November 2009

Matt’s Gallery are currently showing an exhibition of six paintings from 1997 by David Troostwyk, entitled Letters from a British soldier

Jennet Thomas All Suffering Soon to End (production still) 2009, showing at Matt’s Gallery in April 2010

Fiona Crisp Abteilung Nr/E, 2005/6 (archival digital print from colour transparency) from Abteilung Series, can be seen at Impressions Gallery, Bradford 13 February-17 April 2010

Matt’s Gallery celebrates 30 years

On Wednesday 16 September Matt’s Gallery celebrated its 30th anniversary. The first exhibition opened in Robin Klassnik’s studio at 10 Martello Street, London Fields E8, which then became Matt’s Gallery, now at Copperfield Road, E3. Since 1979 the Gallery has exhibited 67 artists in 135 solo exhibitions.

Robin Klassnik wishes to thank the artists, and all those who have contributed over the years.

Current exhibition at Matt’s Gallery

Matt’s Gallery are currently showing a small exhibition of six paintings from 1997 by David Troostwyk, collectively entitled Letters from a British soldier. An archive of publications produced alongside Troostwyk’s exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery is also on show.

David Troostwyk, Letter from a British soldier dated Oct.11, 1911 (one of six) 1997, 51cm x 51cm, resin and pigment on canvas, currently showing at Matt’s Gallery

Next Exhibition at Matt’s Gallery

The next exhibition at Matt’s Gallery will be All Suffering Soon to End by Jennet Thomas in April 2010. The exhibition will consist of a film installation with performance, and takes it starting point from an evangelical religious pamphlet of the same name.

Jennet Thomas All Suffering Soon to End (production still) 2009, showing at Matt’s Gallery in April 2010

Artists’ exhibitions, projects, awards and events

Here are some highlights for November and December 2009:

Jordan Baseman has recently received a major grant from the Wellcome Trust to show Nature’s Great Experiment, a trilogy of films commissioned by the Trust and the AHRC in 2007, at a number of cinemas and arts centres throughout the UK during 2010.

Jordan Baseman Laws of Variation (video still) 2007, commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and AHRC as part of the project Nature’s Great Experiment

Having recently shown at the BALTIC, Fiona Crisp’s exhibition of large-scale photographic work entitled Subterrania continues its tour at Impressions Gallery, Bradford from 20 November-24 January 2010 and then moves on to Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall from 13 February-17 April 2010. The exhibition takes images from four series produced over the last six years. A publication and limited edition print have been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more information please see the artist‘s pages.

Richard Wilson’s exhibition Force Quit is showing at WORKS|PROJECT, Bristol from 20 November to 31 January 2010. The exhibition explores the development of Wilson’s recent landmark works through the artist’s preparatory works.

Force Quit at WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol includes works detailing recent versions of Richard Wilson’s 20:50 (installation shown at Matt’s Gallery, 1987)

Imogen Stidworthy will be showing work in Get off at Edge Hill, a site specific group exhibition exploring sexual and industrial metaphors in painting, sculpture and film. The exhibition at Metal at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool, runs from 22 October to 5 December 2009.

Imogen Stidworthy’s work is included in Get off at Edge Hill, Metal at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool 22 October-5 December 2009

The Gluts (Hayley Newman, Kaffe Matthews and Gina Birch) will be presenting Café Carbon at the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009. Songs from Café Carbon (a musical about the politics of food) will be sung on the streets and in the restaurants of Denmark’s capital. Presented in the form of a menu, the audience will be able to select individual songs that track consumption (food, oil, land) from pre-historic times to the present day, from a list of starters, mains, and desserts.

Graham Fagan is exhibiting in Running Time: Artist Films in Scotland 1960 to Now at the National Galleries of Scotland Modern Art Galleries from 17 October to 22nd November 2009.

Anne Bean working in Ireland during 2009, as part of the PAVES project which involves artists from Ireland, Israel, Croatia and Kurdistan-Iraq

In November Anne Bean will be working in Sulumanya at the Aram Gallery with Kurdish-Iraqi artist Poshya Kakl for the PAVES project, a year long collaboration between 5 artists, during which the artists have travelled to and worked together in each other’s countries.

