30 September — 28 October 2012
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Solid on Our Source Planet includes work by a group of artists who took part in a recent Escalator residential retreat at Wysing: Annabelle Craven-Jones, Mat Do, Clare Gasson, Claire Hope, Glen Jamieson, Kit Poulson, Kari Rittenbach, Florian Roithmayr and Alan Stanners. The exhibiting artists initially came to our rural site during the retreat which was developed in collaboration with artist Mark Titchner, to explore ideas on the subject of ‘the self’. The title, Solid on Our Source Planet stems from a line in the poem Only Alive Now by the Reiki Master Joy Magezis, who came on the retreat to provide reiki sessions with the artists.
Subsequently, the artists have formed an informal, evolving collective. In this exhibition, works by the individual artists, in a range of media including sculpture, moving image and painting, will be presented in a context of discussion and reflection alongside documentary material of the group’s activities and future plans. The exhibition is part of our ongoing Wysing Arts Contemporary series and all work is for sale. In addition, the artists have created an editioned print especially for the exhibition, which can be bought online click here
Annabelle Craven-Jones was born in Gloucestershire and studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Chelsea College of Art, London. Her work locates universal thought processes within the wider context of today’s increased therapy culture and that of ‘emotionalism.’ She has exhibited widely and recently received an Arts Council Grant for the Arts award which included the solo show PROPOSAL FOR MINDSCAPE (neuroAESTHETIC) at Cruise&Callas, Berlin (2011). She also curates a peripatetic performance event THE SOCIALISATION PROJECT. She is represented by Cruise&Callas, Berlin..
Mat Do lives and works between Southend-on-Sea and London. Working across a range of media including film and video, digital print and performance, his practice explores ideas of ambition and reinvention at odds with the physical and psychological topography it inhabits. Solo projects include ‘Florence Mine’, Egremont, Cumbria (ongoing),‘Grizedale Arts’, Coniston, Cumbria (2011), ‘The ties that bind us are stronger than ever’, AND/OR Gallery, London (2010) and ‘Incommunicado FM’, Site Gallery, Sheffield (2008). Future collaborations include The National Trust & Petworth House, Sussex and The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool.
Clare Gasson lives in London. Her practice originates from text – her own and those she finds on the walls of a city or in files in an archive. She works in a variety of ways: from working with the voice, performance, film, photography, posters, sculpture, city walks to writing scripts and scores. Recent exhibitions and performances include ICA, Turner Contemporary, South London Gallery, Tramway, Arnolfini Gallery.
Claire Hope is based in Leeds, pursuing a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the University. She is interested in exploring how ambivalent experiences of the human psyche, shared visual culture and flows of capital, may relate to opposing individual and collective desires to objectify, control and fix human experience. She has exhibited internationally for 12 years; recently showing a LUX commissioned video, being listed as one of ‘100 Artists to Watch’ in Modern Painters magazine, screening work in progress at David Dale Gallery and participating in the retreat on ‘The Self’ and Open Weekend at Wysing Arts Centre.
Glen Jamieson is an artist photographer who lives and works in Norwich. The problem of landscape’s reluctance to conform to depiction, and the photograph’s unreliability to truthfully depict, is at the core of Jamieson’s work. Recent publications and exhibitions include A Matter of Distance, (Ordinary Culture, 2012), Suspicions of a Peninsula Town (YH485 Press, 2010) and In Search of the Hometown, (YH485, Great Yarmouth Seafront TV, 2009. He is a steering committee member at OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich (January 2011 - present).
Kit Poulson is interested in conversation, in matter and mutter, in negotiation. Much of his work has been concerned with an exploration of how we use the static as the recognition and apprehension of vitality. He works with a variety of media, particularly painting and installation. He frequently collaborates, and this reflects an interest in thought as a performance and a concrete happening. In these collaborations he has worked at various points with sound, music, sculpture, dance, text. He recently published a book (The Ice Cream Empire, Bookworks).
Kari Rittenbach is a critic and curator based in New York. She organizes small-scale curatorial projects as primary work surface.
Florian Roithmayr lives in London. His work often refers to a particular experience of environments as actualized manifestations or testing-sites for abstract ideas. Past, present and future exhibitions include Vilma Gold Gallery, New Contemporaries, Extra City, The Approach Gallery, Grazer Kunstverein, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein.
Alan Stanners trained at Glasgow School of Art. His work poses questions and sets out manifestos, exploring the legacy of surrealism, through bold abstract paintings and texts. He has exhibited widely including solo exhitions at CCA Glasgow (2012), Outpost, Norwich (2011) and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2010).