Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Culture Show at Curzon Street

The first of the two TROVE exhibitions in October 2011 was Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture.  This show was co-curtaed with Minnie Weis Studio (MWS) and BBC's The Culture Show came and filmed it for part of a story on Birmingham's art scene which aired in October 2011. 

Here are some pics of them filming on site and below is a pic of the DVDs I just received off them and then there is a clip from BBC's The Culture Show featuring TROVE and MWS's 'Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture' group exhibition at Curzon Street Station, Birmingham.





video

courtesy of BBC and The Culture Show.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

December at mac

mac birmingham have got some great visual arts treats on over Christmas! Upstairs in the main gallery you've got Their Wonderlands - which is an incredible show, while downstairs you've got two brill exhibitions.

The first is Outrageous Fortunes - a Hayward Touring show curated by Andy Hunt of Focal Point Gallery where 78 contemporary artists have reinterpreted classic tarot cards.





The second on the ground floor is Four Tragic Tales by Stewart Easton curated by Trevor Pitt.  The pieces are beautiful illustrations and stitched story boards of tragic and heartwarming tales, just lovely.






Friday, 9 December 2011

Sneak peek inside the Library of Birmingham

Today I was really lucky and got to throw on a hard hat for a little behind the scenes tour of the new Library of Birmingham build.  Here are some sneaky peek pictures from my walk around >











Thursday, 8 December 2011

WUNDERKAMMER at TROVE - photos


Jessica Brouder
Neck hole, 2009 / Black bin bag. Series of 15 

Andrea Winkler
Everything that I've done today, 2010 / Feather boa, wool, bells, jewelry, button, paper, confetti 

Alexander Heaton
Bird Wolpertinger, 2010 / Oil on Linen, 35x35cm 

Juan Bethancurth
Untitled, 2010 / Spoon and hair 

Liz Fletcher
Self Portrait, 2009 / Chewed chewing gum, black paint, silver 

Julian Eicke 
Norne. 2010 / 2 piece suit worn by Elly Clarke at Wunderkammer opening in Berlin on April 22nd, 2010 / Black and white photograph, 7” x 5” 

Vajra Spook
Asymmetrical Warfare (Cups), 2008, c-print 

Kym Ward
Ephemera (bar of soap) from performance Die Scheiss Ideologie deiner Nation at Clarke Gallery, 2010 

Anna-Myga Kasten
Untitled, 2010 / Rubber, foam, pins 

Terry Piercey
Prepared Music Box, 2007 

Christian Sievers 
Futurologic Tie, 2009 / Scotchlite TM 

Sophia New and Dan Belasco / plan b
Three year Drawings, Wrangelkiez & Taborstrasse 14A, Berlin, 2007-2009 / Ink jet on acid free rag paper 

E Louise Wachler
"24 variations" #7, 2010, Ultrachrome print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper, 6x12

Daniel Sailsbury
Jealous?, 2011 

Sparrow + Castice
Mulled Wine, 2011 / Dissolvable mulled wine sweets and performance




Elly Clarke
Slide show by… Andy Field  / Forth in series of live slide shows of 51 slides by Elly Clarke. 




Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Sneak peek at WUNDERKAMMER at TROVE

WUNDERKAMMER at TROVE opens tomorrow. It is a project curated by Elly Clarke, Director of Clarke Gallery, Berlin. 

Here's the blurb >
Private view: 6-8.30pm Thursday 8th December 2011
with A Slide Show by… Andy Field at 6.30pm
Exhibition then open on specific days & by appointment until 30th December

12 months on from its last presentation at Franklin Furnace in New York, Clarke Gallery is honoured to unpack the contents of WUNDERKAMMER once again, this time at TROVE in Birmingham, UK.

Translating as Cabinet of Curiosities, WUNDERKAMMER is a travelling show of fifteen small works by artists from Germany, the UK, Canada and the USA that grows and changes as it goes. Incorporating sculpture, photography, painting, (a new) ‘smart phone-dependent art’ (piece by Daniel Sailsbury) and a live presentation of “A Slide Show by… Andy Field” on the opening night, this is the forth stop WUNDERKAMMER has made. Starting out at Clarke Gallery in Berlin, the exhibition then travelled to Eastern Edge in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and Franklin Furnace in New York. For this presentation at TROVE, works by three additional artists are introduced: New York-based Columbian artist Juan Bethancurth (who I met during the last exhibition in NYC), British Birmingham based artist Daniel Sailsbury and Sparrow + Castice, who are providing a special Mulled Wine concoction on the opening night.

Works were selected that not only would fit within the confines of a hand-luggage size Wunderkammer but which also referenced story telling, dealt with the idea of the archive or that were traces of or ephemera from an event or a larger piece. The text for the type-written labels was provided by each artist.

Artists of WUNDERKAMMER in Birmingham are: Juan Bethancurth, Jessica Brouder, Elly Clarke, Julian Eicke, Liz Fletcher, Alexander Heaton, Sophia New and Dan Belasco / plan b, Terry Piercey, Daniel Sailsbury, Christian Sievers, Sparrow + Castice, Vajra Spook, Anna-Myga Kasten, E. Louise Wachler, Kym Ward and Andrea Winkler.


