19.10.2013

Des Hughes at Ancient & Modern

Des Hughes, Armature
10 October – 23 November 2013

201 Whitecross Street
EC1Y 8QP

“A finger had poked its way out of the drain-hole
in the basin. A human finger. For a moment it froze, as if aware it had been discovered. Then it began to move again, feeling its wormlike way around the pink porcelain.”1

ANCIENT & MODERN presents Des Hughes’ first exhibition in the gallery since his solo presentation at Frieze artfair in 2010. With new groups of sculptures that include grinning charcoaled apples, traditional cross-stitch and his distinctive cast resin sculptures mimicing their original sources, Hughes continues to have at its heart a wry humour often manifest in his use of words in watercolours and now thread, combined with a thorough immersion into the traditional materials of sculpture.

A robust sense of imagery recalls classic British horror with a tender acknowledgement of 20th century modernist canon while reimagining a pre-romantic and more medieval moment,whose sombre world view was of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death.

Des Hughes (b.1970) will have a solo exhibition at Hepworth Museum, Wakefield in 2014.
He recently curated ‘Everything’s Inevitable‘ from the collections at Manchester Art Gallery in association with a major acquisition by the museum. He is currently exhibiting at Galerie Buchmann, Berlin and this summer showed in the Artist’s House and gardens of New Art Centre, Salisbury.

“A finger had poked its way out of the drain-hole in the basin. A human finger. For a moment it froze, as if aware it had been discovered. Then it began to move again, feeling its wormlike way around the pink porcelain.”1
16.07.2013

Ben Rivers awarded one of the first two Open commissions.

Artangel and BBC Radio 4 are delighted to announce that Katrina Palmer and Ben Rivers have been awarded the first two Open commissions.

Their proposals were chosen from over 1500 submissions by a panel including Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Radio 4’s Arts Commissioning Editor Tony Phillips, and artists Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns.

Katrina Palmer’s new project will excavate an undisclosed place in England through writing and installation. An artist of exceptional promise, she is the author of The Dark Object, a series of connected stories about power relations in a fictional art school. Her Open project for Artangel and BBC Radio 4 will be her most ambitious to date.

In his films and installations, Ben Rivers dwells on subjects at the margins of society and builds poetic narratives that ebb and flow between documentary and fiction. His first feature-length film, Two Years At Sea, was presented at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011 and at the London Film Festival.

Measure worked with Ben on the On Overgrown Paths touring project in 2008-10. Click here for the project page.

Artangel and BBC Radio 4 are delighted to announce that Katrina Palmer and Ben Rivers have been awarded the first two Open commissions. Their proposals were chosen from over 1500 […]
28.06.2013

Verity-Jane Keefe, The Mobile Museum

An Arts Council England funded art project by Verity-Jane Keefe.

Coming soon to housing estates in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, launching summer 2013.

A 2001 Ford Iveco Mobile Library is being converted into a Mobile Museum living archive for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Previously the Roam London vehicle, this project has purchased and brought the library back to creative use in East London.

Looking at methods of classification, through commonplace library, museum and archiving standards, a museum collection will be made. The collection will seek to offer a new reimagined insight into contemporary Barking and Dagenham and it’s place within wider London and the Thames Gateway.

A route is being devised to cover 11 housing estates. A series of making workshops and events will be hosted at the vehicle by Verity-Jane Keefe and invited makers and experts. The Museum will be filled with the results of these workshops and found, deposited, mythologised and made objects and ephemera.

Contemporary cultural activity across the borough will be documented, mapped and deposited in the collection. From galleries, to photographyclubs, reading groups, knitting circles and jigsaw making clubs. All will be classified creating a new cultural taxonomy and map of the area.

An accompanying series of fanzines will be produced and distributed, one for each participating estate.

For further information or if you’d like to participate, contact Verity at: hello@verityjanekeefe.co.uk

www.themobilemuseum.co.uk

An Arts Council England funded art project by Verity-Jane Keefe, coming to housing estates in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
26.06.2013

Frances Scott

And I understood him then to be a kind of custodian, not just of the friary, somehow imagined deep below, but for time itself, time as a kind of space, that opened up here twice a day.

