Moving/Image: group exhibition of new and recent video work

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Four Cornwall-based artists – Stacey Guthrie, Fiona Léus-Lambert, Christina Romero Cross and Frances Walsh – will be showing new and recent work in a group show at CMR Gallery, Redruth, open from Sunday 26 April to 03 May, 12.00-17.00 daily.

The show, entitled Moving/Image, is a selection of new and recent work that utilises video, sculpture and installation.

Three of the artists – Stacey Guthrie, Christina Romero Cross and Frances Walsh – are recent graduates of Falmouth University, where they studied Fine Art. Stacey Guthrie’s work has recently been shown at Newlyn Art Gallery as part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show. Fiona Léus Lambert is an established artist, based in Porthleven, who has shown widely in Germany and the UK. Both she and Frances Walsh have been members of artist-led CMR Gallery for several years.

A grant from Arts Council England for new video work has supported the exhibition.

The work of Christina Romero Cross engages with the miniature and the interior. Romero Cross has described how she is ‘endlessly fascinated by secret chambers and unexpected views of the otherwise hidden, like a glimpse through imperfectly closed curtains to the interior of a life unknown’.

The interactive video installation being shown by Stacey Guthrie is a new piece that explores the cumulative effect of menial work over time. Employing her signature style, Guthrie takes a humorous and darkly surreal look at what happens to one woman when she is literally consumed by laundry.

Frances Walsh will be showing a new piece of work that further extends her recent series of projected, looped and closely observational video recordings – in this case, a quiet study of a child’s attempts to build and light a fire.

A graduate from Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with the title of ‘Meisterschule’, Fiona Léus Lambert formerly worked intensely with Super 8 and 16mm film, editing ‘in-camera’. More recently she has used video and other digital mediums and editing methods. Although ideally her films should be seen in a cinema situation, some, like the new piece in CMR, are conceived as installations. ‘Loss’ is personal piece, but also references classical forms in art.

CMR member and artist Frances Walsh explains “It can sometimes seem that there are perhaps fewer opportunities to show video or installation-based art work, compared to painting or sculpture. But the spaces at CMR Gallery lend themselves to this type of work. With the Moving/Image show, I sought to bring together the work of four female artists that explored different approaches to producing and using the moving image: we are all primarily using digital video projections within installation environments, but the working methods, themes and intentions behind our work are very different. The environment at CMR has allowed each participating artist to have their own dedicated space to show recent and in some cases new work, to new audiences. We hope as many people as possible will come and have a look.”

CMR Gallery and Project Space is located at the top of Back Lane West in the heart of Redruth. Previously used for film and video workshops and offices, it now offers an inclusive and inviting space for artists and the community to share and explore contemporary visual art in all its forms. CMR is an artist-led membership organization and registered charity, and is open to all who share its aims. New members are always welcome – information on how to apply is on the CMR website www.c-m-r.org

Moving/Image is open 26 April to 03 May, 12.00-17.00 daily

Opening night – Saturday 25 April 19.00-21.00

Images reproduced below:

    1. Christina Romero Cross, Lost and Found, 2015
    2. Frances Walsh, Lighting a Fire, 2015
    3. Fiona Léus Lambert, Loss, 2015
    4. Stacey Guthrie, Good Girls Don’t Wear Trousers, 2014

Home by Christina Romero Cross

Lighting a Fire by Frances Walsh

Loss by Fiona Leus Lambert

Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers_Stacey Guthrie 300dpi

 

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‘March Fourth’ – members’ events at CMR Gallery

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March 2013 saw a month-long programme of research, development and collaboration by the artist members of CMR Gallery in Redruth. I found it an invaluable time to spend working out ideas for installation pieces, ahead of the interim show for the MA Fine Art course. I explored projection of some of the video pieces I’ve made from the night shoot in Godolphin Woods, incorporating other materials including debris netting to diffuse, obscure and enhance the images.

The emphasis is on research: offering the entire CMR membership space to develop, test and discuss work with other members and consider how the location & architecture – physical and organisational – of this independent, artist led, membership organism might best support their practices. Conversation during this month will help inform future programming.

