Archive for the ‘textiles’ Category

3rd Year 3D Design
March 6, 2012

This week in the Link is a rich display of work from the 3rd year 3D design course. Cabinets and cases of intricate work, splashes of colour, wearables, glasswork and eclectic influence.

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Exhibition co-ordinator: Eva Rabin

Gallery co-ordinators: Elisa Artesero & Roger Bygott

 

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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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.

 

 

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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Foundation Course: Term 1 Show
December 13, 2011

A selection of work from the MMU Art & Design Foundation Course:

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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.

A new year at the Link Gallery
October 7, 2011

It’s been a long summer indeed, but now the Link Gallery is back for another year of exhibitions! The layout of the foyer space has changed now that the stairs have been removed, so we now have even more wall space to play with.

I (Elisa Artesero) will continue to be the curator of the gallery; however I am looking for a small team of volunteers from the Interactive Arts course (particularly our new first years) with an interest in curating who would like to help with the running of the gallery this year. I will post more information a little later, but if any students from the course would like to get in touch with an expression of interest please email mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk

The gallery is also now open for submissions to artists from any degree. Along with the more traditional mediums of work, I am keen to open up the space for more unusual proposals; be it for film, events, theatre, fashion or music to ensure another eclectic year of exhibitions. Do not worry if this is your first exhibition, I will work with you, all I ask is for a certain level of ambition for the use of the space.

So, please email me at mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk for a proposal form.

Manchester School of Art Degree Show
June 12, 2011

It’s getting close to that time of year again; when the final year art students are feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement as they finish installing their artwork for the Manchester School of Art Degree show. This year the Link Gallery is hosting work from the Fine Art Print degree, however don’t just stop by the Link, the whole school is full to the brim of exhibitions from so many different degree courses! Make sure to check out the Holden Gallery with work from the Interactive Arts degree, it’s sure to be a varied exhibition from some very talented artists.

The preview is Friday 17th June, with the public view from Saturday 18th June through to Wednesday 22nd June, so if you’re in Manchester or visiting during that time, make sure to pop by.

Interactive Arts 1st Year Show
May 8, 2011

The start of this term sees the culmination of the year for first year Interactive Arts students in the form of a final exhibition. The exhibition goes throughout the Link Gallery and into the Interactive Arts studio. The standard is extremely high, and as always with this course, the work on show is certainly eclectic in theme and media.

There will be a closing event on Thursday 12th May from 4.30pm  -6.30pm.

Here is a small selection of what there is to see:

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Agents of Deterioration – Emily Outhwaite
March 28, 2011

Agents of Deterioration is this week’s Link Gallery exhibition by Interactive Arts student Emily Outhwaite.

Emily’s artist statement for the exhibition:

‘As an artist I am interested in the objects that surround us in everyday life, in particular those objects that have signs of personal use and adornment; signs of deterioration. Through my working practice I explore the relationships that these objects have with us as human beings, questioning their value as and within material culture.

Concerned with mapping and replicating the deterioration on selected objects as a means of investigating the patterns of human behaviour. Themes of the ephemeral and a sense of nostalgia run through my work as I explore traces left on objects by people who have since moved on, left or passed away.

Through the replication of deterioration onto other similar found objects I ask the question of what makes something valuable? Does society dictate this value or the individual? An object’s value is dependent on its ‘true nature’ which is determined by its relationship with people. People have personal attachments to objects, objects are ‘dialectal images’ by which we can mediate the course of time through. An object’s value is also dictated by its context within a particular cultural environment, as this changes so does the object’s value.

Therefore an object’s personal value and its cultural value can often be conflicting.

Within my working practice I seek to understand this dialogue between object, person and society.’

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