Wednesday 4th May 2011 Art Walk Schedule

We’re adding a new venue this month, finishing off at Wild Pansy Press Project Space at Leeds University. It is quite a long walk this time but we will be rewarded with 3 fantastic exhibitions.

AMENDMENT: It was previously advertised that we would be attending the launch of ‘Writing (the) Space’, this was an error. The project opens on 4th but there is not a specific launch event. However, following the walk we can head down the road to 153 Woodhouse lane for  ‘No Sharp Objects,’ a one night only student exhibition.

5.30 – PSL: Hunter Gatherer
6.15 – Henry Moore Institute: Dead Calm
7.00 – Wild Pansy Press Project Space: Writing (the) Space plus 7.30 – No Sharp Objects: 153 Woodhouse Lane.

Meet at PSL [Project Space Leeds] at 5.30pm. Leeds Art Walk is free and open to all, booking is not required.

For more information contact: ameliacrouch@hotmail.com

More on the exhibitions

Hunter Gatherer

Nine artists from across the North of England have been invited to create new work in response to Artemis, an amazing collection of over 10,000 objects relating to world cultures, fine and applied art, science, natural history, textiles and costume, social history, childhood and more. Based in Holbeck, Leeds, the collection forms an art loan service for Education Leeds to which artists have been given exclusive access.

The title of the show ‘Hunter Gatherer’ refers to a term used by anthropologists to describe the way in which human beings collected food before the advent of agriculture. Here it references the artists and the processes they have employed to sift through the vast Artemis collection. The resulting works include sculpture, installation, film, prints and drawing which form part static exhibition and part on-going project within the space.

http://huntergathererpsl.tumblr.com/

Dead Calm: Jean-Marc Bustamante

Born in Toulouse in 1952, Bustamante has been a significant figure in the international art world since the mid-1980s, through his work and teaching. This exhibition, made especially for the Henry Moore Institute, brings together two areas of his practice, and explores the relationship between photography and sculpture.

Bustamante’s early work aspired to give photography the status of painting and can be compared to others of his generation – such as Jeff Wall and Thomas Struth – who deployed larger formats and new strategies to edge photography up the established hierarchy. Having given his photographs new scale and grandeur in his ‘Grands Formats’, Bustamante moved to give it weight and volume.  This development was clearly registered in work he made for the two villas designed by architect Mies van der Rohe in Germany’s industrial heartland, where bland photographs of industrial hinterlands were presented in frames of precious wood and integrated into carefully designed pieces of furniture.

These works have an ambiguous relationship with the functional and draw on established vocabularies of art and design. Despite their coolness and apparent detachment, the exhibition and accompanying text suggest that these works bring us close to something morbid; to the cemetery or tomb.  Empty spaces – photographs of the abandoned breeze-block building foundations of summer villas and pools, boxes or frames – have intimations which go beyond the purely aesthetic.

Bustamante’s clear, direct vision is characterised by an extraordinary ordinariness that allows us see its subject, the natural and the built worlds around us, in a new way. Whether object or image, Bustamante’s works operate as holes in our perception.  The exhibition’s title, Dead Calm, derives from the artist’s predilection for the fine days of summer, and links to the idea of a final resting place.

Writing (the) Space

WRITING (the) SPACE is an exhibition and event series that explores Charles Olson’s unique poetics of writing in contemporary performance related practice – in particular, the possibilities of performance writing in spatial and physical terms.  http://open-dialogues.blogspot.com/2011/03/writing-space.html

No Sharp Objects

For one night only, No Sharp Objects invites you to enter its own, distinct
environments. Acting as metaphors for structures in the art world and in wider society, these environments employ a variety of media and forms, from painting to installation to live performance, in order to create an exhibition that will define and explore the concept of boundaries. Created by a group of Leeds-based artists, No Sharp Objects takes apart and examines ideas of movement, access and privilege in a selection of situations created for you to experience.

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