Friday, February 21, 2014

Joe Clark "Every song the same" Workplace London

Image: Joe Clark Seagrass #3, 2013, Giclée print mounted on aluminium, 42.5 x 34cm, ed 1 a/p, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Joe Clark

Every song the same


22 Feb - 22 March 2014

Workplace London

61 Conduit Street



by appointment only



Workplace Gallery is pleased to announce Every song the same a solo exhibition of new works by Joe Clark.


During a residency on the Croatian island of Vis in 2013 Clark conceived and executed a new series of photographs depicting blades of Seagrass in gestural configurations against the gradient of the setting sun. 


"In the Seagrass series the photographic contents can be understood through the idea of vision - and its supposed analogue in photography - mediating between bodily experience and interior life. The layer of curved organic fragments at first glance appears to be arranged by chance, but keeping in mind the idea of the camera as a symbol-making machine, the curves seem to stand in relationship to one another as hieroglyphs or letters of an unknown language. The shapes also have a visual relationship to formations which are found in the human eye: small floating fragments which ordinarily go unnoticed, but become apparent against a uniform backdrop (such as a blue sky), and perhaps come into optical focus only during a moment of mental abstraction. There is then, in the images, a sense of introspection: the seagrass can be seen as a stand-in for a layer of language or of interior imagery which comes into mental focus through transcendent thought."


Extract from 'An impossible analogue - on the photography of Joe Clark - by Thomas Cuckle'. To read the full text click here


Joe Clark was born in 1982 in RAF Wegberg, BAOR. Recent exhibitions include: Double Blind, 4 Windmill Street, London, Now Showing, Carroll / Fletcher, London,Be Like Water, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead,Screentest (for a hero shot), Workplace Gallery,Gateshead, Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale; New Contemporaries 2010 - ICA London and A-Foundation, Liverpool; Oriel Mostyn, Wales.

In 2012 Clark was artist in residence at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil, he studied in Northumbria University, Newcastle and The Slade School of Art and currently lives and works in London, UK.


For a full list of available works please contact

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Marcus Coates and Laura Lancaster: "Private Utopia - Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection" Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo

Marcus Coates Convolvulus Hawk Moth, Agrius convolvuli (larva) Self Portrait, shaving foam, 2013, Archival Giclée Print mounted on Aluminium, 172.7 x 121.9 cm, 68 x 48 in, edition of 5 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/5 - British Council Collection), Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Private Utopia

Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection

Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

18 Jan - 9 March 2014


Anna Barriball
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Adam Chodzko
Marcus Coates
Martin Creed
Jeremy Deller
Peter Doig
Tracey Emin
Ryan Gander
Ed Hall
Roger Hiorns
Gary Hume
Jim Lambie
Laura Lancaster
Sarah Lucas
Haroon Mirza
Mike Nelson
Paul Noble
Cornelia Parker
Grayson Perry
Elizabeth Price 

George Shaw
David Shrigley
Simon Starling
Wood & Harrison
Cerith Wyn Evans
Toby Ziegler


Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection is a major new exhibition which has been created in partnership with the Asahi Shimbun; Tokyo Station Gallery; Itami City Museum of Art; Kochi Museum of Art and Okayama Museum of Art. Together, the curators of each museum have selected works from the holdings of the British Council Collection.

Private Utopia spans the last two decades and showcases the range of work produced by British artists during this time. What is particularly striking about the selection is the array of themes, ideas and materials. Crossovers into music, literature, social history and anthropology are common threads running through the exhibition, reflecting the multifarious nature of contemporary art in the UK today and the broadening definition of what art can be.

The curators from each of the Japanese museums have jointly selected works by artists who came to prominence in the mid 1990's - Jake and Dinos Chapman, Peter Doig, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Cornelia Parker - alongside younger artists who have emerged in the last decade, such as Haroon Mirza, Martin Boyce and Roger Hiorns. Of the 28 artists included in the exhibition, 17 have been nominated for the Turner Prize, which is a testament to the quality of artists in the British Council Collection.

New purchases have been made especially for the exhibition and we are delighted to showcase works by Marcus Coates, Sarah Lucas and Ryan Gander for the first time internationally. Additional works have been lent with great generosity for this exhibition: So Many Ways to Hurt You (The Life and Times of Adrian Street) (2010) by Jeremy Deller; I'm Dead (2010) by David Shrigley; The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012) by Elizabeth Price; and three recent Untitled paintings (2010) by Laura Lancaster.

For further information, please visit the exhibition website:



Cecilia Stenbom: "The Case" Glasgow Short Film Festival

Image: Cecilia Stenbom The Case 2013 Single Channel HD Film. Duration: 8 Minutes 53 Seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK 


Glasgow Short Film Festival

International Competition

13-16 February 2014

Scotland's leading short film festival returns for four days of screenings, workshops and parties. Whilst CCA remains our hub, this year the International competition will take place in the state-of-the-art GFT Screen 3, and we venture into The Arches, Glasgow School of Art and an underground car park.

International Competition 2: Reality Bleed:


This programme draws inspiration from reality in startling ways. Whether placing conversations in strange new contexts or secretly capturing the sinister banality of state power on camera, each of these films investigates the ethics of the moving image. The programme includes works from China and Finland, as well as a revelatory film featuring a cast of first time performers, all inmates in a Scottish youth prison.

The Case Cecilia Stenbom, The Immaculates (Gli Immacolati) Ronny Trocker, Emergency Calls Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen, The Questioning Zhu Rikun, Colours Graham Fitzpatrick, Trusts and Estates Jeanette Bonds.


The Case was commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Produced together with independent producer and filmmaker Mat Fleming. Cinematography by Minttumaari Mäntynen, edited by Edwin Mingard and original score by Marek Gabrysch.


Further information:


Interview with Cecilia Stenbom on Glasgow Film Festival Blog: