Friday, April 18, 2014

United Visual Artists TOWNER, EASTBOURNE

Vanishing Point to Eastbourne. Inspired by sketches of Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Durer, UVA sends lines into space from an arbitrary vanishing point, creating different volumes, divisions and rooms to be explored by the audience.
18 April - 22 June (free)

After stunning Berlin audiences and critics alike last year, UK artists United Visual Artists (UVA) are bringing their exciting new work Vanishing Point to Eastbourne. 

Vanishing Point opens for the first time in the UK to Sussex audiences on 18 April 2014 at Towner’s award-winning gallery space, the largest in the South East of England. 

Inspired by sketches of Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Dürer, UVA sends lines into space from an arbitrary vanishing point, creating different volumes, divisions and rooms to be explored by the audience. Drawing upon their studies in programmable architecture, they will be developing a body of work for Towner using light, installation, print and screen. 

A fascination with the physical presence of light is embedded in UVA’s work and they have explored different ways of creating a structure from light. Vanishing Point employs perspective as both a tool and visual outcome to reshape, redefine and represent a space. 

Image: United Visual Artists, Vanishing Point, Berlin, 2013 

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Two talks are programmed to accompany this exhibition: 

1 May – With Exhibitions Curator Sanna Moore 
Thursday 1 May, 2014, 12.30pm (free) 

5 June – With United Visual Artists 
Saturday 5 June 2014 3pm 

Devonshire Park College Road - Eastbourne BN21 4JJ 
Opening hours: 
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm 
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm 
Closed Christmas public holidays

Haggard Caravan: collaborative group of artists and musicians + Solar Lice

Haggard Caravan. The collaborative group of artists and musicians features features sculpture, installation, performance, music and video. Evoking and developing the idea of an architecture inhabited by unseen forces, the artists will be installing elements of the facade of a 1960s Swiss ghost-house ride onsite.

This Easter, a collaborative group of artists and musicians make their UK institutional debut with a new exhibition entitled Haggard Caravan. The installation opens on Good Friday, 18 April and runs until Sunday 1 June at The Calder - The Hepworth Wakefield’s new 600sqm space for contemporary art.

Co-commissioned with The Modern Institute and part of the Glasgow International Festival 2014, the exhibition features sculpture, installation, performance, music and video, building on the collaborative practice the Swiss-American group first explored in Drip Event, an expansive sculpture and sound installation at The Power Station, Dallas, USA in 2013. Taking direct inspiration from The Calder’s industrial heritage, riverside setting and anecdotal histories, the collective will be constructing the immersive installation and preparing for the opening night performance at The Calder. 

The 19th century former textile mill is part of the Rutland Mill complex, a series of Victorian warehouses located in The Hepworth Wakefield’s gallery gardens. Situated next to the River Calder, the complex has been cited on numerous occasions as a hotspot for paranormal encounters and hosted the controversial television show Most Haunted in 2005.

Evoking and developing the idea of an architecture inhabited by unseen forces, the artists will be installing elements of the façade of a 1960s Swiss ghost-house ride onsite. Like the now empty warehouses in which The Calder is located, the various elements of the installation will conjure both actual and imagined histories and create an immersive architecture by means of site-specific sculptural interventions.

The kinetic energy of the adjacent River Calder next will provide another type of force within the installation. Man-made and electronic sounds from the band’s performance on the opening night will be translated into a series of automated musical instruments that will effectively take on the role of the band. Visitors will be encouraged to make connections between the sculptural forms created in the space and the movement of water in the River Calder directly outside building.

Haggard Caravan forms part of The Hepworth Wakefield’s extended contemporary exhibition programme as Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator explains: “The focus of the programme at The Calder is on exploring interdisciplinary relationships between the visual arts and other fields such as music, dance and performance. The space is an important platform for young and emerging artists to present new work on an international stage. Haggard Caravan brings together a really exciting group of artists and musicians. It will be an all-encompassing experience and very different to what our audiences have seen before.”

To commence their European tour Solar Lice will be performing at the opening night of the new exhibition, with a series of improvised sessions. The free public opening takes place on Thursday 17 April from 6.30pm until late with official band merchandise available to purchase, including the group’s new 60 minute LP, Solar Lice.

The artists commented: “On the opening night we’ll be combining guitar, bass and drums with site-specific vessels and vocals, with references to water from the River Calder playing a key role. There’s no easy way to define our sound. We’re eight members-strong, with a vast range of influences and perform instinctively, through improvisation. We hope people will come down on the night and see for themselves”.

For details of The Hepworth Wakefield’s full exhibition programme and Easter events are available on the website or by telephoning 01924 247392.

The gallery is at the heart of Wakefield’s regeneration. Designed by the internationally acclaimed practice, David Chipperfield Architects, it is funded by Wakefield Council and Arts Council England with additional funding from a number of charitable trusts and private individuals. The Hepworth Wakefield opened on 21 May 2011. It attracted 512,000 visitors within the first 12 months and welcomed its millionth visitor on 5 December 2013.

