Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Richard Rigg: The Inhabitant of the Watchtower, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California, USA

CIRCA Projects presents

Richard Rigg: The Inhabitant of the Watchtower

High Desert Test Sites
Joshua Tree
California USA

Broadcast on Basic FM:
Mon 22 October at 01:08PM
Tue 23 October at 02:32PM
Wed 24 October at 06:52PM
Fri 26 October at 06:52PM
Sat 27 October at 07:22PM


The Inhabitant of the Watchtower is a durational project by artist Richard Rigg. A recording apparatus was installed in the barren stage of the Mojave desert in California the device employed there records, erases then plays sound. It takes a field recording, including extremely low and high frequencies; it erases those sounds within the human audible bracket, then it broadcasts that which is remaining ultrasonic sound.
This device remains in situ and will continue to broadcast an ultrasonic portrait of its environment indefinitely. A portrait void of information for a human audience but full of information out-with the physiological limits of our perception.
The audio is a field recording taken from beside the apparatus while it completes this process of recording, erasure then broadcast in the Mojave desert. It contains the ultrasonic sound broadcast by the devise, the static sound of the apparatus completing this task of sound erasure, as well as the other sounds around it, which the machine is erasing.

CIRCA Projects is a not-for-profit curatorial arts organisation. Its main goal is to present the viewer with coherently researched exhibitions that are embedded in the present. Our work is mainly based in the presentation and production of new art works and projects within lens-based and time-based practices. Hence our aim is to encourage a critical discussion around contemporary art production and we stress the importance of regularly organising artist talks, debates and lectures in order to create an access point to art and its contexts. Exhibitions, screenings, talks, publications and commissions, in both gallery and off-site contexts, are some of the means by which CIRCA Projects works with artists.

Richard Rigg has recently had solo exhibitions: Lacuna at BALTIC, UK and Holography at Workplace Gallery, UK. He has recently exhibited as part of: Glamourie, PSL, UK; The Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK; and Quiet Works, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Event Reminder: Tues 23 Oct. Artist Talk: Jacob Dahlgren at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Image: Jacob Dahlgren Porto 1968 2011, Cloths Hangers and Aluminium, 190 x 300cm Photo: Colin Davison, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Artist Talk and Exhibition Tour: Jacob Dahlgren colour-time-structure

Tuesday 23 October 2012 6.30pm-8.00pm

Workplace Gallery, The Old Post Office, 19/21 West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AD

Hosted by Contemporary Art Society North East

Join us next Tuesday for a talk by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, and a tour of his first UK solo exhibition colour-time-structure at Workplace Gallery.

Dahlgren's materials are often banal and quotidian, objects for everyday use produced for another purpose than art; plastic clothes-hangers, yoghurt containers, dartboards, coloured pens, mirrors, silk ribbons and so forth. Far from being read as trash, Dahlgren's formal language refers back to visual experiences which are reminiscent of various artistic modes of the twentieth century such as Constructivism, Op Art, Minimal Art and Pop Art.

Born in Stockholm in 1970, his recent exhibitions include Units of Measurements, Skärets Konsthall, Sweden; Forward, Back, Right, Left, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle USA; It's a Set-up, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York. Dahlgren represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Stockholm.

Please RSVP, stating whether you a bringing a guest, to rebecca@contemporaryartsociety.org / 07815 830 182

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eric Bainbridge: "Steel Sculptures" Camden Art Centre, 28 Sept - 2nd Dec 2012

Image: Eric Bainbridge Steel Sculptures 2012, Installation view: Camden Arts Centre. Photo: Andy Keate

Eric Bainbridge 

Steel Sculptures

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom

Exhibition continues
28 September - 2 December 2012

Selected installation photographs: http://privateview.net/1/80ddee75f257d26de13ee2

Eric Bainbridge presents a series of new works made from reclaimed steel and other more incongruous materials, drawing himself closer to the modernist abstraction of the 1950s and '60s embodied by sculptors David Smith and Anthony Caro. The sculptures extend his practice of collage, combining both formal and unexpected elements and reveal the duality which has run throughout his career.
Bainbridge has always been interested in the surface of things and previous sculptural works have incorporated materials such as fake fur and wood-effect melamine. Often described as kitsch, his preferred materials are found in second hand shops, scrap metal yards and DIY stores; his sculptures reconsider the value of the readily available and cheap. He has blown objects up to outsize proportions, covered them and piled them up in a variety of balancing acts. Bainbridge incorporates multiple components and reference points, including concepts and inspiration from art history and today's cultural field.
Working across a wide array of media spanning video, installation and collage, Bainbridge's interests continuously expand to absorb society's constant changes in style, thought, fashion and taste.

