Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Interactions: MMU Art School / Edinburgh Art School Exchange
April 27, 2012

‘Interactions’ has been an ongoing collaborative project between students on the Interactive Arts course at Manchester School of Art and students on the Intermedia Course at Edinburgh College of Art.

Details of the complete project and interaction can be found on the blog:

http://eca-mmu-interactions.tumblr.com

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Future Foundations 3
March 19, 2012

This is the third exhibition of self-selected group MMU Foundation Course work. The first Future Foundations show was in 2010 – co-initiated by and including work by Elisa Artesero, current curator/organiser of the Link Gallery.  Then last year Future Foundations 2 included work by Roger Bygott also current Link Gallery co-organiser/curator. So this show has a healthy lineage and good momentum. As with the previous Future Foundations shows there is a great sense of variety, exploration and experimentation across several media.

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Elisa Artesero ‘Light Weather’
March 18, 2012

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Light Weather is my first solo exhibition in the Link Gallery. The exhibition comprises of two parts: the Link is a large scale installation, at one end of the gallery there is an abstract sky lit up with coloured flashes of light, throughout the rest of the gallery there are coloured pools of light suspended above the floor. The Foyer space shows some of my abstract light photography and an experimental light sculpture.

The installation is a complete experiment. It’s not often I have the opportunity to work in such a large and unusual space where I can let my imagination run wild (time and health and safety restrictions aside). So here I have responded to the space to create an installation which is similar to a stage set. Nothing is naturalistic, the sky and pools of light are abstractions of what they represent, and are lit up with bright colours appealing to the senses. People can walk through the set, as both participants and audience, and hopefully enjoy it as a memorable interruption to their day.”

Elisa Artesero

Colour Block the Link
February 27, 2012

This weeks show focusses on colour blocks – an eclectic presentation from across the Arts Faculty: textiles, paint, sculpture, fashion, linocut prints and photography.

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Link Gallery Print Auction – Photography
February 21, 2012

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The Link Gallery Print Auction is an event organised by 3rd year photography students to showcase and sell work from current students, alumni, and external artists.

Bidding sheets will accompany each print and bidding will begin on Monday the 20th of February.

A Closing Event will be held between 4 and 6pm on Thursday the 23rd where bidding will close at 5pm. Prints will remain on display until midday on Friday 24th before being taken down and prepared for collection by the winning bidders.

Call for submissions – Colour Block the Link
February 1, 2012

Colour Block the Link

We’re going to take last year’s colour blocking fashion and apply it creatively to the Link Gallery in a curated exhibition on 27th February – 2nd March.

We are looking for textiles or works on paper which are predominantly one colour, or combination of two colours, which we can display so as to colour the Link Gallery into a bold exhibition. The work does not have to be an item of clothing, it just needs to be bold and colourful!

Please submit a photo of your textile or paper-based work including dimensions to mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk by 8pm Tuesday 14th February.

You must be available to install your work from midday Friday 24th February and take it down again at the end of the exhibition the following Friday.

 

 

Photography 2nd Year: Assessments
January 30, 2012

This weeks exhibit is the 2nd Year Photography assessment show:

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Threads exhibition
January 11, 2012

The new term at the Link starts with work from the curators, Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott, with the addition of work from guest artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce.

The theme of the work on show is threads/lines, be they real threads or lines of light. Roger’s work uses threads from shoes to frame the vista of two windows, the shoes create an absence and loneliness when viewed upon entering the gallery, the male and female shoes point outward towards the world outside, an optimistic stance on one level, but on another they are  turning their backs on each other in such a definite position. However, when a visitor stands just behind the shoes to look out at the view, particularly in the evening when they can see their reflection, it is as though they fill the shoes for that moment.

Elisa’s light sculpture uses white thread to reshape the end gallery space in a mix of sharp angular shapes, some covered with paper as platforms for the bright slowly moving projections to bring the sculpture to life. The light from the projections also catches on the strings, illuminating them and giving a sense of movement. The shadows cast from the sculpture also moves across the back wall as the light and dark areas of the projection slowly shift across the space. The Light Paintings I & II projected and framed on adjacent walls are there to be viewed like a painting which happens to move, to watch the swathes of colour and patterns slowly move across the framed area in a slow considered manner. In the evening it is possible to watch the Light Paintings as reflections in the window while positioned in front of Roger’s work.

The Foyer space contains Hannah’s series of intricate pencil drawings from the movement created from stitched pieces of work, laid out as if a large landscape piece.

