Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Jeremy Duncan, Mott Street, 2008
Jeremy Duncan, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2008
The exhibition will be open until 17th December, 2010 - The Summerfield Gallery is at Pittville Studios, University of Gloucestershire, Albert Road, Cheltenham, GL52 3JG. Jeremy Duncan is represented by Waterhouse & Dodd Contemporary.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Following her graduation from Goldsmiths in 1982, Lisa Milroy achieved early success with her paintings of still life objects (shoes, light bulbs, melons,…) the motifs painted in sensual bravura strokes on plain, neutral backgrounds.
Lisa Milroy, Shoes, 1985 (Collection: Tate Gallery)
Lisa Milroy, Light Bulbs, 1988 (Collection: Tate Gallery)
For this exhibition, In the Black, Lisa Milroy has selected fifteen paintings from 1984 to 2009 to present the use of black in her work. In a text written for the show, Milroy describes the role played by shadows in her still life paintings:
The darkest area in my painting is the point at which the object and ground meet in shadow. ‘Darkest’ does not always mean black, although this dark can feel like black. The black of a painted shoe has a different material quality than the black in a painted shadow. Both allude to different realities, the shoe tangible, factual, ordinary, the shadow suggested, felt, mysterious.
She describes, in detail, making, and applying, black:
I make my own black paint by mixing ultramarine blue and burnt umber. I only use black straight out of the tin for painting a ground or as a glaze, or for drawing on the canvas when I need a line both fluid and pigment-rich. Emotionally, it feels quite different to use readymade black as opposed to black I make myself. My own black feels more intimate, a part of me, like my own shadow. Readymade black is more a tool, functional. Independent from me, readymade black paint is less emotionally charged.
A shadow in my painting binds an object to the ground. My shadows are made from ultramarine blue, burnt umber and titanium white which produces a soft gray. For a hot or warm shadow, I add a touch of yellow ochre or alizarin crimson to the mix and for a cooler shadow, I add more ultramarine blue. To paint a shadow, I start by brushing my own black paint to the right of the object. Then I paint the gray component next to it. To finish, I blend the black at the edge of the object into the gray area and the gray area into the off-white ground that surrounds the object.
The following items are available in Pittville Learning Centre:
Bradley, Fiona (2001) Lisa Milroy, London: Tate Gallery
Chisenhale Gallery (1995) Lisa Milroy: Travel Paintings, London: Chisenhale Gallery
Lisa Milroy (2003) [video], London: Illuminations (theEYE series)
Waddington Galleries (1998) Lisa Milroy, London: Waddington Galleries
Watkins, Jonathan et al (2007), Lisa Milroy: Making Sense, Birmingham: Ikon Gallery
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Poster by Mark Unsworth
On Saturday the 20th November, Xposed Club will host a rare performance by Barre Phillips in the Chapel at the Francis Close Hall campus in Cheltenham. Barre Phillps is a free improvising bassist who has worked with Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman and many others. On Saturday he will be performing with Tony Bevan on saxophone, Matthew Bourne on piano, Tony Buck on drums, + Pat Thomas on piano and Chris Cundy on bass clarinet.
£6.00 (£3.00 concs.) on the door, starts 8.00pm.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
First prize has been awarded to Virginia Verran for her drawing Bolus Space (signal), 2009/10, pens on canvas (above).
Just under 3,000 entries were submitted this year for consideration by the selectors: Charles Darwent, Art Critic, Independent on Sunday; Jenni Lomax, Director of the Camden Arts Centre; and Emma Talbot, artist (former Course Leader, Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire).
Second prize was awarded to Panayiotis Lamprou for Portrait of My British Wife; Lamprou says of the picture: ‘To me, it expresses female power and independence as well as my devotion to my wife’.
Third prize went to Jeffrey Stockbridge for Tic Tac and Tootsie (twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean) The sisters, who live on the street in Kensington, North Philadelphia, and suffer from insomnia, are both addicted to Xanex and have resorted to prostitution to supply their habit.
Stockbridge says, ‘Enduring unthinkable pain on a daily basis, the sisters are both incredibly strong and weak at the same time. Caught in the grip of their addiction, they do whatever it takes to survive, except for getting clean'.
The exhibition is at the National Portrait Gallery from 11th November - 20th February 2011. All quotes and details above are from the NPG website.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
The British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet has opened in various venues across Nottingham (until 9th Jan, 2011) and has received some very positive reviews (see Adrian Searle and Laura Cumming). Particularly well received has been the work of Sarah Lucas (above) and Christian Marclay’s film, “The Clock”. (This can also been seen at White Cube, Mason’s Yard until 13th November.)
An exhibition of the work of Gerhard Richter is showing at The New Walk Museum and Gallery in Leicester, until 27th February 2011. This is one of the ‘Artists’ Rooms’ donated to the nation by Anthony d’Offay.
Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South is showing at the wonderful De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea, until 3rd January 2011. The exhibition includes work by Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, Alec Soth, Susan Lipper and others. The De La Warr Pavilion, designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff, built in 1935, restored in 2005, is one of the Modernist gems of English architecture.
In London, Rirkrit Tiravanija is at Pillar Corias. Tiravanija has been associated with 'Relational Aesthetics' (see Nicolas Bourriaud (2003) Relational Aesthetics, Dijon: Les Presse du Réel) - his previous work has included preparing meals for gallery visitors. This show features 2 works: an 8 hour video charting a day in the life of Leung Neaw, an elderly Thai man, and a 35mm slide installation showing the gallery director recounting a day in her life for the duration of a working day.
The Courtauld Gallery has put together a show which brings together, for the first time, a group of Paul Cézanne’s paintings of card players. See 3 short videos about the work on the Courtauld’s website. The exhibition will run until 16th January 2011.
Most of the exhibitions listed for October will run through, or into, November. For links and details of the following, see Exhibition Roundup – (mid) October:
For links and details of the following, see Exhibition Roundup – October:
· The Liverpool Biennial ( - 28th November)
· Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010 at The Coach Shed, Liverpool ( - 13th November)
· The 4th Brighton Photo Biennial ( - 14th November)
· The 20th Hereford Photography Festival ( - 27th November)
Friday, 5 November 2010
Photograph by Vladimir Marcano