Sunday, 26 February 2012

Cutting A Cake

rummet [format]:
Kristina Bengtsson och Katharina Kiebacher - Cutting a Cake

3 mars - 1 april

Besides the Écriture automatique, the 'automatic writing', the circle of the Surrealists used a second, lesser-known method of creative expression and inspiration. This second method was the technique of Cadavre Exquis whose macabre little translation is ‘exquisite corpse’. While the Écriture automatique can be utilised by one person, the Cadavre Exquis requires at least two or more. One person starts with a drawing or text, once ready the paper is folded, leaving a small part visible. The next person then continues unaware of the preceding component. This process is continued until the paper is completely covered. The result was always a surprising and unpredictable conglomerate, which was open to discussion and a variety of interpretations. In literature and visual art this method of dialogic work between several artists has been further developed since the 1920s, when Cadavre Exquis was still in its early stages. Since then the method has been adopted in various forms and has generated a variety of results of collaborative work.

The artist Kristina Bengtsson and Katharina Kiebacher have adopted this method of collaboration in their work Cutting a Cake presented at Rummet, Fotogalleri Format. The two artist present a book which was created over two years while living in different cities throughout Europe. Instead of collaborative drawing they used photographic images to create a chain of associations as a reflection of their particular view on photography. The piece is presented in bookform with 23 images which cover a whole range of photographic topics: Still life, portraiture, architecture and landscape. Bengtsson and Kiebacher worked mainly with images from their respective photo archives, with occasional images created specifically for the book. The English title Cutting a Cake, expresses the idea of a joint whole assembled from individual parts. But unlike a cake or a pie, every piece has a different flavour and follows a different recipe.

Kristina Bengtsson
(b 1979) is an artist based in Copenhagen. She studied at Glasgow School of Art. Katharina Kiebacher (b 1974) is an artist based in Berlin. She studied at Folkwangeschule, Essen, Germany and Glasgow School of Art.

Opening March 3rd 3pm - 6pm.

Wed-Fri: 3 pm - 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 1 pm - 4 pm

rummet [format]
Kulturhuset Mazetti,
Friisgatan 15 B
214 21 Malmö
tel: 040-239621

Laura Aldridge solo show at CCA

Underside, backside, inside, even

Thursday 16 February - Saturday 3 March 2012

11:00am - 6:00pm

CCA Glasgow

Laura Aldridge’s work moves freely between wall-based reliefs and sculptural installations, playing on the abilities of ‘collage’ to operate in two and three-dimensions. Her works use fabric, images (both photographic and silk-screened) and found objects to create installations that the artist describes as ‘expanded collage’. She often arranges elements of her works upon tables, low plinths or across gallery walls to bring ‘things’ together so that they might coalesce as a whole.

Underside, backside, inside, even is a series of new fabric sculptures, depicting oversized fabric pockets found on a variety of clothing, from pinafore dresses to the back pockets of jeans. Rendered and hand-stitched in great detail, larger than human scale and cut-out from their original context, these pockets become ‘things’, emphasising their potential to hold other objects or even the body. The sensory elements of Aldridge’s installations are important in setting up a relationship between ‘bodies’ to ‘objects’.

About Laura Aldridge
Laura Aldridge graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2006, spending an exchange at CALARTS, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include: Cairn, Pittenweem, Fife, 2011; Studio Voltaire, London, 2011 and Cats are not important at Transmission Gallery, 2011.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

G Kung - as in, as if, as such

Mirror Neurons

Current MFA student Scott Rogers is showing work as part of
Mirror Neurons
1 March - 20 May 2012
Preview Friday 2 March, 3-6pm
Artists' and Curator's Talk, 6.15pm

This group exhibition including work by Catherine Richards, Michael Snow, Scott Rogers and others, draws on ideas of scientific experimentation, media processing, and time delay. As part of 'AV Festival 12: As Slow As Possible', this exhibition lingers on how we perceive and are drawn in by artworks, both in terms of physical action and mental interaction. The title refers to the fact that with responsive art, we often watch how others interact with it, and mirror their behaviour, consciously or not. The works on view act to slow down our sense of perception, causing within us an awareness of both the time passing and our experience of it.

The exhibition’s key works include Catherine Richards’ I was scared to death / I could have died of joy featuring glass replicas of the brain, which react to your presence with pulses of electromagnetic light. Scott Rogers’ Between Nonesuch Place juxtaposes an actual non-functioning glass object; a ‘self-flowing flask’ with its virtual working counterpart. The exhibition also includes seminal work by Michael Snow among other projects by Simon Pope and Thomson & Craighead.

The National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland

Curated by Sarah Cook. Supported by CRUMB and The University of Sunderland

Monday, 13 February 2012



In the exhibition Polis, MFA graduate, Helen de Main presents a new body of work in printmaking and sculpture. The works appear as fragments and remnants of objects, building encounters between real or fictive events that have either just happened or are about to take place. These images and texts continue de Main’s concern with questioning power, movement and control through a series of dysfunctional calls to action.

Saturday 4 February - Saturday 18 February 2012

11:00am - 6:00pm

Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow

How to make a delicious tea

Current MFA student Federico del Vecchio (flip) has co-curated a new show in Toronto.

how to make a delicious tea II

flip presents a project in collaboration with:
Eloise Hawser (UK) Martin Soto Climent (Mexico)
Patrick Tuttofuoco (Italy) Per-Oskar Leu (Norway)
Lena Henke (Germany) Andrea Sala (Italy/Canada)
ART METROPOLE. Toronto. 18.02.2012 - 16.03.2012.
Opening Saturday Feb.18.
6:30pm - 9:30pm.
788 King St W.
Toronto, Canada

Saturday, 4 February 2012

New shows at the CCA, Glasgow

On Wednesday 15 February CCA will be hosting the previews for the last exhibition in their series of shorter projects, Underside, backside, inside, even by Laura Aldridge (MFA 2006) and the penultimate exhibition in the Vanguard series, Thinking Ourselves into Existence, curated by Psykick Dancehall.

6 - 8pm on Wednesday 15 February for drinks and a sneak peek.

Underside, backside, inside, even is a new series of fabric sculptures, depicting oversized
pockets found on a variety of clothing, from pinafore dresses to the back pockets of jeans.
Rendered and hand-stitched in great detail, larger than human scale and cut-out from their
original context, these pockets become ‘things’, emphasising their potential to hold other
objects or even the body.

Psykick Dancehall is Hannah Ellul (MFA 2010) and Ben Knight. They will use the Vanguard space to continue their ongoing discussions with musician, musicologist and record label founder Jon Marshall. What are the politics of experimental music and how can they be explored through interdisciplinary means? What new forms of collaboration might this provoke?

Centre for Contemporary Arts,
350 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow, G2 3JD

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Oliver Braid - My Five New Friends

Recent MFA graduate Oliver Braid has a new show opening in Liverpool.

//My Five New Friends//

With It’s Our Playground

Featuring new commissions by: David Hoyle & Lee Baxter, Maayke Schurer, Patrick Staff, Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould, Tether

Private View: Friday 3rd February 6.00pm-9.00pm

Exhibition runs: Saturday 4th February – Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Exhibition open: Wednesday - Sunday 12-6.00pm

The Royal Standard, Liverpool

MFA students - Zurich show

Two current MFA students, Rachal Bradley and Matthew Richardson, are in a group show at Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich which opens very soon.