Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cath Campbell: 'An Arrangement In White' XO, Leeds

Cath Campbell Cable Car, 2011, Foamboard, brass pins, 35 x 25 x 60 cm Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


An Arrangement In White


34 Kirkgate,

LS2 7DR, Leeds

Exhibition open:
Private View: Wednesday 20th February, 7.00pm - 9.30pm.
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 1.00pm - 6.00pm


Jeffrey Baij / Garry Barker / Simon Boase / John Bohl / Cath Campbell / Toby Christian / Kitty Clark / Jay Cover / Caroline Dawson / Pete Ellis / Andreas Ervik / Alex Farrar / Jack Fisher / Ryan Gander / Graham Gussin / Verity Hatfield / James Hines / Penny Klepuszewska / Damien Knightley / Rory Macbeth / Harry Meadley / Andreas Meinich / Briony Mullan / Richard Paul / Tom Railton / Alexis Rago / Simon Ringe / Tai Shani / David Steans / Rachel Westerma

An exhibition of works brought together through a shared aesthetic choice, one that attempts to study our relationship with the colour white and the significance, that such a simple distinction can retain. Within the gallery, white creates an immersive space away from mundane distractions, that promotes clear vision and thought. As a homage to the white cube space An arrangement in white makes more room for this intellectual freedom.

There has been no colour whose history has been as fluid and contradictory as that of the colour white. As an absolute; white has been both representative of purity, the sublime & divinity as well as oppression & its wholesale ideological misuse in fascism. The "Moral White" was thought capable by many to naturally elicit social reform, through its omnipresence in public and domestic settings, as a complete negation of decadent bourgeois decoration.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Cecilia Stenbom: "Nobody gets out of here alive" KAAPELIN GALLERIA, Helsinki, Finland

Image: Cecilia Stenbom How To Choose 2012 Single Channel HD Film. Duration: 3 Minutes 31 Seconds, Produced by Third. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK 

Cecilia Stenbom

Nobody gets out of here alive

7.2 - 2.3 2013

Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 C
00180 Helsinki

Opening: Wednesday 6th February 5-7 pm
Open: Mon 11-17, Tue 11-18, Wed-Fri 11-17, Sat 12-16

Cecilia Stenbom's (b. 1976) solo exhibition Nobody gets out of here alive explores the idea of the impossible quest for a more ordered and less anxious existence, and the perceived dangers inherent in modern life. In the works in the Cable Gallery Stenbom investigates the methods that people use to control their anxiety at a time when fear and chaos are constantly projected into their everyday environment.

Working across media including film and video, installation, drawing and painting, Stenbom examines our anxieties and desires by appropriating and reinterpreting real and fictional scenarios in entertainment, the mass media, retail and domestic life.

A central feature of the Cable Gallery exhibition is How To Choose, a short film about small and seemingly insignificant everyday choices. Guided by a female narrator, the story is written as instructions rather than as personal reflection. Fraught with anxiety about illness, death and other negative outcomes, her decisions are made partly logically and partly following a set of entirely personal rules.

Once we get there it's already over is a series of monochrome drawings on paper of a wide variety of subjects, ranging from shop interiors to lotto numbers and resuscitation drugs. These new works explore the inevitable emptiness of consumer desire.

The paintings in the exhibition are based on images digitally photographed from a television screen showing scenes from a California-based reality-TV show. Taking the characters out of their context allows Stenbom to construct paintings that oscillate between narrative and abstraction.

The Scene, a silent video animation, evokes the effect of diffused coloured light from an emergency-vehicle warning light spilling through a window and moving across a room. This familiar sight, which is as likely to occur in your home as on your TV screen, prompts a poignant moment of reflection that, as with Stenbom's other works, treads a fine line between fiction and reality.

Cecilia Stenbom is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her BA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2003 and an MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005. She lives and works in the North East of England. She is currently working on a new commission for the Berwick Film and Media Festival in September 2013. She is a member of AV-arkki (Finland) and her work is represented by Workplace Gallery (UK).

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