On Friday 30 August 2013 The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield’s new contemporary art space opened to the public. The development of The Calder was announced on 21 May 2013, exactly two years since gallery opened.
Located on the ground floor of the Caddies Wainwright Mill, a 19th century former textiles mill, the new contemporary art space is situated adjacent to the main gallery site, on the banks of the River Calder. The Calder adds 600 square metres of exhibition and event space to the existing 10 gallery spaces within The Hepworth Wakefield and presents a contemporary art programme that runs in parallel to the visitor offer at the main gallery.
The development of The Calder is a capital project is funded by Wakefield Council, who own the building and are the principal proprietor of the waterfront site adjacent to The Hepworth Wakefield. The development of the new exhibition space at The Hepworth Wakefield forms part of the Council’s Wakefield Waterfront regeneration plans.
The exhibition and event programme is funded from a number of charitable trusts, corporates and private individuals and is match-funded in part through the Arts Council England Catalyst Arts programme and by revenue from ticketed events.
The Calder capital project is funded by Wakefield Council; the on-going exhibition and event programme is funded through Wakefield Council, Arts Council England and Arts Council England Catalyst Arts programme.

The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery are four of the UK’s leading visual art organisations, situated within 30 minutes drive or train ride from one another. They build on West Yorkshire’s unique artistic legacy as the birthplace of two of the most important 20th Century artists, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.
Visitor research shows that we all share audiences from Yorkshire and beyond and together, we are a world-class destination for art-lovers. This long term partnership aims to promote contemporary art and sculpture as inspirational settings to grow visitor numbers to all four institutions and to raise the profile of West Yorkshire as the birthplace of Modern British sculpture.For details on Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle visit 

Formed in 2012, ‘Solar Lice’ is an eight-strong a band comprises musicians and artists: Jeanne Graff, Tobias Madison, Flavio Merlo, Emanuel Rossetti, and Stefan Tcherepnin with Gregory Ruppe, William Z Saunders.
Selected projects include: 'Drip Event', The Power Station, Dallas (2013); ‘SOLAR LICE’, Double LP, recorded at ISSUE Project Room, New York (2013); 'OOO &&& LLL', Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (2012); 'cut-out bin / apnegative', Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (2012); and 'POMOSHCH medelst dig hjälp mig? helpers', Galerie New Jerseyy, Basel (2012).

Jeanne Graff (b. Lausanne, Switzerland); Tobias Madison (b. Basel, Switzerland, lives and works in Berlin & Zürch); Flavio Merlo (b. Zug, lives & works in Zürich, Switzerland); Emanuel Rossetti (b. Basel, Switzerland, lives & works in Basel); Gregory Ruppe (b. Houston, Texas, lives & works in Dallas, Texas); William Z. Saunders (b. Texas, USA); Stefan Tcherepnin (b. Boston, USA, lives & works in Brooklyn, NYC)

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T: +44 (0)1924 247 392 / 07717 807512

The Calder
Gallery Walk, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 4.30pm
Open Third Thursday of every month, 12 – 8.30pm, as part of After Hours late nights Open for the Wakefield Art on Wednesdays every other month, 12 - 8.30pm
Closed Mondays (except for Bank Holidays and school holidays)
Free admission (except for ticketed events)

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Le Metamorfosi e il simbolo animale SPAZIO NEA, NAPOLI

Track 2. Secondo atto di un progetto che coinvolge artisti di rilievo internazionale nel panorama dell'arte contemporanea, che in modi diversi si sono interrogati sul tema dell'identita' e delle mutazioni che allontanano l'uomo dalla sua natura originaria.
dal 18/4/2014 al 20/5/2014

Artisti: Alessandro Boezio, Gino De Dominicis, Marcello Di Donato, Gilbert&George, Luigi Ontani, Andres Serrano, Lamberto Teotino, Silvano Tessarollo, Bill Viola, Michele Zaza 

Venerdì 18 aprile alle 19,30 inaugura la mostra “Le metamorfosi e il simbolo animale” a cura di Graziano Menolascina, in esposizione presso Spazio Nea fino al 20 maggio. 
Secondo atto di un progetto che coinvolge artisti di rilievo internazionale nel panorama dell’arte contemporanea, che in modi diversi si sono interrogati sul tema dell’identità e delle mutazioni che allontanano l’uomo dalla sua natura originaria. 

Ritornano i temi dell’identità, della fusione di sacro e profano, di mito e favola, del travestimento nei lavori di Luigi Ontani, mentre Michele Zaza approda all’origine, a una dimensione mitica dell’uomo in opere dove lo spazio reale diventa luogo sacro, metafora della struttura dell’universo. Nel raccontare le sorti di una civiltà che ha perso la memoria, Alessandro Boezio presenta corpi che sono il risultato di improbabili innesti e confusioni di parti, dove gli arti hanno dimensioni assurde o si confondono con membra di animali o interferenze vegetali. In modo simile Silvano Tessarollo indaga la condizione dell’individuo contemporaneo, tra dimensione umana e disumana, tra reale e virtuale. Partendo da immagini di archivio e dalla loro manipolazione, Lamberto Teotino  medita sul presente offrendo una possibilità condivisa di guardare oltre il senso di sospensione e di ambiguità del reale. 

