Friday, February 25, 2011

Workplace Gallery at Moving Image Art Fair, New York

Workplace Gallery at Moving Image Art Fair 2011, NY present:

Sophie Lisa Beresford & Cecilia Stenbom

Moving Image
March 3-6, 2011
Waterfront New York Tunnel
261 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets)
New York, NY 10001

Thursday - Saturday, March 3-5, 2011: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday, March 6, 2011: 11 am - 3 pm

Moving Image, a new art fair of contemporary video, will take place March 3-6, 2011, during the Armory Show in New York and within walking distance of Independent. Located in the Waterfront Tunnel event space between 27th and 28th Streets with an entrance at 261 11th Avenue in Chelsea,  Moving Image will be free to the public.

works on display at Moving Image (images above):

Sophie Lisa Beresford
The First and Second Creation, 2009
Single channel video
19min 14 sec

Cecilia Stenbom
Alive - An Essential Guide to Survival, 2010
Single Channel Video
Duration 14:22 minutes

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Workplace Gallery at The Armory Show 2011, New York

Workplace Gallery at The Armory Show 2011 presents:

Eric Bainbridge

Catherine Bertola
Marcus Coates
Jo Coupe
Laura Lancaster
Mike Pratt
Matt Stokes
Wolfgang Weileder

MARCH 3-6, 2011


For a full list of available works please contact

Matt Stokes
Prelude to Cantata Profana: Paroxysm's rehearsal room, Kassel, 2010
Lightjet print, Diasec Mounted
171.4 x 120 cm
67 1/2 x 47 1/4 in

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Richard Rigg: "Broken Fall (organic)" Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna, Italy


Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna
Via Iacopo Barozzi, 3
40126 Bologna
fon 39 051 4211132

Broken Fall (Organic)

The fear of falling is as old as mankind. Falling is the symmetrical opposite of flying and and has been pictured according to different conceptions of weight—of the body which falls to the ground. Falling is also linked to walking badly, staggering, jumping, getting lost, and also to failing.In modern and contemporary art, falling has become an intentional action. An action that involves the artist’s body and often the fate of the image of the work of art.

Acrobats, tumblers, clowns, Charlie Chaplin’s or Buster Keaton’s gags, people clinging onto cornices or windowsills in Alfred Hitchcock’s films, Philip Petit the tightrope walker suspended between the Twin Towers in New York, through to the trajectories tried out by Bruce Nauman or Bas Jan Ader: these are all examples of figures of artistic experience linked to the action of falling. At the same time, falling also has to do with the practice of painting and the processes that were introduced in the twentieth century. Starting with Jackson Pollock’s drippings, it moved through to works made by splashing colour on surfaces placed on the ground rather than being fixed to a wall.

Artists: William Anastasi, Paolo Chiasera, Simon Faithfull, Mathilde ter Heijne, Hannu Karjalainen, Christoph Keller, Cristiano Mangione, Andrea Melloni, Paolo Parisi, Luca Pozzi, Richard Rigg, Jens Risch, Arcangelo Sassolino, Roman Signer, Annika Ström, Bill Urmenyi, Luca Vitone, Robin Watkins/Torben Tilly Giovanni Iovane and Alessandra Pace’s Broken Fall (Organic) reflects on this condition of falling in works of art. A fall that, ever since the early twentieth century, has proved to be a distressing and yet brilliant strategy for failure. The exhibition will take place at Astuni Public Projects in Bologna, Italy (19 February-29 May 2011), and follows Broken Fall (Geometric)—also at Astuni Public Projects in Bologna (April-September 2010)—and the book Broken Fall Rise and Fall of Pictures, recently published by Silvana Editoriale, Milan (160 pages, Italian & English).


Richard Rigg
Cloth Arranged to Look Like a Jacket (Self Portrait), 2010
10 x 60 x 44 cm
4 x 23 5/8 x 17 3/8 in

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Friday, February 11, 2011

Matt Stokes: "Sacred Selections" Performance, Martinskirche, Kassel, Germany

Matt Stokes
Sacred Selections
Happy Hardcore organ recital

Friday, 11 February 2011
9 p.m. at St. Martin's Church in Kassel

Within the framework of his major solo exhibition No Place Else Better Than Here at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel Matt Stokes will initiate a concert linking two different musical genres. On a classical church organ, London-based organist Paul Ayres will perform a series of Happy Hardcore pieces. Happy Hardcore is a genre of music typified by a very fast tempo (usually around 160-180 BPM), often coupled with solo vocals and sentimental lyrics. Its characteristically 4/4 beat "happy" sound distinguishes it from most other forms of Hardcore dance music and is stark contrast to classical organ music.

