Left: A Frame, George Eksts. Wall drawing with hand-dyed cotton ribbon, wooden bobbins.
Right: Three State Solution, 2012, George Eksts. Iron flagpoles, silk flag. Courtesy the artist. Courtesy the artist
13 August – 30 September 2015
Preview: Wednesday 12 August 2015, 6 – 8pm
George Eksts is an artist using video, printmaking, drawing and sculpture to explore ideas of progress, completion, time and the temporary. In this exhibition, Eksts will show a combination of pre-existing works and new work developed for the gallery during a studio residency. As suggested by the show's title, the emphasis will be on making and breaking connections between multiple works and the meaning generated by ordering and reordering within a modular system.
Exhibiting artist George Eksts will give a talk about his practice and the new pieces created during his residency, on Tuesday 22 September, 5 - 6pm. Book online
Yet, 2005, Adam Chodzko. Production still from single screen video. Courtesy the artist.
Design for a Fold
16 October – 21 November 2015
Preview: Thursday 15 October 2015, 6 – 8pm
Adam Chodzko’s art explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. Working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm, his work investigates and invents the possibilities of collective imagination through using the poetics of everyday life. By wondering how, through the visual, we might best engage with the existence of others he reveals the realities that emerge from the search for this knowledge.
Design for a Fold is a new installation mapping place time and community from Chodzko’s continued engagement with Kent and the people who form its communities. Proposing a new understanding of Kent, the viewer is invited to revisit these communities and their place creating new connections between shared spaces, collective mythology and imagination within the context of Chodzko’s practice.
This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Elephant Trust.
Adam Chodzko will be in conversation with Dr. Andy Birtwistle, Director of The Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University, on Thursday 15 October. On Tuesday 27 October, Hannah Conroy, Curator of Folkestone Artworks, will give a talk on Adam Chodzko’s practice in relation to place. More information, and to book.
26 - 28 November 2015
Inside/Outside is an installation and performance for three musicians based on a concept by Nguyen Thanh Thuy. Adopting a gender perspective on how traditional Vietnamese music is presented in Vietnamese TV shows, the installation relays musical fragments and stories told by the individual musicians, that place their performance against a tension between traditional Vietnamese culture and a globalized society.
In this captivating live performance installation, performers dressed in traditional costumes question the cultural norm. Premiering for the first time in the UK, music by The Six Tones (Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Ngo Tra My, Stefan Östersjö) and Matt Wright, build layer upon layer of material from two traditional Vietnamese pieces, with accompanying choreography by Marie Fahlin, is based on analysis of gesture in Vietnamese TV shows.
The installation is presented with support from the Swedish Research Council.
Image: Copse, 2011, Alastair Mackie. Courtesy the artist.
9 December 2015 – 30 January 2016
Preview: Tuesday 8 December 2015, 6 – 8pm
Alastair Mackie’s practice explores states of being, often disrupting the order of nature’s processes into new systems which reference both the natural and unnatural worlds and their meeting points. This exhibition survey’s five key works from the artist’s recent practice showcasing Mackie’s seminal 2011 Copse installation, an alluring and uncanny plantation of pine trees, trimmed and positioned on turned ends throughout the gallery space. Alongside this sit House, 2008, a haunting facsimile of a dolls house fabricated from reconstituted wasps nests to his more recent 2014 Canopy and 2015 Mud Form sculptures. In his work is a richness in methodology and ambiguity which positions Alastair Mackie as one of the most interesting sculptors practicing in the UK today.
Born in 1977, Mackie has shown extensively in the UK and internationally, including exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Venice Biennale and the Reykjavik Art Museum. He has worked on a number of public commissions including Mimetes Anon, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society for the Economist Plaza in St. James’ – London in 2009. His work is held in collections including: The Olbricht Collection – Berlin, the Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, and the Wellcome Collection – London.
Image: House, 2008, Alastair Mackie. Wasp nests, steel and glass base. Courtesy the artist.
Exhibiting artist Alistair Mackie will be in conversation with theorist Kath Abiker on Tuesday 8 December, 5 - 6pm. Book online
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