Saturday, 30 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Some Domestic Incidents
An Exhibition of New Painting from Britain
For Prague Biennale 5
Anna M R Freeman
image by Anna M R Freeman
For most people in the developed world, most of the time, home is a place where we can be at ease – a personal space shared with partners, family and friends. It is a site of sanctuary from the world outside, for everyday activities such as sleeping, cooking a meal, reading, watching a film or raising a family. While many of us are fortunate to live in houses and apartments where we are happy and can relax, we all experience things in our homes that adversely affect our physical, psychological and emotional relationships with the places in which we live. This might be a burglary, an argument, the death of a loved one, an accident or a visit from the bailiffs.
For others, home is a place that is constantly oppressive and filled with melancholy, loneliness or misery – a site of entrapment, discomfort or abuse. Some Domestic Incidents presents works by seven artists from Britain that connect to the theme of domesticity and explore how normative relationships with homes can be changed or damaged, and has been curated by Matt Price assisted by Charlie Levine for the fifth edition of the Prague Biennale, spring/summer 2011.
Friday, 8 April 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Preview: 15th April 2011 6-9pm
Including live performance by They Are Here 6-9pm
& screenings of videos by Helen Walker (of They Are Here) at 8.30pm
Hu, 2005 (2m 39s) / Ballet Practice, 2009 (2m 26s) / Parkesine, 2011 (approx 3mins)
Closing event: Sat 30th April 2011 7pm
Red Desert (1964) Michelangelo Antonioni (120mins)
Open: Fridays and Saturdays 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th April 2011 1-5pm
& by appointment, email info@TROVE.org.uk for further information
TROVE, Newhall Square, 144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 1RZ
Donning metaphorical lab coats and overalls, Alastair Levy and collective-practice They Are Here will instigate a series of experiments and interventions inspired by the industrial, scientific and architectural legacy of the exhibition space: a former science and industry museum (1951 – 1997) and prior to that Elkington’s silver electroplating factory, the first of its kind in the world (built in 1838).
Inspired by notions of chemical reactions, manufacture and associative words: catalyst, conductive surface, the striking method, plating, gold, silver etc, the artists seek to explore how these ‘key words’ might become manifest in an artistic process that reacts to site and situation.
Significantly the opportunity to present work arose through a failed funding application that would have seen an alternative set of artists in-residence had it been successful. An attitude of expediency and rapid response has been pushed to the fore, necessitated by the development of ideas and work that began only thirteen days before the scheduled opening. This limited window of opportunity resonates with future of the site itself, scheduled to be converted into an office unit later this summer. This context has been embraced as a creative challenge to making work - hopefully encapsulating the spirit of efficiency and elegance of Victorian engineering.