Friday, November 25, 2011

Workplace Gallery at NADA Art Fair Miami 2011

Image: Marcus Coates Intellegent Design, 2009, Single Channel HD Video (16:9) Duration 8:00 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Workplace Gallery at NADA Art Fair 2011

Booth 804, Le Jardin

NADA Art Fair Miami
The Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141

1st - 4th December

Eric Bainbridge
Darren Banks
Sophie Lisa Beresford
Marcus Coates
Jo Coupe
Laura Lancaster
Paul Merrick

Mike Pratt
Cecilia Stenbom
Matt Stokes

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Richard Rigg: The Northern Art Prize, Leeds Art Gallery, UK

Workplace Gallery is very pleased to announce the participation of Richard Rigg in this years Northern Art Prize Shortlist.

Northern Art Prize 2011

25th November 2011 - 19th January 2012

Private View - Thursday 24 November 2011
6pm at Leeds Art Gallery

Shortlisted artists:

Liadin Cooke
Leo Fitzmaurice
James Hugonin 
Richard Rigg

The Northern Art Prize 2011 exhibition takes place at Leeds Art Gallery from 25 November 2011 to 19 February 2012. The winner will be announced on 19 January 2012 and will receive £16,500, with each of the runners up receiving £1,500.

Now in its fifth year, the Northern Art Prize is an annual prize for contemporary visual artists of any age or nationality, working in any media and living in the North of England. Celebrating the quality and diversity of artists working in our region, the Northern Art Prize exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery showcases the work of the four shortlisted artists Liadin Cooke, Leo Fitzmaurice, James Hugonin and Richard Rigg.

The winning artist will be selected by this year%u2019s judges %u2013 Caroline Douglas (Head, Arts Council Collection), Tim Marlow (Broadcaster, Art Historian and Director of Exhibitions, White Cube Gallery), Simon Starling (Artist and Turner Prize Winner), Simon Wallis (Director, The Hepworth Wakefield) and Sarah Brown (Curator of Exhibitions, Leeds Art Gallery).
Image: Richard Rigg, I forgot what was said when we were outside, stood empty, now without those words I fell back, 2010, Telegraph poles, Wire, 672 x 15 cm and 660 x 14 cm. Private Collection, USA/UK. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Paul Merrick: Preview - Friday 18th November, 6-9pm at Workplace Gallery

Image: Untitled (Blue) 2011 (detail) Aluminium, Dust, 69 x 78 courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Paul Merrick

Preview: Friday 18th November 2011 , 6 - 9pm

Exhibition continues:
19th November - 17th December 2011
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment)

Workplace Gallery are pleased to announce our first solo exhibition by Paul Merrick.

Paul Merrick combines painting with sculpture, and the made with the ready-made. Investigating colour, form, and architectural and spatial arrangement in relationship to Painting as a subject and discipline in and of itself; Merrick's new work is the result of a sustained interrogation of painting and process in relation to the found object.

Untitled 2011 is a commanding steel structure that refers to a found metal armature. Merrick has played with status of the original object, first simplifying its linear form then amplifying it to create an oversize almost comical object, which loses its function entirely. Finished with an industrial yellow powder coat paint finish, an oversize leatherette cushion upholstered in the style of Mies Van Der Rohe's Barcelona Chair, and inserted planes of sterling board that serve both to delineate and interrupt the space within the structure, and as proxy to painterly brushstrokes. Untitled invites us to reconsider our initial haptic and perceptual encounters with objects whilst proposing a reassessment of the semiological status of material and form in relation to design, style and function.

Merrick's light works again substitute found and functional material for painterly mark and gesture. Untitled (Big Plate) 2011 is a drawing of a found glass plate using fluorescent green strip lights. The plate has been removed creating a simple frame of light interrupted by the black rubber flex looped across the picture plane. In Merrick's work the accidental and contingent mark is given status that is knowingly bartered with the historical canon of modernity. This approach is extended in Merrick's new series of 'Found Paintings'. Carefully selected objects such as used and discarded scrap metal, table tops, and dusty panels are presented as Paintings, challenging the viewer to look beyond speculation about former use and action, towards acceptance of each object and surface as aesthetically final and complete, a reclamation and assertion of Painting through the artistic legacy of the found object.

Merrick's works draw influences from disparate sources, referencing the luxury of 50's and 60's interior design of West Coast America, the murder scenes of Helmut Newton, Color Film Noir, and the post industrial landscape of North East England. Salvaged form the local scrap yard these works lead a double life: both as autonomous objects and as Mise-en-scène. As such they imply an event or act that occurs outside of the work, ambiguous and with no substantiation except for the intimated luxury or seediness of material and colour the works become both sinister and erotic.

Paul Merrick was born in 1973 in Oxford, UK. He lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle, UK.

The next exhibition at Workplace Gallery will be a solo exhibition of new work by Cath Campbell opening in 2012.

To celebrate the opening of Paul Merrick please join us afterwards at Central Bar in Gateshead.

Workplace Gallery was founded in 2005 by artists Paul Moss and Miles Thurlow. Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs. Workplace Gallery is currently at The Old Post Office, Gateshead; a listed 19th Century red brick building built upon the site where the important British artist, engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) lived and died.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Catherine Bertola: 'From Trash to Treasure' Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

Catherine Bertola, After the Fact, 2006, Found dust and sound, Dimensions Variable, Courtesy the artist and Workplace Gallery

From Trash to Treasure

Kunsthalle zu Kiel

5th November 2011 - 5th February 2012

Catherine Bertola
Joseph Beuys
Karsten Bott
George Brecht
Jürgen Brodwolf
Pavel Büchler
Peter Buggenhout
Tony Cragg
Jürgen Drescher
Marcel Duchamp
Sylvie Fleury
Gilbert & George
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Tina Hauser
Jan Henderickse
Robert Jacobsen
Ray Johnson
Asger Jorn
Arthur Køpcke
Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky
Alicia Kwade
Urs Lüthi
Gordon Matta Clark
Olaf Metzel
Bruno Mouron & Pascal Rostain
Wilhelm Mundt
Vik Muniz
Raffael Rheinsberg
Gerd Rohling
Dieter Roth
Karin Sander
HA Schult
Kurt Schwitters
Daniel Spoerri
Johann Strandahl
Philip Topolovac
Jacques de la Villeglé
Wolf Vostell
Robert Watts
Diet Wiegman
Markus Zimmermann

The state of a civilization may be read from the way it deals with trash, as Jean Jaques Lacan put it. We are, so to speak, what we throw away. Degrading an object, a topic or a situation by labeling it trash, is a long-established strategy affecting all layers of society, and it is also a part of our contemporary everyday culture.

The recent financial crisis was accompanied by talk about trash papers, there is talk about trash slicks on the oceans, of space trash and trash culture. At the same time, issues like recycling, revaluation and diversified use of these residues are moving more and more into focus.

The exhibition From Trash to Treasure. The Value of the Worthless within Art presents a selection of artistic strategies dating from the early 20th century until today,  altogether dealing with trash - a topic equally hot politically, economically and  culturally - with its definition, its potential and its utilization.