How do we make sense of today’s information overload, from post-truth politics to mind-boggling quantum physics and neuroscience? The Scientific Method shows how artists have revealed the structures and systems of knowledge that we consume daily, subverting the accepted and confounding the expected.
This exhibition brings together recent moving image works by artists Amelia Crouch, Patricia Esquivias, Sian Robinson Davies, Liz Magic Laser, Kate Liston and Yuri Pattison, alongside drawings by KP Brehmer and works by John Latham, Semiconductor and John Smith presented in association with LUX.
Some artworks appropriate a faux-scientific rhetoric, others highlight the potentially unanswerable questions of contemporary science, or employ humour and irreverence to puncture conventional wisdom. Departing from the objective knowledge sought by the classical scientific method, these artists often foreground the bodily, the personal or anecdotal.
Launch Pad: Amelia Crouch
29 July 2016 — 7 August 2016
Preview 6-8pm, Thursday 28 July 2016
Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester
For the next in its series of Launch Pad projects Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present the debut solo exhibition in a public gallery by Yorkshire-based artist Amelia Crouch. Selected from CG Associate members’ submissions by Adam Smythe, Curator at The Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Castlefield Gallery’s Programme Manager Matthew Pendergast. The exhibition will include new and recent works that playfully explore the semiotics of language with film, screen prints and text art.
Experience tells us that language is indeterminate, uncertain and relational. Words often evoke something other or more than they are intended to, as they attempt to communicate the physical and visual world beyond written language. Starting points for Crouch’s intelligent and playful works include word games, homonyms, anagrams, children’s songs and quasi-scientific experiments. Though accepting the unruly nature of words her works are haunted by a dream of systematic order. They emphasise repetitive learning, experiment and methodological actions, which ultimately appear absurd as the works loop or conclude with no defined resolution.
Crouch has often responded to publicly sited commissions which have become a mainstay of her practice. New developments have also seen her producing screen prints and working more with moving image. This Launch Pad will be an opportunity for Crouch to bring these diverse works together and for gallery visitors to see them exhibited in relation to each other as never before. To further develop the dialogue around Crouch’s practice, the exhibition will also feature a piece of critical writing commissioned from Leeds based art writer and historian Lara Eggleton.
Launch screening 23 June, 7pm: The Albany Theatre, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3BH.
Exhibition 22 June – 7 July: City Arcadia Gallery, Coventry, CV1 3HW.
I am pleased to be showing a new moving image work, commissioned by Coventry Artspace as part of the City Arcadia festival. Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody explores our relationship with Coventry’s post-World War II architecture. At the launch event I will give a short talk, my work will be screened and there will be a chance to watch the 1945 docu-drama ‘A City Reborn’, scripted by Dylan Thomas and directed by John Eldridge. Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody will also be screened on a loop at City Arcadia Gallery from 22 June-7 July.
The screening is part of a whole range of activities taking place as part of the City Arcadia Festival, also featuring work by Lauren Heywood, Rob Hamp, Sadie Hennessy, Spencer Graham, Adam Steiner, Adrian Baynes, Julia O’Connell, Hayhoe & Haworth, Office for Art Design & Technology. Project commissioned by Coventry Artspace, funded by Arts Council England.
Wednesday 1 June 2016, 6pm.
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH.
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As part of In Certain Place’s ‘Practising Place’ programme, I will be having a public conversation with literary geographer Dr. David Cooper.
The event, which will take place at Number 70 in Manchester, will examine the role of language within experiences of place. Referencing locations such as the Lake District and the West Yorkshire estate of Whitley Beaumont, Cooper and Crouch will discuss how forms of language are used to govern, frame and re-inscribe particular places. Drawing on their individual research, the speakers will also consider how place writing and visual art can expose the inherent tensions and hidden voices of landscapes, by attending to the intertextuality of place.
David Cooper is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focuses on literary geographies: the ways in which creative writers (primarily poets) think geographically; and how contemporary theoretical thinking on space, place and landscape can inform critical practices. Areas of interest include: post-war/contemporary British and Irish landscape writing; literary cartography and digital mapping; and the relationship between critical and creative practices. The Lake District commonly features as a testing ground for his approaches and ideas.
Practising Place is a programme of public conversations, designed to examine the relationship between art practice and place. Each event is hosted at a different venue and explores a specific aspect of place by bringing artists together with people from different backgrounds, who share a common area of interest.
Featuring: Amelia Crouch, Sarah Harris, William Gall, Luke Drozd, Jean McEwan, Kate Murdoch, Beth Rose, and Mick Welbourn
Evening event: Friday 5th February 7-9pm
South Square Gallery presents For What its Worth, an exhibition of affordable art and an exploration into how artwork is priced and valued. Works vary from drawing and sculpture to video and photography with artists offering insights and anecdotes about how they cost their own work. Timed to coincide after Christmas – a period when many attempt to match the cost of objects with their emotive value – and also during the austere and bargain-filled month of January For What its Worth offers a space to reflect on our spending impulses.
I have been commissioned by Coventry Artspace to make a new piece of work as part of their City Arcadia project, to be realised in 2016.
Launch Event, Friday 31st July 2015, 6pm-10pm
City Arcadia, 32 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW
On Friday July 31st from 6pm onwards, Artspace Curators Laura Elliott and Michael Mayhew invite you to join them in Coventry’s City Arcade for the City Arcadia project launch event ‘WELCOME TO THE FUTURE’. During this very special evening, Elliott & Mayhew will introduce the creative practitioners that they will be collaborating with on the 10 creative ‘propositions’ that will be taking place throughout Coventry’s pedestrianised precincts and Modernist vistas between August 2015 and June 2016.
I’ll be showing a selection of videos at BALTIC Artists’ Book Market, throughout both days. Plus on Saturday I will be at the event selling books, and giving a talk from 13:00-13:30. Full info with details of all the exhibitors and events HERE.
21 April, 6–7.30pm
I’ve been commissioned to make a piece for the publication ‘Untitled 02′. This is the second in a series of publications looking at aspects of the visual art scene in Leeds in the run up to the arrival of British Art Show 8 in October 2015. This edition, produced by The Tetley, The City Talking and Rabbit Hole, takes a look at the visual arts archives in Leeds.
I have made an artwork for the centre pages and an accompanying video ‘Is the archive future proof?’ The video, which has a superb soundtrack by Andy Abbott, will be screened at the publication launch. Thanks to East Street Arts and The Tetley for access to their archives.
At: The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
A Pavilion exhibition
at The Calder – The Hepworth Wakefield
16 April, 5–9pm
Drinks served. Please RSVP to Pavilion.
My work is already up at viewable at The Calder. On 16th April from 5–6pm, myself and co-exhibiting artists Giles Bailey and Ruth Lyons will be in conversation with Patrick Eyres, editor of the New Arcadian Journal, with focus on the relationship between our works and landscapes attributed to Capability Brown. Then the exhibition will be open until 9pm.
At: The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW
The exhibition runs to 31 May 2015.
Opening times: Tuesday–Sunday, 12–4.30pm
Free. Closed Mondays except for bank holidays and during local school holidays
More about the exhibition here