Monday, 27 September 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
“Sing Silent Songs, they dream too long, their memories just stare”
Internal and external worlds of childhood daydreaming and flights of fancy are inspiration for this show. The title comes from Scott Walkers 1968 surreal song ‘Plastic Palace People’ which describes the imaginary ascent of Billy, seemingly propelled by a balloon tied to his underwear.
The show mirrors the mood and trajectory of the song, beginning with Matthew’s paintings. They evoke personal narratives and memory, set indoors in simple domestic environments, these moments of quiet reverie and reflection. The subjects are solitary, silent, their minds elsewhere.
Paul’s painted dreamscapes go on to describe a dark whimsy, near abstractions of forgotten memories, places and dreams. The landscapes seem continually on the brink of collapse and regeneration.
Wendy’s wax sculptures explore the transition between childhood and becoming an adult. The relationship between children and dolls, and children and adults/ their future selves inspire uncanny manifestations.
David’s cabinets are inspired by furniture owned by parents and grandparents during his childhood. The teak finish and curved shape combine and confuse seventies and thirties styles, producing familiar but mysterious objects.
Monday, 13 September 2010
The Rea Garden is an amazing exhibition space in Digbeth, Birmingham. Comprising of a triangle outdoor plot of land Behind Closed Doors have run a successful rolling programme of guest shows and residencies in this space for 3 years. TROVE even held a show there this time last year, Family Fun Day. To celebrate Behind Closed Doors are exhibiting a retrospective of activity in The Rea Garden at Solihull Art Complex. It is a great show, not just because a.a.s. and TROVE have a piece in it, but also because it provides an insight into the space, the work that has been shown there and also demonstrates the care and hard work Behind Closed Doors have put into the garden as well as the quality of shows that have taken place there. The retrospective is not because the space is closing, rather it is a celebration of what was and shows a potential for what it could become.
The official blurb goes like this:
The Rea Garden have been invited to hold an exhibition based on the project space at The Solihull Arts Complex. The exhibition will be part documentation part archive and visual history of the subtle and more pronounced changes of the space over the past 3 years. It is also a document of the creative process and the artwork, some of which has been re-situated in the gallery. The exhibition is a brief history of the site so far…….
Artists taking part in the exhibition -
Arlene Burnett, Paul Newman, Leon Trimble, Jamie Fowkes, Helen Grundy, Anne Guest, Project Pigeon, The Family, Hannah Hull, Claudia Borgna, Brigid Mc Leer and current artist in residence at The Rea Garden Graham Dunning.
It's on until the 9th October at The Solihull Arts Complex
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Have an idea for an exhibition or event that could take place at TROVE?