4 March 2009 Art Walk schedule

Join us for the second Leeds Art Walk, a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow art lovers whilst experiencing the very best of the visual arts in Leeds.

17:30 Leeds Met Gallery: Perhaps Nothing, Perhaps Something

18:00 Leeds Art Gallery: Rank. Picturing the social order1615-2009

18:20 Henry Moore Institute  Asta Gröting Sculpture: 1987-2008 & Box, Body, Burial: The sculptural imagination of Keith Arnatt.

19:10 Something Visual, St. John’s Church.

Meet at Leeds Met Gallery at 17:30. For more information contact Gill Howard: 0113 242 5100 or gill@pavilion.org.uk.

More about the exhibitions:

Perhaps Nothing, Perhaps Something
Featuring: Samantha Donnelly, Cornelia Parker, Paul Rooney, Rachel Whiteread, Katy Woods and Chris Wright.

Perhaps Nothing, Perhaps Something offers viewers a glimpse of the invisible. Sculpture, sound and video installations examine and make the intangible tangible, celebrate the latency of objects, and draw attention to the in-between. These moments of apparent nothingness, spaces and rests are not without value and provide a crucial balance to the actual.

Perhaps Nothing, Perhaps Something also offers the region the chance to enjoy works rarely seen outside London, including Cornelia Parker’s gravity defying ‘Neither From Nor Towards’.

Rank: Picturing The Social Order 1615-2009

This fascinating and unusual exhibition, which looks at how artists have pictured the shape of society from Renaissance times to the present, opens its UK tour at Leeds Art Gallery.  A society without stratification is barely imaginable, but how do we picture our own system of hierarchies, of difference? British writers, political theorists and artists have used numerous images to picture ‘who we are’: describing us through  ‘orders’, ‘estates’, ‘classes’, ‘stations’, ‘degrees’, or ‘ranks’. But only this latter term has kept the same meaning over six centuries. With over 100 exhibits, new work from leading contemporary artists and the presentation of new social research from academics and government agencies.

Asta Gröting Sculpture: 1987-2008

Twenty years ago Asta Gröting’s glass sculptures of human entrails caused a stir and were exhibited all over Europe. Twenty years later, after a ten-year period working across other media, Gröting is again making objects. This exhibition is not only her first solo show in the UK, but also the first retrospective of the sculptural production of this highly individualistic artist.

This exhibition features pieces selected by Gröting herself, from both the early and latter parts of her career to date. Together in a gallery the works look at first like mysterious props left scattered across a stage, as if they might have a role within a larger and unspecified narrative. From early works about the interior of the human body – for instance the enormously enlarged inner ear of her ‘Orientierungsapparat’ [Orientation Device] – to later works expressive of how the outside of the body connects to its interior – such as the recently completed ‘Space in between two people having sex’ – there is a constant thread which is all about the thinking body. Other recent works, including ‘Acker’ [Soil], ‘Kartoffeln’ [Potatoes] and ‘Feuerstelle’ [Fireplace], return the viewer to the basic conditions necessary for human survival: earth, food and warmth.

Box, Body, Burial: The sculptural imagination of Keith Arnatt.

Keith Arnatt (1930-2008) is best known for his conceptual photographic work from the late 1960s and early 70s and his subsequent documentary photography of people and objects in the landscape, but this exhibition shows that his artistic roots are also firmly grounded in sculpture. Through his preoccupations with the box, body and burial in the early part of his career, Arnatt challenged sculptural convention long before he was seen as a photographer.

Provisional schedule for Wednesday 1st April:
17:30 Pavilion: Photoplasm by Kevin Newark.
18:00 PSL: Morphic Resonance
18:30 arts @ trinity (tbc)
19:00 the artmarket

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