Saturday, 28 April 2012

4 art events on a Friday in Brum: 4 - Horace Panter

Also last night was the launch of Horace Panter's latest works at St Paul's Gallery.  Here are some pic's of his work >




Here's Life in Flashback and Tim Robot Tom checking out all the famous signatures on the grand piano at the gallery...


Finally, Horace and his new band, Blues to go, played some serious blues and rock 'n' roll. (Horace is better known for playing base guitare in The Specials)


4 art events on a Friday in Brum: 3 - Departure Foundation

Boeing Way to Gas Street is an exhibition curated by Departure Foundation, a London arts group, in an amazing modern office space just off Broad Street in Birmingham.

Artists include>
Louise Ashcroft | Georgina Barney | Amelia Beavis-Harrison | Alex Brenchley | Ralph Dorey | Danielle Drainey | Susan Forsyth | Rebecca Glover | Rebecca Gould | Anne Guest | Steve Hines | Fritha Jenkins | Iwan Lewis | Eugene Nyee Macki | Greg Thomas | Rebecca Turner | Sara Twomey | Rich White

Here's the blurb >
A group show of work by artists from our Southall studios, London, and work by artists from in and around Birmingham.
The Grand Union Canal runs alongside the Southall studios at Boeing Way and continues all the way to Gas Street Basin beside the exhibition space.
By using the passage of the canal as a curatorial device, the show brings diverse works together to reflect on the relationship between these two major industrial cities in our post-industrial age.
Departure Foundation, 2nd Floor, 22 Gas Street, Birmingham B1 2JT
Exhibition: 27th April - 29th July 2012. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 12 - 4pm

And here's some photographs of the show >

Georgina Barney

Ines Elsa Dalal

the lovely Anne Guest

Iwan Lewis

Louise Ashcroft

Danielle Drainey


Louise Ashcroft (loved this series of short films!)

Eugene Nyee Macki

Susan Forsyth 

Susan Forsyth's ping pong table - that you could play!! 
  

Life in Flashback Vs Amy Kirkham

Me Vs Amy Kirkham

Not sure who the winner was, but it was fun!

4 art events on a Friday in Brum: 2 - ARTicle

The current exhibition at ARTicle Gallery, which can be found at Margaret St, School of Art, BIAD, is by this years AA2A artists, Nikki Pugh, Trevor Pitt, Gene George Earle and Adam Smythe.  Entitled And miles to go before I go sleep ... this group show has two highlights for me courtesy of Nikki and Trevor.

Nikki's 'Possibility probes' - these rolled up sensors map out journeys that people undertook during the opening day of the exhibition with Nikki.  They now just sit upright or lay while clicking and popping at seemingly random intervals.



Trevor's sound booth plays a 70's Bowie-esque record, which has been made from bits of old cassette tape recordings of songs by Trevor himself, compiled in his bedroom when he was a teenager.


Gene-George accompanying wall text to his film

Adam Smythe's monitor & film piece.


4 art events on a Friday in Brum:1 - Edible Eastside

Yesterday morning I popped in to see Cathy Wade at Edible Eastside, an artist allotment space in Digbeth, Birmingham.  Hidden slightly just off Fazeley Street, Edible Eastside is a new artist commune, where tobacco plants, vegetables and flowers are being grown by artists like Cathy, Trevor Pitt, Harun Morrison, and more.  I am looking forward to working with these guys on a project for July 14th 2012 when it will be Edible Eastside's fete launch.

Here are some pic's of the place...






Friday, 27 April 2012

Hans-Peter Feldmann

The Current Serpentine Gallery exhibition is by a favourite of mine, Hans-Peter Feldmann, and the exhibition didn't disappoint.  I loved all the collections, especially the photographs of the contents of a girl's wardrobe, the contents of women's handbags and all the pictures of the Eiffel Tower.   And you can't forget Feldmann's small grey photocopies books, the ones of images of planes in the sky - loved!

But an absolue favourite piece of work is the image below, that I have now seen three times, once at Arnolfini, at the last but one's Venice Biennale, and now here at Serpentine.


And on the way out you could help yourself to a limited edition picture of the Queen as a child, which I liked a lot!



Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Tom Price at mac

The latest exhibition at mac birmingham is by Tom Price entitled Sentinels.  Below are some pics and the blurb about the show.  Check out the beautiful frames that house the projectors and screens - lovely way of showing this work in such a large gallery space.


mac birmingham presents a major solo exhibition of animated works by London-based sculptor Tom Price. With an interest in the minutiae of body language and facial expression, Price crafts and animates a series of clay models which are projected as colossal blinking heads gazing directly past the viewer.
The exhibition features an accompanying publication available to purchase from Sales and Information. Join us at a publication launch event on Tuesday 22 May, 6-8pm.





Monday, 23 April 2012

TROVE call out for toys

TROVE call out for toys
DEADLINE 6th May 2012
Exhibition dates 15th – 23rd June 2012




TROVE is an independent art space in Birmingham, UK, which run a monthly changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions/events.

In June 2012 TROVE, with Antonio Roberts, are hosting an exhibition about toys.  This project leads on from the discovery that the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, where TROVE is based, used to produce more ‘toys’ than jewellery, guns or pens; all things it is now more famously known for producing.  When researching what toys were produced in this area of Birmingham it was discovered that the term ‘toys’ was used to describe items such as buttons, cuff-links and belt buckles. 

With the misinterpretation of the word ‘toys’ TROVE are looking for actual toys, as is the current understanding of the word, that have been altered, hacked, modified or electronically changed, rather than ‘toys’ meaning belt buckles, buttons etc.

TROVE are inviting you to submit examples of your modified toys to:
antonio@hellocatfood.com

Please email Antonio and include:
your CV and a short personal statement
a short description of the work/toys
links to online footage of the toy is available
max 6 photographs of the toy/s you are proposing

Notes for application:
please make sure you can deliver and collect your toys from TROVE; 11th/12th June for drop off and 24th June for collection.
we will only be accepting applications where toys are battery powered


For further info please contact Antonio on the above email address.
The deadline for submissions is 6th May 2012

www.TROVE.org.uk

TROVE call out for toy films

TROVE call out for short films based on toys
DEADLINE 6th May 2012
Exhibition dates 15th – 23rd June 2012




TROVE is an independent art space in Birmingham, UK, which run a monthly changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions/events.

In June 2012 TROVE, with Antonio Roberts, are hosting an exhibition about toys.  This project leads on from the discovery that the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, where TROVE is based, used to produce more ‘toys’ than jewellery, guns or pens; all things it is now more famously known for producing.  When researching what toys were produced in this area of Birmingham it was discovered that the term ‘toys’ was used to describe items such as buttons, cuff-links and belt buckles. 

With the misinterpretation of the word ‘toys’ TROVE are looking for films about actual toys, as is the current understanding of the word, that have been altered, hacked, modified or electronically changed, rather than ‘toys’ meaning belt buckles, buttons etc.

TROVE are inviting you to submit examples of films based on the theme of toys to:
info@trove.org.uk

Please email TROVE and include:
your CV and a short personal statement
a short description of the film/s
links to online footage of the toy is available
max 6 photographs of the toy/s you are proposing

Notes for application:
please make sure your films is 10 minutes long or less
we will be screening more than one film at a time so we will not be exhibiting films that rely on sound
the films need to be available during June 2012

For further info please contact TROVE on the above email address.
The deadline for submissions is 6th May 2012
www.TROVE.org.uk

Friday, 20 April 2012

48 Sheets launch & Bham Papergirl

48 Sheets is an amazing billboard project happening all over Birmingham this Spring.  Led by Claire Farrell of EC-Arts, this project includes over 100 billboards across the city showing work by regional, national and international artists specifically for this show. 


Here is just a very small selection of billboards from this project...

Maurice Doherty 

Shali Belani

Steve Parsons

Ben Long


Tom Tebby (left) and Mark Murphy & Craig Earp (right)

Elizabeth Rowe

48 Sheets is running out of a shop unit in The Mailbox, and it is an exhibition in itself.

Love this piece by James Gill!

As part of the official launch 48 Sheets took guests on a tour of the billboards on two old double decker red buses.  Here's Claire and I on one of them before the tour.


Also in the 48 Sheets shop unit in The Mailbox are Papergirl Birmingham.
Click HERE for further information on this project, and below are some photo's of their work in the shop.