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, Cécile 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. 

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