Monday, July 25, 2011

NADA Hudson: Laura Lancaster - New Sculpture, July 30-31, Hudson, NY, USA

Image: Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2011, Plaster and Enamel, 99 x 32 x 22 cm, 39 x 12 5/8 x 8 5/8 in (LL0446)
Workplace Gallery presents New Sculpture by Laura Lancaster at NADA Hudson 2011.

Laura Lancaster's work is extracted from an archive of anonymous photographs procured from thrift stores and flea markets. Mediated through painting, and most recently sculpture, her work transposes the forgotten and discarded snap-shots of strangers' lives into a ambiguous territory between abstraction and figuration. Divorcing her subjects from their specific context and time, Lancaster relocates them to a place of collective memory and experience that resonates with our own. Laura Lancaster's work oscillates between the nostalgic sentimentality of the celebratory moment, and the melancholic poignancy of the past.
In front of the photograph of my mother as a child, I tell myself: she is going to die: I shudder, like Winnicott's psychotic patient, over a catastrophe which has already occurred. Whether or not the subject is already dead, every photograph is this catastrophe. This punctum, more or less blurred beneath the abundance and the disparity of contemporary photographs, is vividly legible in historical photographs: there is always a defeat of Time in them: that is dead and that is going to die.
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Laura Lancaster was born in 1979 and lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Recent exhibitions include Workplace Gallery, Gateshead (2010), Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (2010), Hilary Crisp, London (2009). Green On Red Gallery, Dublin (2009), Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2008), Museum of Modern Art St Etienne (2008), Palazzo Della Arti Napoli (2006), Museum of Modern Art Oxford (2006) Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2005).

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NADA Hudson

July 30-31, 2011
11am - 7pm

110 South Front Street
Hudson NY, 12534

Admission is free and open to the public.

The New Art Dealers Alliance and Basilica Hudson are pleased to announce NADA Hudson, a large scale exhibition featuring 51 projects presented by NADA members and affiliates. NADA Hudson is not an art fair, but rather a site-specific project for the New Art Dealers Alliance, which will build upon the character of a historic venue in showcasing contemporary sculpture, installation and performance.
The Basilica Hudson, built in 1884 as a foundry and forge for the manufacture of steel railway wheels, is the last great 19th century building on the Hudson waterfront. NADA is grateful for the team at Basilica Hudson who offer a home for the artistic and cultural community at large.
NADA Hudson will occupy nearly 8,000 square feet of indoor space, a theatre space and well over 10,000 square feet of outdoor space. Hudson, New York is becoming a popular satellite city for cultural activity. Hudson is home to many dealers specializing in antiques and decorative arts, while also attracting international artists like Marina Abromovic and Jason Middlebrook. Hudson is very accessible to visitors from New York City. Trains run frequently to Hudson about every hour leaving from Pennsylvania Station and the ride is about 2 hours. As always NADA Hudson will be free and open to the public.

NADA Hudson includes projects presented by:

Audio Visual Arts (AVA), New York
Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York
Brennan & Griffin, New York
Bureau, New York
Callicoon Fine Arts, Callicoon
CANADA, New York
Christopher Crescent, London
Clifton Benevento, New York
DCKT, New York
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Ditto Device, New York
DODGEgallery, New York
Dunham Place Salon, New York
Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Evil Freaks II, New York
Feature Inc., New York
Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
James Fuentes LLC, New York
Golden Gallery, Chicago/New York
Graham, New York
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York
Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
(hi)story labor(atory), Hudson
The Hole, New York
Humble Arts Foundation, New York
Invisible-Exports, New York
La MaMa Gallery, New York
Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York
ltd los angeles, Los Angeles
moniquemeloche, Chicago
The Movement Party, Brooklyn
Museum 52, New York
Newman Popiashvili, New York
New York Fine Arts, Brooklyn
NON, Istanbul
Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park
Franklin Parrasch, New York
Pianissimo, Milan
Ramiken Crucible, New York
Rawson Projects, Brooklyn
Regina Rex, Brooklyn
Second Floor, New York
Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Taxter Spengemann, New York
Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
Untitled, New York
Kate Werble Gallery, New York
West Street, New York
Workplace Gallery, Gateshead