For more information please contact Miles Thurlow: miles@workplacegallery.co.uk
or Paul Moss: paul@workplacegallery.co.uk

Matt Stokes: "Give to Me the Life I Love" Whitechapel Gallery, London UK

Image: Matt Stokes Research photograph for Give to Me the Life I Love. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

The Street: Matt Stokes

Give to Me the Life I Love

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

25 September - 2 December 2012
Outset Project Gallery (Gallery 5) & 176/Zabludowicz Collection Project Gallery (Gallery 6)

The Street is a programme of artist projects, events and research taking place both in and beyond the Gallery. Artist Matt Stokes has made a film tracing a story set within the local Bangladeshi community.

Matt Stokes (b. 1973) immerses himself in communities to look at the culture that shapes people's lives. His projects develop into films, installations, archives and events that utilise the collective knowledge and skills within these communities.

The film Give to Me the Life I Love shows two stories mirroring each other across different moments in time. Iqbal, shown in the present day, has a curious friendship with Mohib, a teenager who works in his uncle's food emporium. Iqbal is also shown in the late 1970s, when a young person himself, caught up in an area beset by racial tensions. The story draws on accounts of the struggles faced by Bangladeshis when first arriving in the UK and the experiences of younger generations living in East London today. Stokes collaborated with scriptwriter Syed Rahman to weave these sources together into a story uncovering possible tensions between friendships and communities in the face of hostility.

Presented alongside the film is a collection of Bengali books spanning 38 years. Transforming the gallery into a library and archive these books underpin the significance of language to Bangladeshi identity.

The idea for Give to Me the Life I Love was formed when Stokes visited the 40th anniversary celebrations of Bangladesh's liberation in 2011. Over the last year he has searched archives, talked to people locally and travelled to Bangladesh, learning about language, music and activism.

Matt Stokes (b. 1973, Penzance, Cornwall, England) lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle, England.

His recent solo exhibitions include Cantata Profana, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2011); Nuestro tiempo (Our Time), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain (2011); The Distant Sound, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands (2011) and No Place Else Better Than Here, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2010). Recent Commissions include The Stratford Gaff: A Serio-Comick-Bombastick-Operatick Interlude, Art on the Underground, Jubilee Line, Stratford Station, London, England (2011). Stokes won the Beck's Futures Award in 2006 and was nominated for the Northern Art Prize in 2009. He is shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Award.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jennifer Douglas & Paul Merrick: "Salon Art Prize 2012" Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK

Above: Jennifer Douglas, Fun, 2012 Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm 76 x 61 cm
Below: Paul Merrick, Untitled (Table|Table), 2011 Wood, Steel, Acrylic 130 x 130 x 68 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


12th October - 3rd November 2012

Private view 11th October, 6.30 - 9pm

Selection Panel:
Gavin Delahunty (Head of Exhibitions, TATE Liverpool)
Godfrey Worsdale (Director, BALTIC centre for contemporary art)
Anthony Spira (Director, Milton Keynes gallery)
Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum)

Matt Roberts Arts
25b Vyner Street,
E2 9DG


Saturday, October 06, 2012

Jacob Dahlgren & Miles Thurlow: "MARKETPLACE" Division of Labour, Malvern, UK

Jacob Dahlgren Untitled endless column, 2006, Coat hangers, height 420 cm, Installation View: P.S.1 New York. Miles Thurlow My Photo, 2010, IKEA print and frame purchased by the artist. Courtesy of the artists and Workplace Gallery, UK


Sam Curtis
Ned James
Craig Barnes

Guy Ben-Ner
Jacob Dahlgren
Andrew Sunderland
Helmit Smits
Miles Thurlow

6th Oct - 22nd December
by appointment

Unit 1 (rear), Cowleigh Road
Gt. Malvern
WR14 1QD


Friday, October 05, 2012

Tanya Axford: "Whitstable Bienale 2012" Whitstable, UK

Image: Tanya Axford The Path Made by a Boat in Sound (3 Down) 2012 Performance and video projection. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

The Path Made by a Boat in Sound (3 Down)


Saturday 15 September, 2-2:45pm and 3:30-4:15pm
Sunday 16 September, 2-2:45pm and 3:30-4:15pm

Whitstable Youth & Community Centre, Tower Parade, Whitstable CT5 2BJ

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


The Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art exploring performance and film. The sixth Whitstable Biennale will take place 1 - 16 September 2012.

Set in a small fishing town, Whitstable Biennale commissions artists at a formative stage in their career to create new and experimental work in film and performance.

Previous artists have included Lucienne Cole, Ryan Gander, Phil Coy, Katie Paterson, Anna Lucas, AngusH Braithwaite, Karen Mirza & Ruth Beale, Olivia Plender, Nick Crowe, Serena Korda, Richard Layzell, Clio Barnard, Oreet Ashery, Adam Chodzko and Will Hunt.


