Art in Manchester this week must start with some sad news. In last weeks blog I included a solo exhibition at Rogue Artists Studios. ‘Land Remains’ by Kate Davies. Many of Kate’s friends were aware of her fight with cancer and that she had recently been told it was terminal. Her great friend of 40 years, fellow artist Sarah Feinmann, posted on Facebook on 23rd April, that Kate had passed. I’m sure all my readers will join me in sending their thoughts and condolences to Kate’s family and friends.
Upside Down Bucket – OA Studios
Preview: Friday 26 April 2019, 6-11pm
OA Studios presents ‘Upside Down Bucket’, a collaborative exhibition curated by Fine Art students from Manchester School of Art.
Upside Down Bucket is an exhibition of paintings by six Manchester based artists. Linked together through shared concerns about lost futures and explorations into the absurd, the works display a strong sense of playfulness as well as acting as a commentary on painting itself.
Open Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 10am – 4pm.
Rui Matsanaga – Mystic Lamb and Silicon Prophets – Paper Gallery until 11th May
For her solo exhibition at PAPER, Rui Matsunaga presents a new series of drypoint etchings. The series, Mystic Lamb and Silicon Prophets references Van Eyke’s Ghent altarpiece, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. Van Eyke depicts the sacrifice of the lamb as a vision of the Apocalypse representing all man’s earthly sufferings before the coming times of truth and beauty. Matsunaga appropriates this narrative to highlight our looming environmental crisis.
Matsunaga’s work combines a Western Christian discourse alongside Japanese Shintoism that believes in an interconnected world comprised of nature spirits weaving a divine fabric that deserves our respect. In the Western Anthropocene world, the human is at the centre of the world and has a divine right to exploit nature, whereas in Shintoism, everything expresses a spiritual essence so that man is not at the centre.
The six new etchings that make up the series, explore our current fascination with bio/gene technology, as well as questions of divinity in this digital age.
Alicija Mrozowska – Building in the Dark – Paper Gallery until 11th May
For her show at PAPER Alicja Mrozowska presents a new series of deconstructed self-portraits, Building in the Dark. Each individual work is a manipulation of external pieces of ‘home’ that forms a site-specific work in response to the gallery. Made up of separate bricks, Mrozowska’s intervention in PAPER2 conveys our ability influence our surroundings, rather than be influenced by them, creating a concept of ‘home’. Brick-like landscapes form spatial planes that reference the artist’s own autobiography, establishing the slippery quality of identity. The work further reflects the constructed aspect of identity that is self-curated and constrained to make it more digestible for others. This process is a projection of Mrozowska’s natural inclination as a maker (a prevalent quality in her family members), which allows the work to speak on her behalf. The ability of her paintings to communicate these sophisticated impulses is an unwavering source of contentment.
The paintings themselves, respond to the places, ideas, and people who have offered the artist security and safety. There is an ever-present internal dialogue woven from the sense of place that forms within Mrozowska. As she builds images of herself, often fluid and unsettled, the paintings attempt to convey a sense of the place where the artist can gain a sense of ‘home’. As a dual nationality citizen, the current political dialogue underpins the work. Mrozowska’s current sense of ‘home’ is constantly shifting, yet within the work she is able to unpack and settle.
MOSCOW Calling – PS Mirabel
PV 2nd May
Moscow Calling is an exhibition curated by Ian Hartshorne and Sean Kaye showcasing the work of Maria Goriyackina, Liza Kuzyakova, Anna Piltsova, Liza Podolskaya, Olga Popova and Rita Sergeeva.
It’s the beginning of a project which aims to establish a network between artists and art students in Manchester and Moscow. The six artists all studied on the Foundation course at British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow in the 2018/19 academic year.
The exhibition includes a wide range of media practices from drawing, printmaking and painting to sculpture, video, photography and sound recording. Each of the artists, are represented by two works; the final work that they made on Foundation and a work that they have made subsequently.
NIPPELLE -Women and Empowerment – Nippelle Fine Art Collective
Rogue Artists Studios
PV Friday 3rd May continues until 9th May
University of Bolton Second Year Fine Art Students are this year holding their end of year show at Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space CIC.
Showcasing work from Nippelle Fine Art Collective. The theme of the exhibition is WOMEN AND EMPOWERMENT and each artist has created individual works in response to this theme.
As many of you will know there is plenty of free parking and Rogue are just a short walk from Gorton train station.
A Contemporary Collection: Sculpture & Materials – The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield have a new exhibition showcasing works from Wakefield’s Art Collection. A Contemporary Collection: Sculpture & Materials features a diverse mix of pieces from the early twentieth century to the present day, revealing the wide variety of materials that artists have used to express sculptural ideas through abstraction and figuration.
Several of the works, including Henry Moore’s Two-Piece Reclining Figure No.4 (1961) are made from bronze, a traditional medium used by civilisations across the world for centuries due to its durability. Throughout the twentieth century, artists explored new materials for sculpture and engaged in innovative ways with the processes of making. This new display includes sculptures and includes notable works such as Anthony Caro’s Paper Sculpture No. 25 (1981), Winged Figures (1971) by Lynn Chadwick, Totem (1960-62) by Barbara Hepworth and Bridget Riley’s Screenprint on plexiglass (1953).
Wakefield’s Art Collection is cared for by The Hepworth Wakefield. The collection was founded in 1923 with the aim to nurture a public understanding of contemporary art. A progressive collecting policy saw the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore acquired early in their careers, as well as other leading artists of the day, such as Ben Nicholson, who have become synonymous with shaping modern British art. The Hepworth Wakefield continues to support contemporary artists with recent acquisitions of work including Anthea Hamilton and Veronica Ryan, both on display in A Contemporary Collection: Sculpture & Materials.
The full list of artists exhibiting: Caroline Broadhead, Reg Butler, Francis Butterfield, Anthony Caro, Halima Cassell, Lynn Chadwick, Henry Cliffe, Anthea Hamilton, Stanley William Hayter, Barbara Hepworth, Bruce McLean, Liamonis Mierins, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Betty Rea, Bridget Riley and Veronica Ryan.