Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Open West 2012 - Gloucester Cathedral

Emma Critchley, Single Shared Breath, 2011, video installation
The Open West 2012 is currently installed in the glorious setting of Gloucester Cathedral where it is open to view until 31 March.
This, the 4th annual Open West competition, has been selected from an international submission, by organisers Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin, together with artists Iain Andrews and Dan Chadwick. 90 works by 55 artists are on show. The cathedral is a formidable space in which to show contemporary art - however Lyn and Sarah have exercised great curatorial skill and sensitivity in their installation of the work which is  respectful of the architectural space but not overwhelmed by it.
A selection of works is illustrated below.
Aaron Distler, Between Here and Here, 2010, steam bent hardwood
Tina Hill, Excavating Babel, 2009, installation of over 2,000 books
Catherine Dormer, Shimmer (detail), 2011, digital print on silk
Ione Rucquoi, Ballet Shoe I, 2011, ballet shoe, gold plated acupuncture needles
Angela Conway, For One Removed, I, 2011, emulsion paint on paper, chalk, graphite
Jiho Won, Memory Pond, 2010, glass
Jackie Brough, Continuity, 2011, silk, organza, concrete
Kentaro Yamada, Hackney Sublime, 2011, broken glass window, perspex
Jonathan Wright, No Head for Heights, 2010 plastic, pewter, neon
HENRY/SEATON, Ante-Chamber: 187 Objects (detail), 2011, concrete and plaster
George Petrou, My Brother, 2010, video installation
David Teager-Portman, Other Side, 2010, concrete, canvas, boat, handmade bricks

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