Cecilia Stenbom: "HF/Happy Fashion" VIA DELLE INDUSTRIE space, S.Eraclio di Foligno (PG) Italy

Image: (Left) Cecilia Stenbom Play Dead #1 2010 Coloured Ink on Paper, 270 x 150 cm. (Right) Cecilia Stenbom Play Dead #2 2010 Coloured Ink on Paper, 270 x 150 cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.


an inventory, a research, an exhibition

via delle industrie 9, S.Eraclio di Foligno (PG) Italy

 preview saturday 6th october 2012
h 12,00 / opening sunday 7th october 2012 h 16,00-19,00

Bettina Allamoda, Lisa Ann Auerbach, ATOPOS, House of Diehl, Katja Eydel, Goldiechiari, Hans Hejkelboom, Mella Jaarsma,  Marlon Griffith, Patrick Killoran, Antonio Riello, Joke Robbard, Gabi Schillig, Cecilia Stenbom, Emilia Tikka, UNREALAGE, Stephen Willats.

curated by Emanuele De Donno
a project by VIAINDUSTRIAE / project room (7) i.stanza contemporanea

exhibition dates: 6th october 2012 | 10th february 2013
hours: 16,00 - 20,00 on appointment / 39 349 5240942
info: info@viaindustriae.it

Viaindustriae will present an inventory, an exhibition on a specific issue, opening 7th october 2012.

Happy Fashion is a wide research about the "high and the low" fashion in Italy in which a series of stories connected to companies and manufacturers of the region-district of Umbria describe a piece af history of italian fashion; from Lancetti to Armani, from the xenophilous Ginocchietti to the sport innovation of Ellesse brand. A cultural trip also made of minor voices tied by "poor" clothing, tailing, pret a porter. Small companies of creative people who designed sundresses and aprons, franciscan rubber-sandals and rosaries made of coloured prayer beads. A sociological research which describes a split of the "happy society" of the 60's, 70's, 80's, (an happiness interrupted by the Years of Lead), contrasting with the crisis of the present age.

The exhibition presents in the disused factory of one of this companies, the interventions of international artists who use fashion as "antisystem", metaphor of the contraddictions of society and crisis of the language.

The editorial project starts from a research/dossier about a textile's district, conceived after the finding of documents and materials located in an abandoned building of a small firm named Happy Fashion.

Begining for a wider range of inventory the editorial staff found a world of fashion designers, cloth hactivists, fashion victims, workers à façone, producers, master craftmen working in external laboratories in the umbrian countryside. Among these, we meet Felice, trustworthy knitter who works in his house for the high society of the italian fashion scene, the so-called made in Italy.

The exhibition catalogue will be out 10th november 2012

Richard Rigg: "20/12 London Art Now" Lodge Park, Gloucestershire, UK 26th Sept - 7th October 2012

Image:  Richard Rigg Cloth Arranged to Look Like a Jacket (Self Portrait) 2010, Cloth, 10 x 60 x 44cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Lodge Park, Gloucestershire 26 September - 7 October 2012

Lodge Park, Aldsworth, near Cheltenham, GL54 3PP
Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 5pm


Armsden is delighted to announce 20/12 London Art Now. Showcasing twenty of the most innovative contemporary artists at work in London today, the exhibition presents 'one to watch' as selected by twenty influential and dynamic individuals in the contemporary art sector.

CAROLINE ACHAINTRE  |   Sebastian Buerkner
MILA ASKAROVA   |   Saad Qureshi
DAVID BIRKIN   |   Amelia Newton Whitelaw
ROBERT DEVEREUX   |   Richard Rigg
ZAVIER ELLIS   |   John Stark
LISA LE FEUVRE   |   Daniel Shanken
FRANCESCA GAVIN   |  Morley Hill
NICK HACKWORTH   |   Barry Reigate
JUSTIN HAMMOND   |   Tom Howse
REBECCA MAY MARSTON   |   Matthew Smith
JANE NEAL   |    Hugo Wilson
OVADA   |   Tom Woolner
LISA PANTING   |   Helen Cammock
SECRET ARTS    |    A Secret Arts Curated Project
DIANE SMYTH   |   Olivia Arthur
#17 MICHAEL STANLEY   |   James Capper
#18 ROB TUFNELL   |   Aaron Angell
ANNE MARIE WATSON   |   Rachael Chanpion

In the year that sees London mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and host the Olympic Games, 20/12 London Art Now celebrates the very best of London's emerging artistic talent. Curated by Armsden, this exhibition explores the work of these rising stars within the exceptional surrounds of National Trust property, Lodge Park. Standing apart from London's conventional gallery spaces, this unique seventeenth century grandstand in the heart of the Cotswolds offers an inspirational setting in which to look afresh at the presentation and experience of contemporary art today.