Pick of the Week 2016

February's Picks Selected by Rose Hatcher

February 22- 28


John Hansard Gallery
Until Saturday 16 April

This exhibition places side by side the little known drawings of Roland Barthes, with new projection works by Victor Burgin. The influence of Barthes on Burgin’s work is well documented, not least by Burgin himself. Equally, Burgin’s prominence as an artist and theorist concerned with text and image during the 1970s onwards offers a challenging dialogue with Barthes’ work.

'An exciting new exhibition of work by two of the bastions of contemporary art theory and conceptual practice. This exhibition looks to be a fascinating combination of drawing by Barthes and new moving image work by Burgin.'

Guest Editor, Rose Hatcher

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February 15-21

Claude Cahun: Beneath this Mask

Exeter Phoenix
Until Saturday 5 March

French photographer Claude Cahun (1894–1954) achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae. Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender.

'A fiercely individual outsider artist whose work has a new resonance in the age of instagram and mainstream gender fluidity. Claude Cahun used photography only as a medium to channel her performative artwork, exploring her own identity and the masks of gender and sexuality we all wear.' 

Guest Editor, Rose Hatcher

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February 8-14

Citadel by David Blandy

The Exchange
Saturday 13 February – Saturday 23 April

Hercules: Rough Cut explores empire, civilisation and language in a hypnotically rotating, mutating installation of video and voice. Alongside this, Fortress of Solitude is a celebration of popular culture with Blandy’s own archive of books, comics, records and videos.

'Fantastic to see something like this in the furthest corner of Cornwall. Blandy's work continues to be very relevant to our changing world of virtual bombardment and shifting identity.  Looking forward to the opportunity to be immersed in his multi-layered world.'

Guest Editor, Rose Hatcher

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February 1-7


Hardwick Gallery
Until Thursday 4 February

Patrick Lowry presents a full-size replica General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone.

'Patrick Lowry's often larger than life-size simulacra draw us into a questioning of our material aspirations. SURVEILLANCE has been an ambitious project which I find interesting because it focuses on the physical appearance of a somewhat Machiavellian technology currently changing our planet and perception.'

Guest Editor, Rose Hatcher

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What's On

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Sunday 15 March 2020

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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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