No Place Else Better Than Here runs until 20th February 2011

Matt Stokes
Sacred Selections, 2005 (ongoing)
Artifacts from a series of live pipe organ recitals: oak bench, velvet lined oak box,
3 stitched fabric flags with flagpoles in velvet pouches, flagpole holders, posters,
handbills and audio CD (posters and handbills will be added to following future events.
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Friday, February 04, 2011

Matt Stokes: 'Echoes' Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France

Image:  Sacred Selections (Banner), 2005 stitched fabric banner, 90 x 210 cms, 35.46 x 82.74 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

The first programme of 2011 is devoted to music and in particular the relationship between visual arts and music. This multidisciplinary project, bringing together artists from Switzerland, France and other countries, will extend throughout the Centre Culturel Suisse from 28th January to 10th April 2011, with two exhibitions and a series of special evenings.

Visual artists have taken an interest in music in a variety of ways, and regularly on a reciprocal basis. From the correspondence between Arnold Schönberg and Wassily Kandinsky to Dan Graham's film Rock My Religion (1984) and from Piet Mondrian's interest in jazz and boogie-woogie to the elective affinities between Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Richard Serra, Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman or Michael Snow, and including the many album covers designed by artists or dominant figures active in both disciplines such as Laurie Anderson or Christian Marclay, the field of convergence between the two art forms is rich and fertile.

Parallel to the two exhibitions, the CCS has also wanted to involve exhibiting artists like Saâdane Afif or Hugues Reip in the conception of different special evenings, thus sparking off new and original artistic collaborations. This is also the opportunity to highlight a network of artists with a passion for music working in and around Lausanne, in particular Francis Baudevin, the art centre Circuit, the musician Christian Pahud and the photographer Catherine Ceresole.



28th January - 10th April 2011
Opening Friday 28th January / 5:00 - 9:00 pm / throughout the evening: screening of Long After Tonight by Matt Stokes (2006, 6'40) in the auditorium
Exhibition visits with the curators: Wednesday 2nd February, Thursday 3rd March and Tuesday 5th April at 7:00 pm

With: Abetz & Drescher (DE) / Saâdane Afif (FR) / John Armleder (CH) / Dominique Blais (FR) / Francis Baudevin (CH) / Thomas Bayrle (DE) / Alighiero Boetti (IT) / Valentin Carron (CH) / Philippe Decrauzat (CH) / Jeremy Deller (GB) / Dewar & Gicquel (FR) / Andreas Dobler (CH) / Isa Genzken (DE) / Philippe Gronon (FR) / Vincent Kohler (CH) / Rainier Lericolais (FR) / Constantin Luser (AU) / Jorge Macchi (AR) / Arnaud Maguet (FR) / Christian Marclay (CH/US) / Dawn Mellor (GB) / Dave Muller (US) / Christian Pahud (CH) / Sandrine Pelletier (CH) / Frédéric Post (CH) / Anne-Julie Raccoursier (CH) / Hugues Reip (FR) / Robin Rhode (ZA) / Dario Robleto (US) / Allen Ruppersberg (US) / Michael Sailstorfer (D) / Jim Shaw (US) / Hannes Schmid (CH) / Matt Stokes (GB) / Su-Mei Tse (LU) / Pierre Vadi (CH) / Jean-Luc Verna (FR)

The main exhibition brings together soundless works referring to the music of 37 contemporary artists. What is the music "treated" by visual artists, when sound is absent from the work? Multiple angles of approach are up for discussion. Some of the artists like Alighiero Boetti, Valentin Carron and Constantin Luser have chosen to represent or revisit the "musical instrument" as an object, others, including Saâdane Afif, Philippe Gronon, Dominique Blais and Isa Genzken, have considered the sound equipment used for amplified music - amp, speakers, radio etc. - like an image, sculpture or micro architecture.

Contemporary icons like Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Ian Curtis or Morrissey are the source of inspiration for artists like Dawn Mellor or the duo Abetz & Drescher, while Anne-Julie Raccoursier and Hannes Schmid have concentrated on the imagery conveyed by music such as the body language and the look of musicians and their fans. Finally, identification marks, symbols, logos and specific typefaces can be seen in different formats from Matt Stokes, Jeremy Deller and Philippe Decrauzat.