Wednesday 4 June 2014, Art Walk schedule

5.30pm The Tetley Ben Cain: Down Time & Rachel Adams: How to Live in a Flat
6.30pm Henry Moore Institute D’Arcy Thompson’s on Growth and Form
7.00pm Leeds Art Gallery Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture (book launch)

Meet at The Tetley (Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ) at 5.30pm, or join us at any of the venues along the way. We have something a bit different this month, finishing off at Leeds Art Gallery for the launch of a new book, edited by Patrick Eyres and James Lomax, details below.

For more information contact Gill at Pavilion: gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718

More about the exhibitions:

Ben Cain: Down Time

As part of A New Reality: Part 2, this exhibition of new sculpture, film and performance works explores ideas around what ‘work’ is, or has become, utilising work-related paraphernalia from the past. In moments of ‘down-time’ energy-generating systems produce excess energy that is stored for later use. Cain would like to consider waste production and non-productive activity in relation to self-preservation – examining acts which might be knowingly futile (in that they realise or manifest nothing in terms of material output) but nevertheless provide a sense of engagement with the production of the material world.

Anchored by two sculptural installations in the first floor Atrium and gallery spaces, artworks within Down Time will relocate around The Tetley, be replaced and be added to over the course of the project. The project incorporates a series of events exploring these themes.

Rachel Adams: How to Live in a Flat

Expanding upon her interest in modernist furniture design, the artist will show a series of new sculptural works which examine the motifs and contradictions of the highly functional furniture design of the 1930s, the era from which The Tetley building dates. Adams lives and works in Glasgow and this is her first solo show in a large-scale institution in the UK.

Adams will ‘move-in’ to her exhibition space between the 12th of May, returning at weekends throughout the project to ‘re-arrange’ the show, adding and removing artworks as she deciphers how best to inhabit the exhibition space. Guest artists will also be invited by Adams to re-design, animate and ‘live’ in the exhibition space over the course of the project.

D’Arcy Thompson’s on Growth and Form

In 1917, the mathematical biologist, zoologist and Classics scholar D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) published On Growth and Form, a poetic and mathematical study of scale, gravity, order and process. This book lodged itself within the consciousness of twentieth-century sculpture. Henry Moore turned to Thompson’s work while studying in Leeds in 1919 and Richard Hamilton, who took the title for his 1951 landmark exhibition at London’s ICA, declared On Growth and Form ‘charged my batteries for a number of years’.

This Gallery 4 exhibition presents a selection of Thompson’s teaching models that are held in the collection of the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee. The display includes intricate glass models of jellyfish made in the Dresden Blaschka studio and a series of brightly coloured plaster models of the growth of a primitive vertebrate. These forms Thompson discussed in On Growth and Form, along with soap bubbles, eggs, elephant skulls and narwhal horns. Alongside these models are four ‘Transformation’ drawings made by Henry Moore in the 1930s. Held in the collection of The Henry Moore Foundation, these show the influence of Thompson on Moore’s sculptural thinking, specifically his Theory of Transformations. Here he proposed that physical forces could cause a transformation from one species into another based on mathematical principles. The diagrams that Thompson created to demonstrate this have become among the most iconic images of their type, and they are included in On Growth and Form, which can be found in our Research Library.

Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin, The Hague and at Wentworth Castle

James Lomax will introduce this new book, generated by Temple Newsam’s acquisition of Lord Raby’s fabled silver cistern (or wine cooler). Exquisitely crafted, the cistern was created in 1705-06 as part of the ambassadorial silver dinner service when he was appointed to the Prussian Court in Berlin. Subsequently, as ambassador to the Dutch Republic (1711-14), he co-negotiated the momentous Peace of Utrecht.

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