Friday, July 22, 2011

Matt Stokes: "Nuestro tiempo (Our Time)" Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain

Matt Stokes
Nuestro tiempo (Our Time)

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo(CAAC), Seville, Spain
Date: 21 July - 6 November 2011
Exhibition Session: Song as a Force of Social Transformation

Exploring notions of collectivity, lifestyles and beliefs that emerge out of musical encounters, is what characterizes the work of Matt Stokes (United Kingdom, 1973). Enquiry is a fundamental part of his methodology, whereby works are initiated through undertaking meticulous research that enables him to familiarize himself with the music scenes he explores. Stokes makes contact with groups that interest him and investigates their origins, histories and values. He seeks out the characteristics of each location - folk music in Camden and Newcastle, England, Northern soul in Dundee, Scotland, punk rock in Austin, Texas - and gets involved with each community in order to question, celebrate and transform aspects of these influential scenes into artworks. Collaboration and collective authorship are two of the central pillars of this working process, a collection of impressions, stories and materials which he draws on to create films, installations, musical works and events.

Nuestro tiempo (Our Time), Matt Stokes's first solo exhibition in Spain, offers a selection of his most emblematic works. Real Arcadia (2003) documents the acid house raves held in isolated rural settings (the so-called "cave raves") in the Lake District region of Great Britain in the late 1980s. Long After Tonight (2005) focuses on Northern soul, a music and dance genre which emerged during the 1960s in the north of United Kingdom. these are the days (2008-09) explores the efficacy and actuality of punk rock as a widespread phenomenon in Austin, Texas (United States). The Gainsborough Packet (2008-09) is a film set in the early 19th century, against the backdrop of the dramatic transformation of urban life brought about by industrialization, where the dialog is sung and presented in folk-pop style. Finally, Cantata Profana (2010), the multi-screen video installation that concludes the exhibition, features six extreme metal vocalists performing an immersive choral composition.

Matt Stokes
Cantata Profana, 2010
Six-channel HD video and audio transferred to synced hard-drives
Duration 06:48 minutes, looped
Photograph: Nils Klinger
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Friday, July 01, 2011

Sophie lisa Beresford: "Friendship of the Peoples" Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, UK

Friendship of the Peoples

Brian Griffiths | Bridget Smith | Brighid Lowe | Caline Aoun | Daniel Wallis | Daniel Sturgis | Eddie Peake | Emma Biggs & Matthew Collings | Fiona Banner | Gabriel Hartley | Jack Newling | Jaime Gili | James Howard | Jane Harris | Joel Croxson | Julian King | Katie Cuddon | Katrina Blannin | Kraig Wilson | Leo Fitzmaurice | Luci Pizzani | Luey Graves | Mandy Ure | Mark Pearson | Martina Schmuecker | Matthew Higgs | Michael Dean | Neil Rumming | Nick Goss | Patricia Ellis | Paul Johnson | Rhys Coren | Richard Kirwan | Robert Pratt | Roy Voss | Sascha Baunig | Sophie Lisa Beresford | Stalla Capes | Tillman Kaiser | Tim Ellis

Friendship of the Peoples invites twenty artists to propose one other, to build a community of forty artists, all showing uniform size works on paper. Text based or image led, the core unifying factor is that all artists have created a work that is rooted in the idea of a poster. This dynamic exhibition includes photography, painting, print, collage and drawing; exploring our willingness to conform and belong to a community, whilst at the same time expressing a desire to strike out and assert our identity.

Crucially, there is no overt or deliberate shared intent or theme, other than the artists uniting around the ethos of a poster; a powerful tool of mass communication. The collective works will function as a group that sits somewhere between a communicative role and the symbolic; allowing an engagement with the individual existing within a community.

The forty works will have come from each artist's particular journey but together will reflect the rousing nature of the poster and the calling to peoples to take part in an event which may be fleeting but captures the spirit of the time.