensive research into anti-establishment musical genres, particularly punk rock. Investigating the dichotomies expressed within earlier and later punk communities, his research ultimately led to the creation of the dual channel film installation, an archival installation exhibition exclusively at Arthouse, and the publication about both.

The first film features footage from a specially organized punk show, staged by Stokes, at the Broken Neck, an alternative venue in Austin and filmed by renowned cinematographers Lee Daniel and P.J. Raval. The second film, created in response at a recording session at Austin's Sweatbox Studios, depicts a makeshift band's musical reaction to the event footage. A reversal of roles between audience and performers, the work examines the concepts of inspiration and response. Punk as it was then and as it is now, different yet the same--these are the days.

Matt Stokes' artistic practice is marked by anthropological enquiry and an interest in happenings or informal movements that bind people together. Taking a variety of forms -- from organizing events and assembling archives to making films and creating sculptural installation -- Stokes' works are often collaborative in nature and sometimes take place outside the traditional gallery space. Music subcultures have been central to the development of his most recent projects, which have focused on their ability to shape lifestyle, beliefs and create community. Northern Soul, acid/house and black metal are among the genres of music he has explored, poetically revealing music's intrinsic ability to create fellowship through devotion or the quasi-religious experience of dance.

these are the days was first presented in 2009 at Arthouse and at 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, a major new contemporary art space located in London. The London show also featured The Gainsborough Packet (2009, co-commissioned by 176 and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art), which will screen in the back room of ZieherSmith. An editioned dubplate featuring music from both these are the days and The Gainsborough Packet is also available. The Abake-designed catalogue will be first released at the opening and includes documentation of both the film piece and of ephemera from the 1970s and 1980s related to the punk, post-punk, and DIY movements in Austin, material that was presented as an ambiguous archive at Arthouse.

Matt Stokes was born in 1973 in Penzance, England and currently lives in Gateshead, England. He is the 2006 recipient of the esteemed Beck's Futures Prize, awarded by the ICA, London and is currently on the shortlist for the 2009 Northern Art Prize. In 2009, he was also included in solo and group exhibitions at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, Newcastle, and the Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria, among other venues. Special thanks to Arthouse, the Arts Council England, Michael A. Chesser, Johnna and Stephen Jones, and Julie and John Thornton.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Marcus Coates: "Artist Talk and Performance" Roppongi Academy Hills, Tokyo

Marcus Coates: Artist Talk and Performance
Speakers: Marcus Coates and Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery / Chair of Daiwa Foundation Art Prize)

Monday 9 November, 7 - 8:30pm
Roppongi Academy Hills

Free Admission /

Places can be booked at

Organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Supported by Mori Art Museum, Academy Hills, British Council

Marcus Coates

The Plover's Wing

Single Channel High Definition Video
22:30 mins Dimensions Variable
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Monday, November 09, 2009

Marcus Coates: "Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Winner" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Marcus Coates:
Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Winner
November 7 - 21,2009
Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday 7 November, 6 - 8pm

Tomio Koyama Gallery and The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
are delighted to announce Marcus Coates' solo exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery
in Tokyo. This prestigious solo show has been awarded to him as winner of the Daiwa
Foundation Art Prize in June this year.

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK-based charity which supports closer links between Britain and Japan. Coates competed against nearly 900 applicants for this unique opportunity.

Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, was one of the eminent judges. He remarks: 'Coates has emerged as an artist with a distinct and extraordinary vision. He is making work now which is better than ever.'

Professor Marie Conte-Helm, Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, comments: 'This challenging exhibition reflects the spirit behind the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize - to open new doors for British artists in Japan.'

Coates'film, installation and performance art focuses on the relationship between humans and other species. His work has received international acclaim and he has recently shown work in Tate Modern, London. The exhibition will include one of his best known works, Dawn Chorus, in which the human voice accurately mimics birdsong, as well as his most recently commissioned piece, Intelligent Design, filmed in the Galapagos Islands in 2008, it depicts the failed attempt of two mating tortoises.

▼Notes to Editors

Marcus Coates (b.1968, London) graduated in 1990 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from Kent Institute of Art and Design, (UK). He also gained a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Art (London, UK) in 1993. Most recently, he has exhibited as part of Altermodern: Tate Triennial, at Tate Britain, London. Coates has exhibited his works in many countries around the world, holding solo shows around Europe and group exhibitions in Scandinavia, Israel and also in Japan. His Japanese shows took place in 2006 and included Grizedale Arts 'Seven Samurai' in Toge-mura for the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial and Tokyo Ikebukuro International Art Festival. This will be his first solo show in Japan.

The Judging Panel

Jonathan Watkins (Chair)
Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Mami Kataoka
Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum / International Associate Curator, The Hayward Gallery, London
Tomio Koyama
Owner of Tomio Koyama Gallery
Joanna Pitman
Art Critic for The Times and former Times correspondent in Japan
Edmund de Waal
Artist potter, curator, writer and Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster


Marcus Coates

Intelligent Design

High Definition Video Produced in association with Galapagos Conservation Trust and Gulbenkian Galapagos Artists' Residency Programme
8 minute loop
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK