8.3.11

Interim - Leeds College of Art

Myself, along with 9 other artists, have been selected for the Interim show at Leeds College of Art, opening on Thursday 17th March, until the 31st March. Interim is an exhibition open to all current second year BA Fine Art students at British art schools who have previously completed their Foundation Diploma at Leeds College of Art. The show has been selected by artist Peter Liversidge, Ceri Hand from Liverpool’s Ceri Hand Gallery and Sean Kaye.

The Exhibition will be held at the Vernon Street Building in Leeds city centre, near Millennium Square. Open from 10.00am - 8.00pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am - 4.00pm on Fridays.
If you happen to be in Leeds, please go and see it!


Test Card F, Rebecca Clark, 2011

The Clock

The Clock
Christian Marclay
The Purcell Room
5th March 2011




From Christian Marclay's The Clock

As part of the British Art Show 7, In the days of the Comet, The Southbank Centre held a special free screening of Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”; a special opportunity to see the 24 hour long film in a single screening which I had the chance to indulge in (for around 6 hours approximately in the middle of the night!). The Clock comprises of a montage of clips from several thousand films and is accurate to the second, functioning as an actual timepiece, synchronised with local time.

Made up of scenes featuring clocks and watches, or situations indicating the time of day, Marclay has created a patchwork history of film. As the scene changes, so does the narrative, one swiftly overtaking the other with the help of appropriate soundtracks, a smooth transition from one moment to the next. I could watch it all day.

 


In The Days of The Comet - British Art Show 7

British Art Show 7
In The Days Of The Comet
Hayward Gallery
5th March 2011

The British Art Show is organised by Hayward touring and takes place every five years touring to four different cities across the UK; widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art.

Milena Dragicevic's Supplicant 77, 2008

Curator's of the British Art Show, Lisa Le Feuvre & Tom Morton have chosen a subtitle of the seventh British Art Show  taken from H.G. Wells's 1906 novel In the Days of the Comet. "The British socialist and science-fiction writer imagines the appearance of a comet over the United Kingdom, which releases a green gas that creates a ‘Great Change' in all mankind, turning it away from war and exploitation and towards rationalism and a heightened appreciation of beauty. Notably, this shift in understanding is achieved not through human agency, but through an ineffable alien force."  Thesignificance of the novel's title is that the ‘days' to which it refers are not only "those of an enforced Utopian transformation, but the whole of recorded history. The comet's recurrent nature, and its orbiting of the same sun as the Earth, draws together the past, present and perhaps even the future too."

Visiting on a Saturday Afternoon was probably a bad choice to make, being (luckily) the last person to get a ticket in the show. On entering you come face to face with another of Charles Avery's impressive installments from his imaginary utopia, a parallel universe and all its' inhabitants. A huge Glass Box, encasing a scene from the desert, with the hunter's sweetheart being spied on by a one armed snake.

The Exhibition  doesn't focus in on one particular theme, which allowed for almost every discipline to be covered: huge wall drawings, installations, painting, sculpture and hours upon hours of film and video as well as performance.

I particularly enyjoyed Spartacus Chetwynd's temporal "The Folding House" 2010; with its rickety scaffolding and high platform towering above her neighbouring lunette windows on wheels, both works composed of old windowpanes and other discarded objects, they nod towards the reference of modernist architecture in her work made specifically for this years exhibition.

4.3.11

Growing Up




Growing Up, Dimensions Variable, 2011
Plastic Highchair, Dead Fern


His N Hers



His and Hers, 2011
Wooden Crate, Felt, Plastic Flamingo's


Trike


Trike, Unique, 2011,
Zimmer Frame, enamel paint, stabilisers, streamers


Spring Lamb


Spring Lamb Vol. I, 2011,
Wheelchair, Hyacinth Bulbs




Spring Lamb Vol. II, 2011,
Wheelchair, Steel offcuts, Hyacinth Bulbs