Monday, 31 October 2011

The Birds at St Pauls

Last week I went to see the classic Hitchcock movie, The Birds, at St. Paul's Church in the Jewellery Quarter - it was a great venue to see the film, which was funnier than I remember it being...

It felt quite odd drinking Jameson whisky (who sponsored/organised the event) and eating hotdogs and popcorn in a church - but I really enjoyed it!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Non obsolescence - launch

Non obsolescence

Curated by Charlie Levine, TROVE
in association with Hereford Photography Festval

Photographic techniques have rapidly changed within the last century; the immediacy of the digital plus its accessibility to the everyman has made everyone  ‘photographer.’

But what about the essence of ‘catching/recording light’?

Camera obscura’s by Minnie Weisz, collodion wet plate techniques by Jo Gane, film and chemical printing by Matthew Andrew; these formats changed the world, revolutionized documentation and altered our perceptions of life and truth. These artists represent how our views of the world changed, and these artists represent a reason why the everyman photographer should ‘go home.’

TROVE plan chest

TROVEs latest plan chest exhibition highlights original photographic technologies and emphasizes the fact that these techniques will not disappear with the ever-growing popularity of the digital; rather it archives and remembers them.

These authentic photographic methods are currently being used by contemporary artists and include collodion, camera obscura, film and chemical photography, cyanotypes and stereogram’s. 

 Charlie Levine
 Craig Marchington
 Minnie Weisz
(image removed)
Finally Jaime Jackson did another outdoor projection using clips from Departures Arrivals - his piece from the launch of Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture - this time with Dan Brown

Friday, 28 October 2011

More of The Event

It is hard when you are involved in a festival like The Event to go out and see it - so instead I sent a couple of the Troveketeers (otherwise known as my fabulous TROVE gallery assistants) and this is what they thought...

Alan Curralls work, he had a selection of 4 single channel video works produced between 1995 and 2004. This was my favourite work at this show. Witty, engaging and honest.A very intimate feel.

This image (below) is a piece of film called CGI by Giuseppe Mistretta. It showed the managing committee of David Dale Gallery & Studios making non sensical noises to communicate, pasting, rolling up and eating post it notes and other childlike, playfull, animalistic ramblings. This is what it says in the blurb ' Mistretta is attracted to the sounds of words that don't make sense, the look of the moon in the daytime and the similarities between humans and animals'. This was my second favourite piece ( a very close second). Very amusing.

While Sophie Bancroft went to Ego (de)construct at Minerva Works and Eastside Projects - check out what she thought on her blog here...

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Non obsolescence - install

Yesterday I was at DownStairs Gallery in Hereford installing the latest TROVE exhibition, Non obsolescence .  Matthew, Jo and Minnie (the 3 photographers in the show) were all there too which made for a very nice day out indeed.  The show opens this Saturday 5-8pm.

Us on the roof at Great Brampton House

And inside Great Brampton House, DownStairs Gallery is in the basement! 

Monday, 24 October 2011

A few others at The Event

I haven't been able to get to all of the other The Event events yet...but these are the ones I have seen and liked!

The aas performance on the launch night was brilliant, just brilliant! by far one of the best things at this years festival - it was a 5 hour long sound performance dedicated to the sacred drone of Samekhmem.
Follow this project blog HERE

I really liked this piece at Eastside Projects too

The Crowd 6 exhibition The Infinite Combinatorium: Part 1 has been the most talked about by people coming through Curzon Street Station as the 'must see' exhibition in the festival - 
and it is easy to see why!

And Crowd 6's gallery neighbour - SLICE's B42 project.  I do like a print multiple and this show has a lot of them!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

departures,arrivals - Jaime Jackson

Here a little video of Jaime Jackson's amazing projection from the launch night of Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture

TROVE and Minnie Weisz Studio present - 
Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture
Curzon Street Station, Birmingham

A group show looking into the themes of mechanics, art machines and whimsical sculpture inspired by machines.  This exhibition is part of The Event 2011.

Robert Jacobsen