And here's a couple of sneak peek pictures >



Sunday, 4 December 2011

A type of crop circle phenomenon at TROVE

Popped to TROVE today for the last open day of Second star to the right and this is what I found in Newhall Square...



...I thought it was my cheeky TROVEketeers but no! They're our very own crop people type phenomenon. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

WUNDERKAMMER

The TROVE December 2011 exhibition has been curated by Elly Clarke/Clarke Gallery, Berlin.
And here is the info...


W U N D E R K A M M E R  at TROVE, Birmingham
Opening: Thursday 8th December 2011, 6pm-8.30pm
With A Slide Show by… Andy Field at 6.30pm

12 months on from its last presentation at Franklin Furnace in New York, Clarke Gallery is honoured to unpack the contents of WUNDERKAMMER once again, this time at TROVE in Birmingham, UK.

Translating as Cabinet of Curiosities, WUNDERKAMMER is a travelling show of sixteen small works by artists from Germany, the UK, Canada and the USA that grows and changes as it goes.  Incorporating sculpture, photography, painting, (a new) ‘smart phone-dependent art’ (piece by Daniel Sailsbury) and a live presentation of "A Slide Show by... Andy Field” on the opening night, this is the forth stop WUNDERKAMMER has made. Starting out at Clarke Gallery in Berlin the exhibition then travelled to Eastern Edge in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada and Franklin Furnace in New York. For this presentation at TROVE, works by two additional artists are introduced: New York-based Columbian artist Juan Bethancurth (who I met during the last exhibition in NYC) and British Birmingham based artist Daniel Sailsbury.

Works were selected that not only would fit within the confines of a hand-luggage size Wunderkammer but which also referenced story telling, dealt with the idea of the archive or that were traces of or ephemera from an event or a larger piece. The text for the type-written labels was provided by each artist.

WUNDERKAMMER is the first Clarke Gallery exhibition to have travelled beyond the confines of my Berlin apartment, where Clarke Gallery started up. After two years of hosting exhibitions in my space (involving, at different times, sculpture in my bed, performance in my bathroom, video installation in the kitchen, slide shows in my living room; art objects nestling amongst my personal things) – it felt right to branch out and bring the mobility that we as individuals today enjoy, to the gallery. Now, having lived in Birmingham for a year and with plans to find a more permanent setting for Clarke Gallery in the West Midlands, it is a great honour to bring this suitcase of work to TROVE. And also, for the first time, for the exhibition to have so much space to breathe. As well as to be able to remain there for a few weeks.

Artists of WUNDERKAMMER in Birmingham are: Juan Bethancurth, Jessica Brouder, Elly Clarke, Julian Eicke, Liz Fletcher, Alexander Heaton, Sophia New and Dan Belasco / plan b, Terry Piercey, Daniel Sailsbury, Christian Sievers, Vajra Spook, Anna-Myga Kasten, E. Louise Wachler, Kym Ward and Andrea Winkler.

All work is for sale. Sales will make room for new work to be accommodated by artists from each place visited and, crucially, help fund its ongoing journey.

For further updates on WUNDERKAMMER and other Clarke Gallery activities, please sign up to the Clarke Gallery mailing list and check out the website for photos. You can also find us on Facebook. Next exhibition is The Mobility Project, which is showing at The Meter Room in Coventry, opening 19th January 2012. 


Monday, 28 November 2011

Their Wonderlands

Earlier this year TROVE opened its doors to art duo, They Are Here.  Now, mac birmingham has done the same, and they have curated the amazing The Wonderlands.  I have curatorial jealousy with this show, its brilliant, and the couple of nods towards TROVE are lovely - these include the use of torches and an amazingly beautiful silver plated cobweb, this is a replica of one Elkington once made - TROVE is situated in the original Elkington Metal Plating Factory in the world.

Here's the blurb -> 

Their Wonderlands is an international group exhibition, curated by multi-disciplinary collective They Are Here. Contemporary artists have been drawn together to explore the space given to make-believe and folklore in post-industrial 21st century European society.  While the journeys that have led to the creation of these works may be personal or autobiographical in tone, they often evoke fairytales, children's literature and the surreal worlds of Studio Ghibli's animations.  Inspired by the essay In Praise of Shadows (1933) by Japanese writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, the exhibition exists in darkness. You will be invited to select a torch on entry to discover works embedded in a cardboard labyrinth, designed by renowned and seminal architect Yona Friedman.

Exhibiting artists: Alice Anderson, Ayo & Oni Oshodi, Blanch & Shock, Caleb Morrison, Edward Wakefield, Catherine Hyland, C├ęcile Azoulay, Corinne Felgate, Eloise Fornieles, Emma Hart, Emma Rendel, Helen Walker, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Kate Rowles, Mathew Sawyer, Melanie Wilson, Michael Allen & Daniel Schwitzer, Reka Reisinger, Susanne Ludwig, They Are Here and Yona Friedman.

The show was accompanied by some great performances on the launch night, including Edward Wakefield, who put on his Captain Ed hat and performed throughout the evening.



And Blanch & Shock served bits of food on toothbrushes.