Nothing to Declare is Gerard Hemsworth’s third solo exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, presenting recent works from 2012 to 2015. Nothing to Declare brings together signs and representations of modernist art, alongside and integrated with signs and representations from what seem like cartoon narratives, offering pictorial and ideological oppositions.
David Osbaldeston, The Top & Bottom of It. Mechanism for a Future Reference, Matt’s Gallery (Office), July 2015 – Ongoing
A site-specific installation of moving objects and unstable items embedded within the architecture of 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. Further details and pre-booking information here.
Benedict Drew and Imogen Stidworthy, British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery, 9 October 2015 – 16 January 2016
Benedict Drew and Imogen Stidworthy have been selected for the British Art Show 8, widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, with artists chosen for their significant contribution over the past five years. Imogen will present installation A Crack in the Light, 2013, which was first shown as part of the Bergen Triennale 2013, while Benedict has created new work Sequencer, 2015 specifically for the exhibition. After opening in Leeds, BAS8 will then tour to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton during 2016/17.
This group exhibition aims to explore the phenomenon of ‘The Uncanny Valley’, an emotional response that can be measured when encountering objects that are hyper-real, alongside contributing to the discourse around screen based and digital works, by exploring the aesthetics of the uncanny through computer generated imagery, computer game design, video, photography and kinetic sculpture.
Benedict Drew’s new commission for Art on the Underground, titled de-re-touch, will be on display on digital screens across the London Underground network from November 2015. Playing with the language of advertising, the work has been created in direct response to London Underground’s unique public environment and will be embedded amongst the cycle of real adverts displayed on the Underground’s digital screens. It will be accompanied by an electronic and experimental audio piece piece comprised of ten tracks, available to download for free from the Art on the Underground website.
Imogen Stidworthy’s video installation Sacha, 2011 is currently on show as part of The School of Kyiv, the 2015 edition of the Kyiv Biennial in Ukraine.
New publication, Another Green World: Linn Botanic Gardens – Encounters with a Scottish Arcadia, is artist Alison Turnbull and writer Philip Hoare’s lyrical portrait of the unique Linn Botanic Gardens. Conceived and compiled by Turnbull, this artist’s book captures the beauty and spirit of Linn. Hoare’s text and Turnbull’s photographs, drawings, and charts, complemented by photography by Ruth Clark, lead us through the garden and the Victorian house. Completing the publication are texts by ecologist Ian Edwards and Jamie Taggart’s list of every species in the garden. The publication has been launched at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where it is accompanied by an exhibition of drawings, prints and photographs by Alison Turnbull, on display until January 2016.
Mike Nelson presents new work A7 (Route du Soleil), 2015 as part of Modern Life, the 13th edition of La Biennale de Lyon Art, curated by Ralph Rugoff. This is the second in a series of sculptural works that utilise blown out tyres gathered from the major arteries of primary cities across the world. The first, entitled M6 after the British motorway that passes through the industrial city of Birmingham, was realised at Eastside Projects in 2013; the remnants of tyres scattered across a 40 ton slab of concrete were viewed only from the walkway that ran around its periphery. Here in Lyon, rudimentary cages have been constructed to incorporate cast concrete slabs upon which the tyres are elevated, and displayed to create a landscape that allows the viewer to move amongst the debris.
Jordan Baseman’s video work July the Twelfth 1984, 2003/2014 will be shown as part of Freedom Lies, a series of exhibitions and events which aim to create a contemporary discussion around themes raised by Magna Carta, inspired by its 800th anniversary. July the Twelfth formed part of Baseman’s first show don’t stop ’til you get enough at Matt’s Gallery in 2005, and has since been entirely re-made for solo show Nobody Likes Us But We Don’t Care at Kunstverein Freiburg, 2014.
Jordan Baseman’s new work Veil, 2015 has been selected for the 5th Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which this year will take place across the city of York.
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 presents 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 has choreographed 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.
The exhibition, guest curated by Yvette van Caldenborgh, is inspired by the Venice Biennale, the oldest exhibition of contemporary art in Europe. The selected artists are each currently representing their county at the Biennale, including Graham Fagen whose solo presentation at the Scottish Pavilion in Venice continues to 22 November 2015.
Matthew Tickle, Unsensed, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, until 12 December 2015
Matthew Tickle’s What the eye can’t see the heart can’t grieve for (2004) will feature in a group exhibition at The Hatton Gallery, which attempts to reveal the unseen and unnoticed facets of our everyday environment. First presented at Queen Mary University in 2004, What the eye… is an artwork developed by Tickle in collaboration with theoretical physicist, Dr Fay Dowker, which lit up the interior spaces of buildings, in time to the firing of Geiger counters triggered by background radiation.
Nathaniel Mellors, Alfred Jarry Archipelago : La valse des pantins – Acte II, Centre d’art Contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, France, 18 October 2015 — 14 February 2016
Nathaniel Mellors will be showing animatronic sculpture, The Object (Ourhouse), 2010 and video works Giant Bum – Stage 1 (Rehearsal) and Giant Bum – Stage 2 (Theatre) as part of group exhibition Alfred Jarry Archipelago, which also features works by Mike Kelly, Tala Madani and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd amongst others.
Exhibition Speech Acts showcases work by the American artist Matt Mullican and the British-Australian artist Richard Grayson, whose practices explore systems of knowledge and the performative aspects of language. Curator Wes Hill has conceived of the two person show as a forum for considering the artists’ performative approach to text and language-based art. For the exhibition Grayson will present new video projection Cosmic Jokes.
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. 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.
The Serpentine presents an exhibition by Jimmie Durham, an artist, poet, essayist and political activist, whose career spans five decades. This major survey show at the Serpentine Gallery highlights Jimmie Durham’s multi-dimensional practice, including sculpture, drawing and film. Alongside new sculptures and key installations, the exhibition will show a group of early works that have never been exhibited in the UK.