This space opened like a hole in the earth. It revealed everything that came before it, and came after it, everything spilling out into the now.

Extract from The Black Friar (2013)

The Black Friar is a new short film work by Frances Scott presented as part of the group exhibition Every Bird Brings a Different Melody to the Garden, curated by Amy Botfield and Robert Dowling.

No Format, London, 15 June – 6 July.

Exhibition details www.adifferentmelody.org

The Black Friar is a new short film work by Frances Scott presented as part of the group exhibition <em>Every Bird Brings a Different Melody to the Garden</em>, curated by Amy Botfield and Robert Dowling.
08.03.2013

Duncan Whitley, Sbarbi’s Arrow.

Exhibition: Friday 22 March – Sunday 5th May 2013. Thursday – Sunday 2-6pm
Late Opening: Thursdays 6-8pm and other times by informal appointment
Opening: Thursday 21 March 2013, 7-9pm RSVP
Associated events programme: 23 March – 22 April 2013

Measure has been working with Duncan on his ongoing Holy Week project since 58 Processions exhibition in 2008. For his solo show at SoundFjord, Measure co-designed the installation with the artist and built the exhibition at the gallery.

SoundFjord is delighted to announce its inaugural commission, Sbarbi’s Arrow, an exhibition by Duncan Whitley, produced specifically for SoundFjord’s gallery space. Themes within Whitley’s work will be developed through a full programme of events taking place along side the exhibition.

Sbarbi’s Arrow is the first major creative output of Whitley’s study of the saeta flamenca, a form of flamenco prayer, sung to the religious images of the Catholic Easter processions in Andalucia. The exhibition has been commissioned to coincide with the movable feast of Lent and Easter.

The title refers to an 1880 text by José María Sbarbi in which he describes the saeta as “a brief, fervent spiritual maxim, capable of producing in the mind an impression similar to that caused in the body by the wound from an arrow… capable, not of riddling the heart of the most hardened or indifferent sinner with arrows, but of giving a dead man gooseflesh.” Whitley searches for traces of Sbarbi’s metaphorical arrow within his self-reflexive investigations in contemporary ethnography, extending the metaphor from flamenco song to processes of recording, memory and playback.

During the celebrations, Whitley will undertake further fieldwork in Seville. By sending back images and text from ‘the field’ to the gallery space (which will be available for the public to peruse), Whitley will attempt to create a flow of ideas between the installed gallery work – a new video animation (duration: 23:00) by the artist, in which sound and space characteristically play a driving force – its moving images and sounds, and contemporaneously collected images, and texts.

Whitley’s work in ‘sensuous ethnography’, explores territories between ethnographic filmmaking, sound installation and soundscape. His investigations are complex, drawing on numerous themes, including: the notion of performer and performance space or context; the differences between human and the recorded voice; a sense of belonging and community; the documentation and contextualisation of ethnographic practices through a variety of media and curatorial methodologies.

For more information please visit: SoundFjord

<strong>Exhibtion extended until the 5th May. </strong>

Exhibition: Friday 22 March - Sunday 5th May 2013. Thursday - Sunday 2-6pm
Late Opening: Thursdays 6-8pm and other times by informal appointment 
Opening: Thursday 21 March 2013, 7-9pm RSVP 
Associated events programme: 23 March - 22 April 2013

Measure has been working with Duncan on his ongoing Holy Week project since 58 Processions exhibition in 2008. Duncan's solo show Sbarbi's Arrow is SoundFjord's inaugural commission, Measure co-designed the installation with the artist and built the exhibition at the gallery.

Sbarbi's Arrow is the first major creative output of Whitley's study of the saeta flamenca, a form of flamenco prayer, sung to the religious images of the Catholic Easter processions in Andalucia. The exhibition has been commissioned to coincide with the movable feast of Lent and Easter.
21.11.2012

You are invited to participate in an artist led walk – Verity-Jane Keefe

From Wood Street Library down the east side of wood street towards Whipps Cross and then back down towards the Plaza.

Verity-Jane Keefe is commissioned to make a new moving image work about Wood Street. In essence, it will be a portrait of a place, looking very closely at the physical fabric of the area as it is now, whilst acknowledging what used to be there.

