Pick of the Week 2013

November's Picks Selected by Matt Burrows

25 November - 1 December

Log Suite, David Mackintosh

WORKS|PROJECTS, Sydney Row, Bristol, BS1 6UU
Saturday 16 November 2013 – Friday 20 December 2013
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 - 17:00

For Log Suite David Mackintosh has engaged with a distinctly new material to create his first sculpture that shares the same spirit as his signature gouache drawings.

Guest Editor Matt Burrows says:

'For my final week's pick as guest editor I love the look of David Mackintosh's Log Suite at Bristol's WORKS|PROJECTS. A series of sculptures that are also kind of drawings and are naïve but also kind of minimal, they appear to operate in a kind of theatrical installation that also serves as a platform for sound/performance work from his art band Die Kunst. What's not to kind of like about that? 

'And while you're there, why not pop round the corner to Spike Island's David Batchelor show, Flatlands - a chance to brighten up the approaching gloom of winter with lesser–known, but equally colourful drawings and paintings, from the artist best known for sculptures made from towering, illuminated and colour filled industrial detritus.

'If you are at the easterly end of the region however, you can also hear sculptor Claire Barclay in discussion with a Punch & Judy man, a professor of something, and the director of Glasgow's CCA at The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. Yes, a Punch & Judy man - how cool is that? Will he use his squeaky voice throughout?

'I know that's three picks, but it's my last week and I'm in charge. Thanks for having me.'

Find out more about the event here.



18 - 24 November

After the Enlightenment, Kit Poulson

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, Exeter, Devon EX4 6LZ
Until Saturday 11 January 2014
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 - 17:30

New works by Kit Poulson including painting, audio and assemblage that stem from the artist’s fascination with the aftermath of the vision.

Matt Burrows our Guest Editor, explains:

'Kit Poulson's exhibition After the Enlightenment here at Exeter Phoenix brings together some truly extraordinary paintings and short stories, in the form of audio and book works. Multi-layered is an oft-over-used phrase when describing exhibitions but is completely apt in this instance. Poulson's paintings are built up over repeated, overlapping painting 'episodes' each of which exposes traces of its predecessor, often on a journey from delicate representation towards expressive, abstracted and physical handling of paint. They are paintings that give themselves up slowly, rewarding a repeated look and a second visit. A shifting sense of art historical reference rubs shoulders with absurdist humour, ice cream baroque and an interest in metaphysics.'

Find out more about the event here.


11 - 17 November

SS Blue Jacket

KARST, 22 George Place, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3NY
Until Sunday 17 November 2013

Curated by Simon Bayliss & Lucy Stein

Left at the helm, long after the Captain of SS Blue Jacket had retired to his wife below deck, the First Mate became infatuated by an arousing light at sea...

Guest Editor, Matt Burrows says:

'This week I very much like the sound of SS Blue Jacket, curated by Simon Bayliss & Lucy Stein at KARST in Plymouth. An intriguing premise bringing together an intriguing collection of artists - bed-fellows that one wouldn't necessarily expect to see together. Erotically charged local mythologies are explored, primarily through the prism of painting – and all blowing in on a stiff South Westerly breeze! 

'Always a pleasure to see work by Merlin James who is rubbing shoulders here with Beryl Cook, Peter Lanyon, Shana Moulton, Lucy Stein, Edward Stein, Robert Lenkiewicz, Simon Bayliss, Simon Fujiwara.'

Find out more about the event here.


4 - 10 November

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2013

Spike Island and off-site at 8 Millennium Promenade, Bristol, BS1 5TY
Until Sunday 10 November 2013

Bloomberg New Contemporaries is one of the most renowned platforms for emerging artists in the UK.

November's Guest Editor, Matt Burrows says:

'For my first pick of this weeks VASW listings I have chosen Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Spike Island, Bristol. Now in its final week in the South West before moving on to London's ICA, its a great opportunity to see a broad slice of contemporary practice from recent graduates from UK art schools while you still can! Selected by a diverse panel of artists, Nathaniel Mellors, Chantal Joffe and Ryan Gander, it's a mixed bag that gives a great snapshot of what young artists are thinking about and working with and how emerging practices are developing.

'Look out for Fatma Bucak's video work 'Blessed Are You Who Come' and Kate Hawkins'  pared back painting/sculpture hybrids.'

Find out more about the event here.

What's On

Family Saturdays

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Jon England: Hour Hands

Market House Museum, 32 Swain St, Watchet TA23 0AD

Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Friday 08 November 2019

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

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