Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Now For Tomorrow II, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham

Guise, 2015

Now for Tomorrow II 
30 January – 17 April 2016

Marion Adnams, Craigie Aitchison, Phyllida Barlow, Helena Ben-Zenou, Melanie Bilenker, Richard Billingham, Jon Burgerman, Helen Chadwick, Louisa Chambers, Alice Channer, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Giovanni Corvaja, Craig Fisher, Tina Hage, Tristram Hillier, Permindar Kaur, Christina Mackie, Nick Mobbs, Anne Morrell, Yelena Popova, Bettina Speckner, Ian Stephenson, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Shizuka Yokomizo.

When Nottingham Castle first opened as the ‘Midland Counties Art Museum’ in 1878, it began straightaway to collect art and craft by artists living and working at that time. Work was drawn together from near and far, including the 1878 Paris Exhibition, in order to inspire and delight local people.

This approach to collecting the art of our time for today’s and future generations has continued. Now for Tomorrow II looks at some of the contemporary art and craft acquired by Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery since 2010, thanks to the support of individuals, funders and charitable trusts such as the Art Fund, Contemporary Art Society and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Before any new work is acquired, consideration is given to how it will sit alongside the existing collection, making connections across time and between different media and disciplines. The recent contemporary acquisitions are therefore shown here in the company of mid to late 20th century works that place the new arrivals in a wider context.

Just as in 1878, artists today are interested in landscape, the body, the human condition and pushing the boundaries of what art can be – yet they approach these subjects with new eyes, in different ways. For example, the exhibition invites visitors to compare Marion Adnams’ line drawing of a young woman, with a brooch by Melanie Bilenker, in which the outline of a woman is created with strands of the artist’s hair. Thomas Joshua Cooper’s photographs of landscapes in Derbyshire and Shropshire from the 1970s show a fascination with the details of landscape, in trees, rocks, light and shadow. Similar interests can be seen in Christina Mackie’s references to the Australian landscape in her sculptural work The Judges III.

Now for Tomorrow II: Private View, Friday 29 January, 6 – 8pm

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
Tel: 0115 876400

Monday, 11 January 2016

Lift, London Arts Board, Peckham/Camberwell, London

Painting by Louisa Chambers
16th January to 16th February 2016

Lift is a painting from an ongoing series of works by the artist Louisa Chambers that incorporates a simple paper folded form. Focusing on how a folded shape can be transfigured at speed from a temporary structure (three dimensional) into a flat two dimensional space (painting and drawing). Each form can be squashed again, folded, opened, reconfigured and recorded. Coloured patterned tessellations that are on the surface of the paper suggest other spaces, angles and areas of illusion. She is interested in how the marked painted surface can be perceived as a spatial element and how this can interact with figures that are situated in the foreground in a painting. These depicted idiosyncratic shapes and scenes often have been assembled in the artwork to make anthropomorphic forms teetering between abstraction and figuration.

Appropriated references derive from everyday sources, which can be from observation or images that she have retrieved from the internet. This produces juxtaposition between the handmade aesthetic of painting contrasting the instant accessibility of the digital image. Often these invented forms make reference to science fiction, architectonics and landscapes, presenting alternative visual and virtual worlds where structures govern out society and technology rules.

Louisa graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She has exhibited her work throughout the UK and has been a finalist in competitions such as Nottingham Castle Open 2015, Nottingham Castle Museum (Purchase Prize Winner, Nottingham 2015), Creekside Open, APT Gallery (London 2015), Zeitgeist Open (London 2012) and John Moores 25 at the Walker Art Gallery in (Liverpool 2008). 

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

If a pair is two, what is three? Part 1 - In the Paravent curated by Niki Russell and Craig Fisher, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

Artwork by Michael Forbes
In the Paravent, The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Curated by Craig Fisher and Niki Russell

Housed within a purpose-built display structure, In the Paravent brings together a range of small-scale work produced by artists working in and connected with activity in Nottingham. Drawings, paintings and a range of other objects sit within the Paravent, and the individual shelves are mirrored by cut-out sections of the walls of the gallery that frame further works. This installation made up of many parts, offers an insight into the diverse breadth of contemporary art being produced within the studios, galleries and project spaces of Nottingham today.
Frank Abbott, Bruce Asbestos, Rob Van Beek, Rebecca Beinart, Jackie Berridge, Aimee Bollu, Wayne Burrows, Louisa Chambers, Lotti V Closs, Sean Cummins, Neil Dixon, Blue Firth, Craig Fisher, Rob Flint, Lynn Fulton, Sam Hewland, Candice Jacobs, Jake Kent, Beth Kettel, Nick Mobbs, Rebecca Ounstead, Alex Pain, Yelena Popova, Martin Rayment, Derek Sprawson, Debra Swann, Oliver Tirré.

For more information about the exhibition please visit the website here