Meeting at 11am on Saturday 24th November, outside Wood Street Library.

To sign up and for more information on the commission please contact Verity at:

hello@verityjankeefe.co.uk

www.verityjanekeefe.tumblr.com

 

From Wood Street Library down the east side of wood street towards Whipps Cross and then back down towards the Plaza.

Verity-Jane Keefe is commissioned to make a new moving image work about Wood Street. In essence, it will be a portrait of a place, looking very closely at the physical fabric of the area as it is now, whilst acknowledging what used to be there.

Meeting at 11am on Saturday 24th November, outside Wood Street Library.

To sign up and for more information on the commission please contact Verity at:

hello@verityjankeefe.co.uk

www.verityjanekeefe.tumblr.com
12.10.2012

Alan Kane and Simon Periton – ‘eight fculptures’ at Frieze 2012 Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012 has been selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Measure  produced the installation of Alan and Simon’s work ‘eight fculptures’ for the sculpture park.  It was originally commissioned by the National Trust for the project the Garden of Reason at Ham House & Garden, Richmond.

Dazed’s visual arts editor, Francesca Gavin wrote: ‘…this installation of sculpture on playful pastel plinths was sheer genius. Alan Kane is better known for collaborating with Jeremy Deller on the Folk Archive show, but had been working with Simon Periton for Frieze. From punk cut outs to a fibreglass mannequin to Greco-Roman copies – this was like a potted history of sculpture throughout the ages. And bloody fun.’

In 2012 the following artists’ work were exhibited in the Sculpture Park:
Hemali Bhuta / Adip Dutta / Sam Falls / Hans Josephsohn / Alan Kane and Simon Periton / Yayoi Kusama / Sean Landers / Michael Landy / Peter Liversidge / Andreas Lolis / Jean-Luc Moulène / David Nash / Damián Ortega / Anri Sala / Thomas Scheibitz / William Turnbull / Maria Zahle

The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012 has been selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Measure  produced the installation of Alan and Simon's work for the sculpture park.  It was originally commissioned by the National Trust for the project the Garden of Reason at Ham House & Garden, Richmond.

Dazed's visual arts editor, Francesca Gavin wrote: '...Alan Kane is better known for collaborating with Jeremy Deller on the Folk Archive show, but had been working with Simon Periton for Frieze. From punk cut outs to a fibreglass mannequin to Greco-Roman copies - this was like a potted history of sculpture throughout the ages. And bloody fun.'
16.09.2012

A Possible Lifestyle – Verity-Jane Keefe

“A Possible Lifestyle” is a new moving image work by verity Jane-Keefe which explores the town of Melksham via it’s walking routes and a script of fact and fiction narrated by a local resident. It will be screened in an empty house within the new development to
the east of the town on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2012.

Verity has spent a period of intense research in Melksham, scratching the surface to try and unpick the town’s character through it’s architecture, it’s residents and it’s history. She has worked with Phil Smith, an artist and playwright who had previously been commissioned to carry out research into the town to inform this project’s brief. Using five well used walking routes, a script has been developed that turns each route into an act in a play, navigating the landscape through a mixture of fact, folklore, local mythology, local encounters and archival research. Residents of the town feature as narrator to compliment the main protagonist, the landscape both social and physical.

Verity organised a series of artist led walks through the town in the spring with residents of the town. For the open house weekend, she will again lead walks on both Saturday and Sunday, leaving from the Art House Cafe at 11am. These walks present the opportunity for informal conversation surrounding the project and participants relationship to public space and the town.
The film will be screened to both an invited and incidental audience passing by.

Plot 93
45 Thyme Road
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 7FX

Opening night Friday 28th September 2012 6.30 – 9.00pm & Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th drop in between 12 – 5.00pm

Artist led walks at 11am on Saturday and Sunday from the Art House Cafe at Melksham Market Place, SN12 6ES. Please RSVP to indicate you will be joining and on which day.

The address is a new development so therefore will not work on Google maps. Thyme Road can be found off Snowberry lane which has been ex- tended into a new link road around the eastern edge of the development.