Soggetti colti in una affascinante atemporalità sfilano negli scatti di Marcello Di Donato, rischiarati da una luce che sembra provenire da tutte le direzioni. I diversi aspetti della spiritualità contemporanea vengono indagati da Andres Serrano in modo estremamente provocatorio sia dal punto di vista tematico che per l’uso di materiali-simbolo della vita come sangue, urina e latte. 

Lanciato nell’esplorazione dell’interiorità dell’individuo, Bill Viola ne coglie attraverso lo strumento del videotape le molteplici identità ed emozioni. Sullo stesso versante Gilbert&George, impegnati nel superamento delle tradizionali barriere tra arte e vita e nell’analisi di paure, ossessioni, emozioni che provano gli individui di fronte a contenuti forti quali sesso, razza, religione e politica. In una provocazione dai toni estremi si colloca la ricerca di Gino De Dominicis, tutta basata sui temi della morte e dell’immortalità fisica, della realizzazione dell’improbabile e della confutazione dell’irreversibilità dei fenomeni. 
Prosegue l’esplorazione dell’arte contemporanea e della sua visione delle metamorfosi umane in un viaggio tra radici e contemporaneità. 

In collaborazione con Hybrida Contemporanea, Roma 

Ufficio stampa: 
Eliana De Leo 
tel. 339 3149021 

Vernissage: venerdì 18 aprile, ore 19.30 

Spazio Nea 
via Costantinopoli, 53 Piazza Bellini 59 Napoli 
tutti i giorni dalle 10.00 
ingresso libero 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We are on Google Open Gallery

We are proud to announce that we are now also on Google Open Gallery, an initiative by the Google Cultural Institute:

Google Open Gallery offers powerful free tools for artists, museums, archives and galleries and it is only on invite.

We have done this first virtual exhibition about Cinzia Pellin.

We think that this a good tool for artists, galleries and museums but too much "static" in terms of the social Web.
Surely this is because it is still in a first phase of its existence and we hope that Google will greatly improve it and continue to support it.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 450 ANOS @ Gulbenkian, Lisboa

23 ABRIL 2014 A  8 JUNHO 2014
No Dia Mundial do Livro e do Direito de Autor, o Museu Calouste Gulbenkian associa-se às comemorações dos 450 anos do nascimento de William Shakespeare (Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 de abril de 1564 - 23 de abril de 1616), apresentando, no espaço da exposição permanente (zona de descanso), um exemplar da tragédia Hamlet, traduzida para francês e apresentada por André Gide, com ilustrações gravadas a buril por Albert Decaris. Esta obra foi adquirida por Calouste Gulbenkian, em 1947, na qualidade de membro da Société des Bibliophiles Franco-Suisses, associação à qual aderiu em 1932.

Complementando a mostra apresentam-se ainda exemplares de obras de Shakespeare, que integram a biblioteca particular de Calouste S. Gulbenkian, hoje à guarda da Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

The New Romantics

The New Romantics is an exhibition exploring the ways in which contemporary artists using digital media engage the body, representations of nature, poetic irony, and expressions of individuality as originally expressed in 19th Century Romanticism. By drawing equivalences between then and now, this exhibition identifies a critical precedent for artists today that are responding to their ever changing technological environment. Just as the Romantics responded to the industrial revolution, this group of artists are similarly responding to the current information revolution.
Start Date:  17 Apr 2014 - 10 May 2014
Cost:  Free
Venue:  Eyebeam

Ryan Whittier Hale, Still from "Monolith" (2012)

Curators Claudia Hart, Nicholas O’Brien, and Katie Torn have put together an exhibition that illustrates the diversity and complexity of contemporary digital production. In doing so, The New Romantics presents a unique selection of works by artists not based on formal similarities, but on expressive affinities. By employing a myriad of contemporary techniques - including digital fabrication, 3D simulation, software-based collage, video game engines, and peer to peer networking tools - the artists in this exhibition expose an underlying thread of individual expression that extends beyond mere tech-fetishism.

To further illustrate the multitude of ways in which comparisons between the past and the present can be understood, Eyebeam will host a series of events in tandem with the exhibition. These will include an evening of performances on 25 April 2014, and a catalog release and reception event to be held during the closing week of the exhibition.


Opening Reception – 17 April

Sponsored by Prym Rum


Night of Performances – 25 April

Doors open to Public 6:00PM

Closing Reception – 8 May

6:00PM - 9:00 PM

Artists Included:

Mark Beasley, Tim Berresheim, Alexandra Gorczynski, Ryan Whittier Hale, Claudia Hart, Jeremiah Johnson, Brookhart Jonquil, Sophie Kahn, Alex M. Lee, Sara Ludy, Shane Mecklenburger, Jonathan Monaghan, Mikey McParlane and Michael Mallis, Brenna Murphy, Nicholas O’Brien, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jon Rafman, Nicolas Sassoon, Jasper Spicero, Kate Steciw, Katie Torn, and Krist Wood.

Performances by:

ATOM-r (Mark Jeffrey and Judd Morrissey), Zach Blas, Ann Hirsch, Miao Jiaxin, Mikey McParlane, and Vincent Tiley.