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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

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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.

 

 

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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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.

This week at the Link
October 24, 2011

This week the Link holds an exhibition by Lauren Taylor and Adrianne Brookes called ‘Stick it to the Fridge’. At one end of the gallery there is work from their primary school days, progressing to high school, then to current university work. The purpose is to see progression in theme, talent, skill and to see how they and their parents have edited their collection throughout the years as early curators of their work, keeping what they thought was best.

The Foyer space has been given over to some sculptural work, on one side is a piece by Sonny J. Barker, ‘Monument 2011’, a constellation in memory of his departed brother.

The other side of the Foyer sits Camel Art, a series of clay sculptures which the artists (James Hasker, Thomas Ferguson, James Ackerley and Hannah Davies) wish the audience to vote on the most successful pieces.

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S-Space continues
October 12, 2011

This week has seen many social experiments and information gathering in the space as the Link has been turned into S-Space. The work continues until Friday, keep up to date with the progress on the blog site and don’t forget to interact with the work and experiments!

The Link Gallery on Twitter!
October 7, 2011

Follow the Link Gallery on Twitter @MMULinkGallery

S Space 10th-15th October
October 7, 2011

A series of social experiments as The Link Gallery transforms into a creative lab. Opening event Monday 10th October at 3.30pm.

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.