Anne Bean and other PAVES artists in Ireland, 2009

Paul Rooney La Décision Doypak, 2008 (16mm film still), will be showing at the Storey Gallery, Lancaster until 18 December 2009

La Décision Doypak by Paul Rooney, originally co-commissioned by Matt’s Gallery and the Loughborough University Radar programme, and first shown at Matt’s Gallery 23 April-15 June 2008, will be exhibited at the Storey Gallery, Lancaster from 14 November-18 December 2009.

The Fordham Gallery, London will be showing the exhibition XXXXXXX by Matthew Tickle from 20-27 November.

Matthew Tickle, XXXXXXXX, 2009, showing at The Fordham Gallery, London

Brian Catling will be performing alongside other performers and theorists as part of Ekstatic Auditoria – Night Church on 7 November 2009 at Smart Project Space, Amsterdam.

Brian Catling will be performing as part of Ekstatic Auditoria at Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, 7 November 2009

Continuing Exhibitions

The following exhibitions and events were featured in the September-October News page but will continue throughout November and December:

A solo exhibition of Willie Doherty’s work entitled Passages will be showing at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto from 24 September-28 November 2009.

Willie Doherty Buried (video still) 2009, showing as part of Passages, at Prefix ICA from 24 September 2009

Susan Hiller will be showing in British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967-2009 at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York from 13 September to 13 December 2009. The exhibition explores the changes in what it means to be British and in conceptions of selfhood and self-portraiture over the last 40 years.

Roy Voss will be taking part in Rotate, a new exhibition programme at the Emerald Street offices of the Contemporary Art Society. The exhibition will run from 5 October 2009-8 January 2010.

Roy Voss Fell 33 will be shown as part of Rotate at the Contemporary Art Society offices from 5 October 2009-8 January 2010

Imogen Stidworthy will be showing The Whisper Heard (originally commissioned and shown at Matt’s Gallery 24 September- 16 November 2003) in the group exhibition See This Sound: Promises in Sound and Vision at the Lentos Museum in Linz, Austria from 28 August 2009-10 January 2010.

Imogen Stidworthy The Whisper Heard, 2003 ( installation at Matt’s Gallery), will be shown at the Lentos Museum, Linz, 28 August 2009-10 January 2010

The Musée National Des Beaux-Arts Du Québec will be showing Hayley Newman’s work as part of Emporte-moi / Sweep me off my feet an exhibition that addresses the value of emotion in contemporary art. The exhibition runs from 24 September 2009-11 January 2010.

Bellevue, a film by Paul Rooney, co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and the Bluecoat, Liverpool in association with Harewood House, Leeds and Spacex Exeter, will initially be part of the exhibition Under the Volcano at the Bluecoat, Liverpool from 25 September-22 November 2009. Rooney will also show Lost High Street a video work created in 2008 in Running Time: Artist Films in Scotland 1960 to Now at the Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh from 17 October-22 November 2009.

Paul Rooney Bellevue, 2009 (HD video still) is showing in Under the Volcano at the Bluecoat, Liverpool from 25 September to 22 November 2009

The Provincial Forge, a project by David Osbaldeston and Joe Devlin aims to imaginatively cannibalise pre-existing published forms of artistic practice influence by and directly using the material of conversations originating elsewhere. It comprises a series of presentations within cabinets situated in John Rylands Library, Deansgate Manchester. Their first exhibition Americas will take place 23 September-13 December 2009.

Publications and Editions available to purchase online

Matt’s Gallery have a range of publications and editions for sale through our website. For further information or to purchase an item please visit the editions and publications pages.

Matt’s Gallery editions and publications can now also be purchased through CultureLabel. To go to the CultureLabel website visit .

Intern News

Matt’s Gallery are currently searching for a new Stanley Picker Intern. The internship is an opportunity for a recent graduate or postgraduate to gain valuable experience working as part of the gallery team and runs for six months from January-June 2010. A bursary of £2,000 will be paid over this time. An online application form can be found on the Jobs page.

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