Pick of the Week 2014

February's Picks Selected By Claire Carroll

February 24 - March 2

Alt Üst, Cevdet Erek

Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX
Until Sunday 13 April

Trained in architecture and sound design, Cevdet Erek (1974) is a visual artist and musician based in Istanbul. He is also the drummer in avant-garde rock band Nekropsi, known for their distinctive blend of doom metal and Arab folk.

February's Guest Editor Claire Carroll says:

'It’s my last week to choose – February is always a surprisingly short month, and with Foreground’s next exhibition getting ready to launch, it’s going to be tricky to see much this weekend. But later on, when things are less hectic, I’m going to check out the Alt Üst, the Spike Island installation by Cevdet Erek, for no reason other than to be totally consumed by cavernous sound and space'.

Find out more here.

February 17-23

New Growth No.3, Richard Woods

ICIA, University of Bath campus. Solsbury Court, near East Car Park
Until Friday 30 May 2014
Reception: Thursday 20 February, 13:00 - 14:00

An ICIA 4th Gallery Public Art Commission

Richard Woods is renowned for his signature architectural transformations, paintings and sculpture that fold the history of decorative arts, functional design and graphic language into intoxicatingly witty plays with image and surface.

Claire Carroll our Guest Editor explains:

'Time is very short this week, but I’m going to make sure I see Richard Woods’ New Growth No.3, a vast work which has appeared on an expanse of hoardings masking a construction site from the block of student halls opposite.

'Woods’ work is instantly recognisable, with bright, bold, obsessive patterning cladding floors, walls objects and furniture. We had a floor at Rook Lane a few years ago. I like this idea of a Woods-clad construction site - the idea leads to a Woods’ clad world where not only walls and floors in important spaces are covered in his patterns, but everyday surfaces too - public toilets, the underneath of cars and shoes,  and temporary hoardings'.

Find out more here.

February 10-16

Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot.

Exeter Phoenix
Until Saturday 15 March 2014

An exhibition showcasing contemporary artists’ interpretations of the classic Tarot de Marseille deck of cards.

Our Guest Editor, Claire Carroll says:

'This week I want to go and see Outrageous Fortune -  a Hayward touring show which originated  in South End’s Focal Point Gallery and on display at Exeter Phoenix.

'There is a ritual in the production of this show: Tarot cards were drawn at random for 78 artists, who were selected from a broad range of disciplines. The artists were then asked for their interpretation of that card, but had to stick to a prescribed format. This is a game – pick a card, remake the card, use your imagination – with strange consequences: the collection as a whole carries a lurid sense of foreboding, depicted in acid trip illustrations and collages from Suzanne Treister and Mike Nelson, oblique photography from Cerith Wyn Evan and Allan Kane, and a design for the reverse of each card by Susan Hiller, where faces peers out from a psychedelic smog.

'Tarot cards are used to predict the future, and this exhibition seems to predict a type of apocalypse which is both banal and surreal – with half-drunk glasses of wine, blocks of bright colour and creepy faces from magazines. In a region currently beset equally by extreme weather and the consequential media circus, this show seems like a good place to escape the real apocalypse on a wet afternoon.'

Find out more about this event here.



February 3-9

The Golden Space City of God, Richard Grayson

OSR Project Space
Until Sunday 09 February 2014
Opening hours: Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 - 17:00, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00, or by appointment

The Golden Space City of God by Richard Grayson, the first solo exhibition to be held at the OSR Project Space by a major international artist, is a large-scale video installation with sound featuring a choral work performed by a 26 piece choir.

February's Guest Editor, Claire Carroll explains:

'Historical community buildings in small towns are a recurring theme for me – working out of two heritage buildings in Frome. There is a recurring curatorial challenge in historic buildings; their architecture often working at odds to a visual programme.  So I was really excited to hear about Richard Grayson's The Golden Space City of God, the latest exhibition from OSR projects as it seemed like an intriguing setting for this 2009 work.

'This video installation features a 26 piece choir performing The Golden Space City of God, a choral work composed by the artist and Leo Chadburn with a libretto that narrates the apocalypse as described on a (now defunct) website for “The Family” an American cult most prevalent in the late 1960s – 1990s.  Recorded in San Antonio, Texas and now exhibited in The Old School Room, formerly the hub of village life in West Coker, the choral arrangement is beautifully performed and strangely at odds with the conspiracy theory / apocalypse-themed words, which appear in their absurdity as subtitles in the installation. It’s exciting that this piece has travelled to Somerset – I like the possibilities in the relationship between the intense macro-religion of a Texas cult, and a former village hall in West Coker. Certainly worth a trip into the countryside.'

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Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

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Thursday 14 March 2019 – Sunday 08 March 2020

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