WORKPLACE is pleased to announce Dead Sea Deaf Sea, the first solo exhibition of Matt Stokes at Workplace London.
Dead Sea Deaf Sea is an exhibition of new film, sculpture and photography by Stokes predominantly derived from his research into HMS Standard, an experimental World War II psychiatric rehabilitation camp, established by the Royal Navy to find an answer to rising mental illness and insubordination in its ranks. The camp had a duplicitous role - to treat those traumatised by life in active service and to weed out ‘malingerers’ feigning psychosis to escape service. The work shown follows on from Stone Frigate, a LARP (Live Action Role Play) conceived and written by Stokes (commissioned by Keilder Art & Architecture) that took place near the original, now flooded, site of HMS Standard in the Tyne Valley, Northumberland.
At Workplace London we will show 2 large-scale sculptures of weaving frames that were used within therapeutic activity. Woven by Stokes with ragged World War II Royal Navy uniforms to ambiguously spell out DEAD SEA and DEAF SEA, these pieces allude to the powerful passive presence of the sea as a site of conflict, a source of dread, and as psychological metaphor. A new series of 14 black and white photographs have been doctored and hand printed by Stokes using water from Keilder reservoir (under which the location of HMS Standard is now submerged). A sailor sat smoking on a hillside is shown next to a landscape; repeated 3 times, the diptychs are each hand tinted to represent different psychological conditions - referring directly to Siegfried E. Katz’ article ‘Color Preference in the Insane’ published in The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology in 1931 – which influenced elements of the LARP design. Alongside this, a short document of Stone Frigate is set against a haunting rendition of ‘Depth of My Ego’ by the Scottish folk singer Matt McGinn, sung by George Unthank (who played the Chaplain in the LARP) to signify the end of the event.
Matt Stokes, The Oyster, 2016, Colour 16mm film and audio, 3mins 30 seconds loop, Courtesy of the artist and WORKPLACE, UK
The Oyster is a 16mm looped film projection shot by Stokes on Santa Monica Beach in California. In the distance a solitary figure faces the sea listening to a clamshell CD Walkman, shifting hypnotically and manically from foot to foot. It is overdubbed by a slowed loop of folk reel and an abridged narration on the history of the American Oyster charting the initial exploitation of a natural resource, to its growth as a luxury food and the inevitable tensions between industrial overproduction and the fragilities of the social and environmental eco-system.
Throughout this exhibition Stokes employs both historical narrative and re-enactment to articulate pertinent anxieties around epic shifts in global politics and their relationship to intimate psychological states. Dead Sea Deaf Sea presents a mesmerising and sublime meditation upon the connection between the fragility of the individual and the socio-political undercurrents that shape our lives.
Matt Stokes was born in Penzance, Cornwall in 1973 and lives and works in Newcastle and Gateshead. His recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; CAAC Seville, Spain; De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands; Dilston Grove / Matts Gallery, London, UK; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; and Arthouse, Austin, Texas, USA. Stokes was the winner of the 2006 Beck’s Futures Prize.
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Hugo Canoilas 'Love the sunset and dawn because there's nothing more useless than that', 2015,
Courtesy Gallerie Andreas Huber, Vienna and WORKPLACE, Gateshead and London, UK
February 1 - April 24, 2017
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
11 East 52nd Street, New York, USA
Christian Kosmas MAYER
Curated by Dieter BUCHHART
Curatorial Advisor: Mathias KESSLER
JANUARY 31│EXHIBITION OPENING
6 PM -- 7 PM: Artist talk
7 PM – 9 PM: Reception featuring a performance by Marissa Lôbo
Constructing Paradise exhibits contemporary reinterpretations of notions of the "exotic" by artists based in Austria or the United States. Taking iconic artworks such as Paul Gauguin's Noa Noa and Oskar Kokoschka's Tiger Cat as starting points, the show assembles a diverse range of work from early contemporary to more recent artistic responses to the modernist imprint of desire and fantasy on contemporary culture. Particularly when juxtaposed with hyperbolized images of modern-day advertising, the exhibition explores the psychological impacts of the modernist image on image culture and the Western psyche.
Hugo Canoilas was born in 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal and lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Recent Exhibitions and projects include: When elephants march in, curated my Mark Kremer at De Appel, Amsterdam, NL; Paradise Birds - 30th São Paulo Biennial; Infinite Tasks, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon; Dear painter paint me - with heart and reason, Trafó Contemporary Art Center, Budapest, DEBAIXO DO VULCÃO, MNAC, Lisbon
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Laura Lancaster,Priestman Gallery, University of Sunderland, 2017, Sunderland, UK
23 January - 24 February 2017
Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5pm
University of Sunderland
Priestman Building, Green Terrace,
Sunderland, SR1 3PZ
We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent large scale works by Laura Lancaster at Priestman Gallery, University of Sunderland.
Laura Lancaster makes paintings from an archive of anonymous photographs procured from thrift stores and flea markets. Her work transposes the forgotten and discarded snap-shots of strangers' lives into an ambiguous and uncanny territory between abstraction and figuration. Divorcing her subjects from their specific context and time, Lancaster renders these images uncanny and strange, relocating them to a place of collective memory and experience.
Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 180 x 230 cm, Courtesy of the artist and WORKPLACE, UK
Laura Lancaster was born in Hartlepool, UK in 1979. She lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Lancaster has shown her work in numerous exhibitions worldwide including Laura Lancaster, New Art Gallery Walsall; A Stranger's Dream, Sargent's Daughters, New York; Laura Lancaster, Wooson Gallery, Korea; Shapeshifter, Workplace London, UK. Group Exhibitions include: Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare, UK; Private Utopia, Tokyo Station Gallery, Japan; Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan; Itami City Museum of Art, Japan; Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art St Etienne; Glasgow International; October - Salon, Belgrade, Palazzo Della Arte, Napoli; Accademia d'Ungheria a Roma; BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK; John Moores Prize, Liverpool, UK. Lancaster's work is represented in numerous international collections including The British Council Collection; New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; Nerman Museum, Kansas, USA; The Government Art Collection, UK and numerous private collections worldwide. Lancaster's work has recently been published in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting by Phaidon Press, and Picturing People by Charlotte Mullins for Thames and Hudson.
Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster, Glimpser, 2017, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster
Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 January 2017
"I'm in my element when I'm a little bit out of this world: then I'm in the real world - I'm on the beam. Because when I'm falling, I'm doing alright. When I'm slipping, I say, 'Hey, this is interesting.' It's when I'm standing upright that bothers me... As a matter of fact, I'm really slipping most of the time. I'm like a slipping glimpser."
Willem de Kooning - 1960
Both artists take up residence in the gallery for five days, the first time they have collaborated fully. They seek to generate a series of temporary interventions which explore the crossover between their respective artistic practices, with a focus on their mutual interest in the slippage of meaning when found imagery is manipulated. Laura’s investigations are based upon the projection of gathered source imagery, while Rachel employs her own archive of source material based on the moving image. Using a projector as a tool for drawing, they manipulate the reading of projected images through drawing and distortions with reference to analogue special effects techniques.
BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practicing artists located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. This publicly accessible, cultural hub for contemporary art practice and research opened in April 2012 as a unique collaborative venture between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. The former Ward's printing warehouse and distinctive Grade II listed building at 39 High Bridge Street is home to BALTIC's project space - a stunning top-floor gallery, 33 artists' studios and the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.
31 - 39 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
BALTIC'S PROJECT SPACE OPENING HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday 12.00-18.00
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.