X Marks the Bökship is partnering with Matt’s Gallery over the summer period to present The Crystal Set, an evolving structure oscillating between a sound booth for recording and a stage for live listening events. This summer it will host a series of recording sessions, workshops and broadcasts from a cast of artists & publishers including: Test Centre, Paul Buck, Marcia Farquhar, Disembodied Voice Research Group, Drawing Room Confessions, Jenny Moore, Maria Guggenbichler & Amal Alhaag, Chris Wood, Typography Summer School, Sinkhole and more.
David Osbaldeston, The Top & Bottom of It. Mechanism for a Future Reference, Matt’s Gallery (Office), July – Ongoing
A site-specific installation within Matt’s Gallery’s Office, available to view every first Thursday per month, between working hours of 10.30am–1pm & 2–5.30pm (closed for lunch between 1–2pm). Viewing by prior arrangement only, one person per half-hour viewing slot. Pre-booking information here.
Oscillating between space tourism and the mystical power of sacred objects, between the scientific and the esoteric, this exhibition of new work by Benedict Drew will question different modes of learning and the power and privilege of the acquisition of knowledge. Presented at QUAD Gallery as part of The Grand Tour fringe programme, an exciting new cultural event taking place in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in 2015 and 2016, thanks to funding from Arts Council England.
Imogen Stidworthy’s sound installation The Work v5, currently on show at the Imperial War Museum London, was developed through conversations with two former British soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the wife of one of the soldiers, who lives with the effects of war at home. Stidworthy transmits their voices through objects associated with conflict, exploring the nature of memory and the difficulty of communicating traumatic experience.
Graham Fagen is currently representing Scotland at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, with a solo presentation commissioned and curated by Hospitalfield, Arbroath. Fagen will present an entirely new body of work, including sculptures, drawings and a five channel audio-visual installation. Using the Palazzo Fontana, a 16th century Venetian palace, as an historic backdrop for his presentation, Fagen will choreograph a new body of work across four rooms of the palazzo to create a path through which visitors can effectively become performers within the piece.
This exhibition curated by Ed Krcma brings together contemporary artworks that achieve density and compactness of meaning through the use of spare and concentrated means. While much recent art has depended upon high production values and spectacular effects, Compression explores strategies for the generation of aesthetic and conceptual magnitude via the articulation of more modest artistic materials. Recent paintings by Alison Turnbull feature alongside works by Stephen Brandes, Maud Cotter, Angela Fulcher, Tom Hackney, Harty Catherine, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Susan Morris and Trevor Shearer.
Richard Grayson, His Master’s Voice: On Voice and Language, La Panacee, Centre de Culture Contempraine, Montpelier, France, 19 June – 20 September 2015
Richard Grayson’s video work The Golden Space City of God, 2009, will be presented as part of His Master’s Voice, an exhibition on the voice and language curated by Dr Inke Arnes. Featuring more than thirty video, digital and performance works, which experiment with technologies that record, reproduce or obscure the voice. The exhibition explores and recovers historical or contemporary discourse, probing the emotional or spiritual effect of the power of the voice, playing with the transformations of identity and meaning.
Melanie Jackson, Take Me To The River: currents of the contemporary, Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan, 25 July – 30 August 2015
Melanie Jackson will present new work The Land of the Eternal Infant as part of the Dojima River Biennale 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Titled Take Me To The River: currents of the contemporary the exhibition will also feature works by Aki Sasamoto, Angus Fairhurst, Hito Steyerl, Melanie Gilligan, Michael Stevenson, Peter Fend, Ryoji Ikeda, Shimabuku, Shitamichi Motoyuki, Simon Fujiwara, Superflex, The Play, Vermeir & Heiremans, Yuken Teruya.
Lindsay Seers’ golf hole for Leisure Land Golf, Venice Biennale features a figurehead, upside down and pregnant being attacked by two enormous snakes. The figure is Princess Salme of Zanzibar daughter of a circassian in the Sultan’s harem. She was made pregnant by a German merchant and was smuggled out of Africa by a British Sea Captain to Europe where she was used as a pawn by the British and German’s in the carving up of East Africa. The golf ball’s journey, up a steep ramp, over a painting of an elongated anamorphic British Naval Captain, runs through the snakes bodies and bounces off a rock with an image of a ‘circassian beauty’ from PT Barnum’s freak show. You should be able to score a hole in one. Participating artists also include: John Akomfrah, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Hetain Patel, Yinka Shonibare, Eyal Weizman and Doug Fishbone.
Roy Voss has been selected for The London Open 2015, the Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial exhibition. A showcase of some of the most dynamic sculpture, painting, performance, moving image, photography, printmaking and many other media being made across the capital in 2015. Manual labour and the ways we work is a theme investigated throughout the exhibition.
Works from Hayley Newman’s series Domestique feature in an exhibition alongside more than 20 women artists, which reflects on the changes in art practice within the context of sexual and gender equality since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) in the UK. From the radical movements of the 1960s and 70s, the politics of the 80s, the boom of lad culture in the 1990s to the current fourth wave of feminism, encouraged largely through and because of social media, all of the artists’ question equality and identity in very different ways. The exhibition presents a snapshot of the evolving conversations that continue to contribute to the mapping of a woman’s place in British society. Body, femininity, sex, motherhood, economic and political status are explored through contemporary film, sculpture, performance and painting.
Mike Nelson, Graphics Interchange Format: 25 Years of Focal Point Gallery, Focal Point Gallery, 18 July – 12 September 2015
Mike Nelson has produced a new animated GIF work for the multi-screen exhibition Graphics Interchange Format: 25 Years of Focal Point Gallery. As part of Focal Point Gallery’s 25th Anniversary, every artist who has exhibited at the gallery has been invited to contribute one or more animated GIF for the project, opening to the public on Saturday 18 July 2015. Produced as a collaboration between Focal Point Gallery and Fraser Muggeridge studio, the GIF collection will form a key part of the gallery’s new website, which will launch in 2016.
Jordan Baseman has been selected by The City of Lincoln and University of Lincoln to undertake a ten month research residency at Lincoln Law School within the College of Social Science. During his time in Lincoln, Jordan will explore how individual liberty and human rights infuse belief systems. He will work with academics, offenders, victims of crime, those who work in the legal system as well as representatives of different faiths in Lincolnshire to explore the individual, power and the law. The Artist in Residence Award is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
Jennet Thomas, THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, 3 July – 22 August 2015
Jennet Thomas’ new solo exhibition THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE, commissioned by Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, centres around an experimental narrative film, of the same name, which will be presented alongside four galleries of thematic installation work and animations. A kind of time-warped folktale, the film follows two women through a bizarre, broken landscape of collapsing signs and imploding meanings on a pilgrimage to the Winter Gardens, Blackpool to cure their green baby. In this fantastic, primitive-future world the characters become entangled in a cargo-cult of Margaret Thatcher and buy a Maggie Doll which spouts quotations when they pull its string. This project explores the idea of the image of Thatcher as an after-burn on the collective memory of our culture. Watch the film trailer here.
In June through to August Anne Bean will be exhibiting new work Malfunction at DZIALDOV, a curatorial project space in Berlin. She will also be presenting a collaborative work Night Chant with Sue Arrowsmith as part of Ashes to Holyland at Lindisfarne Beach, Northumberland on the evening of Sunday 21 June.