Tenure as Visual Art Programme Manager: May 2011 – present date
Sat 25 Jun 2011 – Sun 11 Sep 2011
Constellations presents a series of artworks that reflect impermanence, ephemerality and movement. At the core of the exhibition is the idea of a constellation not as something fixed, but an organic, evolving grouping with chaos and chance at its core.
Each of the four artists featured in Constellations are interested in notions of fluidity and flux, with many of the works changing and evolving over time to create an exhibition that is different on each occasion it is seen. Together the works form a collection of ideas, which circulate and flow within an overall constellation.
Highlights of the exhibition include Kitty Kraus’s Untitled, a hauntingly beautiful work in which ice coloured black with ink melts on the gallery floor leaving behind pools of murky liquid that spread in strangely beautiful patterns around which viewers must make their way; and the first UK showing of Katie Paterson’s 100 Billion Suns, a confetti cannon which will be fired once daiy blasting out 3216 pieces of paper, the colours of which correspond to Gamma Ray bursts – the brightest explosions in the universe.
Magda Archer: Crazy Mad
Sun 26 Jun 2011 – Sun 7 Aug 2011
Crazy Mad is a solo painting show by British artist Magda Archer, presenting a cross section of works made from her home studio over the last decade. Inspired by her vast collection of paraphernalia from the 1950s onwards – sweet jars, biscuit tins, toys and other ephemera – her playful yet dark paintings straddle a surreal-pop kitsch sensibility. For Crazy Mad, alongside her paintings, Archer installed a replica of her studio with all the trimmings, which she describes as ‘a beautiful cosy grotto’. Amongst the acidic sugar coated colour palette of Archer’s paintings there are often distinctive typefaces, reminiscent of sweet wrappers, comics, annuals and B movie posters.
Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson.
Rashid Rana: Everything Is Happening At Once
Sat 1 Oct 2011 – Sun 18 Dec 2011
The first major UK public solo show from Rashid Rana, widely considered to be the most prominent and original contemporary artist working in South Asia today. Including new and recent work that cuts across conventional notions of the scale and status of the photographic object, opening up its potential to represent cultural, social and physical realities.The works in this exhibition, spanning 1992 to the present, blur the divide between two and three-dimensional forms to challenge the viewer’s understanding of the world in which they live. Photo sculptures, large-scale photo mosaics, installations and new video work subvert perception of size and structure and urge us to look deeper into the relationship between the fragment and the bigger picture.
Curated by Alnoor Mitha, Director Shisha & ATM11, and Sarah Perks, Cornerhouse Programme & Engagement Director. Presented with the support of Lisson Gallery.