Also in the Foyer space is an installation and related video pieces by Roger. The foil lined ‘Accumulator’ is a phase in an ongoing series exploring  space, fiction and memory. There is some reference to Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Orgone Accumulator’ a quasi-scientific/mystical invention devised by Reich in the 1960s. He claimed his ‘Orgone boxes’ could enhance the life-force and the libido. In no way attempting to recreate Reich’s box, this installation nevertheless proposes an accumulation of creative energy in the form of artistic process and fictional possibility. The meaning of the piece is undefined, yet meanings can accumulate and develop in relationship to it. The material lends itself to Sci-fi imaginings, and yet there is a cone of red thread in there harking back to the past maybe. There is a contrasting connection of the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution.

The three looped video pieces also document various phases of the ‘Accumulator’ in the form of performance, poetry and music. We are presented with fragments of a story, part abstract, part science fiction.

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‘The Secret Life’ (7th – 11th Nov)
November 6, 2011

This weeks show is a rich mix of the surreal and the dreamy.

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OPENING NIGHT MONDAY 7th 4.30 – 6.30pm

Curator: Elisa Artesero

Assistant curator: Roger Bygott

Curator’s Statement

A ball hangs in the corner of a room in Magritte’s painting ‘The Secret Life’ (1928) recently shown at the Tate Liverpool exhibition. The spherical ‘thing’ appears to be in a state of being/existing in the space, whether we are there to view it or not. Although it was hung in a room full of people, I felt as if it was very much alone and I had intruded on its quiet existence, like coming across a ghost. This was the starting point and inspiration for this exhibition. The work on show is varied to say the least, but within each piece there are intriguing characters within dreamlike or surreal situations.

Starting with my own work ‘Phantom’, the sculpture is the conduit for the light phantom, giving the ephemeral being a place to exist and become whole as the light passes through the layers of fabric. Roger Bygott uses light trails in his film ‘The Photographer'; he came across the anonymous photographer while walking in North Wales and filmed the man absorbed in his own world, conjured up as if part of a dream. James Ackerley’s ‘A Brief Memento of an Intangible Dreamscape’ could almost have come from the place Roger filmed his photographer and is presented as a surreal souvenir.

The middle hexagon holds the eerie photos of Anna Heaton’s twins, blankly staring out of the picture. Matthew Barber’s photos, ‘Stranger Danger’ are based on the fear of walking home at night and how the mind plays tricks on you. The photos are similar and their repetition and placement is to make the viewer look twice at each to see the differences, to pick out where the man in the picture has moved to next. These photos frame Karol Kochanowski’s ‘Self Portrait with Elephant’, an absurd situation in a beautiful landscape to symbolize the burden of everyday life, and his ‘Breadcycle’ a piece exhibited two years ago as part of his Foundation course, which has changed with him over the years.

John Brindley’s ‘Echoes’ and Caroline Whitemore’s surreal paintings use doors and pathways as symbols in their work, which I have placed together as quite literally the doorways to the next section of the exhibition within the Foyer.

Amy Lawrence’s piece ‘Mushroom’ shows a woman pregnant with thought and imagination. Helen Wheeler’s etchings create an intangible dreamscape. Both artists invite the viewer to make their own interpretation of their work, however I feel that they are both reflective of the artists themselves, Amy’s imagination literally growing from the image, and Helen’s layered with depth of meaning.

The show reel of films from Liam Healy (‘Pray’), Fabian Beickhorasani (‘Signon’) and Exposure’s nominee Michael Scott (‘Alice in Space’ and ‘Tastes Better’) are set on two projectors to continue the ‘look again’ theme of doubles running through the exhibition and to wonder why the images are not quite the same.

Finally, there are two very different boxes which can be entered into, one is Roger Bygott’s ‘Shaman’, an ambiguous character who is difficult to decipher, keep an eye out for him as he may be in and available to give divinations, or his spirit could be left guarding his home. The other box is Robert Grundstrom’s ‘Cubicle No.2′ the dark part of the psyche which can be entered into at your own risk.

Many thanks to Roger Bygott and Paul Tutty for their help in setting up the exhibition, and to the participating artists whose work was a pleasure to curate.

Elisa Artesero

Curator

Call for submissions : The Secret Life
October 26, 2011

This is a call for submissions with a surreal/dreamlike theme for an exhibition at the Link Gallery 7th-11th November. The work can be in any medium that fits into the theme. Please send photos (or stills if film based) of the completed work together with dimensions, a short description, and any special install requirements you may have by the submission deadline of Tuesday 1st November to mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk

The exhibition will be curated but you must be available to install your own work at midday Friday 4th November.

This is a show with a very short window of time for submissions, so don’t delay! I really look forward to viewing the work that is sent through.

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