Matt’s Gallery, London. Artists’ News – February 2016
Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore the Absurdity of Life
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 6 February – 4 June 2016
In 2014, Nathaniel Mellors, in partnership with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery was the recipient of the Contemporary Art Society Award enabling him to create his most ambitious film to date, Ourhouse, Ep.-1: Time. The absurdist drama, which is shot in various locations around Preston, features a family who inhabit Preston’s iconic, Brutalist bus station — and find themselves inhabited by Neanderthals after Charles ‘Daddy’ Maddox-Wilson (Richard Bremmer) announces his imminent celebrity. Charles has invented a revolutionary new theory of time — but the family’s subsequent attempts a t time-travel see them duped, cannibalised and trapped inside a permanent present.
Ourhouse, Ep.-1: Time. will be shown as part of a group exhibition, Nothing Happens, Twice of national and international artists that includes film works, sculpture and painting and 6 commissions.
States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness
Wellcome Collection, London, 4 February – 28 April 2016
Imogen Stidworthy’s The Whisper Heard (2003), first shown at Matt’s Gallery in 2003, will be presented as part of a series of installations at the Wellcome Collection. Contrasting the language acquisition of a young child with that of a stroke patient with aphasia, The Whisper Heard explores language, meaning and identity.
Hospitalfield, Arbroath, 19 March – 17 April 2016
In March, Hospitalfield will open a major exhibition of the work of Graham Fagen.
Fagen will reinterpret the body of work he made for his exhibition for Scotland + Venice 2015 for the 56th International Exhibition, Venice Biennale. The original exhibition was made for the four noble rooms of Palazzo Fontana, on the Grand Canal. In Arbroath the exhibition of sculpture, drawing and moving image will be installed, with some changes and additions, in to the lovely and various historic Arts & Crafts rooms of Hospitalfield House.
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 15 January – 3 April 2016
Jordan Baseman’s installation Deadness, a multiple 35mm projection slide show–part lecture, part narrative soundtrack, was first shown at Matt’s Gallery in 2013, as part of a solo show derived from Baseman’s creative non-fiction and interview-based practice, exploring the historical, cultural and sociological relationship between photographic portraiture and embalming. These orphaned images collected through online auctions: casual snap shots and more formal portraits of individuals in their coffins from the early Victorian era to the present day, and will be presented at Open Eye alongside a new body of work by artist Edgar Martin surveying photography, records and suicide.
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