For more information contact:
hello@verityjanekeefe.co.uk
www.verityjanekeefe.tumblr.com

“A Possible Lifestyle” is a new moving image work by Verity Jane-Keefe which explores the town of Melksham via it’s walking routes and a script of fact and fiction narrated by a local resident. Verity has spent a period of intense research in Melksham, scratching the surface to try and unpick the town’s character through it’s architecture, it’s residents and it’s history.
16.08.2012

THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES: Distance Readers

Frances Scott has been commissioned by b-side Festival to produce a new work, THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES, a host for a constellation of micro ‘episodes’ to be broadcast in Portland and Weymouth, between July and September 2012. The programme comprises four recorded narratives – Distance Readers – transmitted as film on screens at regular intervals throughout the day. A ‘distance reader’ is a term used within the context of card-sharping and the act of marking cards to cheat. It is the defocusing of the eyes to spot fluid residue marks on an opponent’s distant cards. The content for each Distance Reader draws loosely on this history, and on systems for a hypnotic induction, gaming instructions, and the shipping forecast. At the centre of the film is a game, in which four winds – East, South, West, and North – are indicated as players and oracles. They are protagonists within a speculative fiction, in which the playing of the game might pre-empt the space beyond it, predicting the future as a series of present events.

The Players: Diane Allan, Jenni Fleming, Susan Fuller, Yvonne Wilcox
The Dreamer: Tim Spooner
Camera and editing: Lucy Cash, Frances Scott, Duncan Whitley

With thanks to: The U3A Mah Jong Group, Weymouth; R. Paveley Tailors, Fortuneswell, Portland; Larry Walker and Trinity House, Portland Bill Lighthouse; Fossil Beach, St. Mary Street, Weymouth; Sea View Chinese Restaurant, Weymouth; and Charles Carter, Dorset County Council.

Frances Scott has been commissioned by b-side Festival to produce a new work, THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES, a host for a constellation of micro 'episodes' to be broadcast in Portland and Weymouth, between July and September 2012.
19.04.2012

Ben Rivers, Phantoms of a Libertine

21 Apr – 26 May 2012

Phantoms of a Libertine is Ben Rivers’ second exhibition at Kate MacGarry and features a new 10 minute, 16mm film and a series of black and white photographs.

Glamorous destinations are hand-scrawled in ink beside black and white photographs: Acapulco, Haifa, Marseille, New York. Fragments of fading figures are taped to the yellowing pages of the album. This was a life documented and remembered, but the man who made the album departed a year ago. Now his flat sits silent and heavy, crammed with animistic artefacts, books, collages of broken stone figures, collected and created over decades spent travelling the world for Time & Life Magazine. The photo albums are fragile and threaten to fall apart, the talismans are removed from their intended rituals, the dust is more dominant, more all-consuming, than the sense of a living present. Since the departure of its occupant, the flat has become a museum, rather than a mausoleum, a shrine to what has past.

Ben Rivers was a friend of the anonymous subject of this brand new body of work, which transforms tokens of experience into a series of clues to a mystery that must remain unsolved. History is made by how it is classified, organized, and recorded; here the artist assumes control over what Michel Foucault deemed “the order of things.” Inspired partly by Marcel Broadthaers’ Voyage On The North Sea(1974), Rivers uses 16mm film to archive the found-imagery of an elusive biography. While Rivers’ recent work has focused on individuals and communities within hermetic or utopian worlds, here he revisits themes of his earlier works, such as House (2005/7), which illuminate the power of deserted space. Neither morbid nor sentimental, Rivers’ narrative flickers into view and then disperses, as thick and opaque as the clouds of dust that fill the atmosphere of the empty flat. Both cryptic and startling, combining fictional elements with documentary content, focusing on the detail rather than the panorama of a life, the film, photos and objects are an exploration into what is left behind.

Measure worked with Ben on the touring exhibition On Overgrown Paths.

www.katemacgarry.com

21 Apr - 26 May 2012

Phantoms of a Libertine is Ben Rivers' second exhibition at Kate MacGarry and features a new 10 minute, 16mm film and a series of black and white photographs.