 – CMR website

The Unconference that was held at the end of the month saw us developing plans for the future that could include these kinds of events held regularly.

 

 

 

For more info, go to http://www.c-m-r.org/march-fourth.html

LIMBO

28th March until 14th April 2013
The Old Coffin Store, 7 Walsingham Place, Truro TR1 2RP
“Into a limbo large and broad, since called the paradise of fools, to few unknown” – John Milton, Paradise Lost
This event is a celebration of visual arts culture taking place in Cornwall – a coming together to celebrate achievement through painting, sculpture, film, performance, sound, collaborative art projects, screenings and talks, it will showcase the diverse practice of 100’s of artists over a series of events, including:

A CURATED EXHIBITION: A limited selection of liminal artworks selected as a personal response to the space and circumstances.’FIAT LUX LATIN – LET THERE BE LIGHT’ (A TAAP PROJECT)’: Members of TaAp invite 10 other artists to collaborate on a room of 20 portraits – 10 of famous individuals that have attempted to take their lives and 10 that have done so. A poignant voyage into what paint can bring to life.

‘ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL’, a LETH project that provides a holistic look at making in the South West, presenting the results of an open invitation to practitioners to be included in a large installation. A show within a show, which aims to build a collective document.
I have contributed a small piece to the section of the show described above – All For One and One For All – featuring photographs from a recent shoot at Godolphin House. Each artist made a double-sided piece 11cm wide by 35cm high, in any medium they liked. These pieces were suspended together to form an installation in the space that describes the variety of work being made by the visual art community.

Limbo is an event conceived, instigated and supported by Joseph Clarke, Samuel Bassett, Jesse Leroy Smith and Neil Scott.

For more info, go to

http://www.cornwallartbiennale.org/what.htm

https://www.facebook.com/sam.bassett.35?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/cornwallartbiennale

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Exhibition photographs by Emma Griffin http://www.griffin-photography.co.uk

Seven – an exhibition of work by MA Fine Art students at Falmouth

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We have a show coming up at CMR Gallery, Redruth – seven of us are exhibiting our ‘interim’ work mid-way through the course, and everyone is welcome to the opening night on Friday 19th April (7-9pm) or during the weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am-4pm).

Artists taking part are: Sophie Anderson, Karl Arbuthnot, Claire Burchell, James Kinder, Laura Menzies, Katri Paakkari and myself. The work includes painting, video, installation, sculpture and performance. More information on the artists and their work will be posted on the new blog for the MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice course http://mafineartfalmouth2013.wordpress.com

I will be showing a video installation that explores contemporary  images from Godolphin House and estate – one of the oldest in the county, with a previously powerful role in mining, politics and the monarchy.

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‘The Dark Rooms’ – contemporary art event in Helston: 2nd & 3rd February 2013

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‘The Dark Rooms’, curated by Jesse Leroy Smith at  the Passmore Edwards building, 3 Penrose Road, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TP

Over forty artists –  film-makers , photographers, sculptors, painters, performance and sound artists – have created a dreamscape journey through the schoolrooms.  Students from Falmouth University will present a ‘show within the show’ entitled ‘Parameters of the Dark’.

Saturday 2nd February 1pm to 10pm, Sunday 3rd February 12pm to 6 pm – we suggest coming on Saturday evening from 6 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.  Unaccompanied children cannot be admitted.

Jesse Leroy Smith will give a guided tour of the exhibition at 4pm on Sunday 3 February.

Further information:

Jesse Leroy Smith approached the Trustees of CAST (see below)  with a proposal to use the building for an art event before artists start to occupy the studios.  The Trustees welcome this initiative and hope that ‘The Dark Rooms’ will act as a catalyst for future activity.  With its close links with the Helston Folk Museum and its central location in West Cornwall, Jess Leroy Smith sees the Passmore Edwards building as a hub for creativity and invention and hopes that ‘The Dark Rooms’ will lead to further collaborations and contemporary art events.

‘The Dark Rooms’, curated by Jesse Leroy Smith

Jesse Leroy Smith has invited artists to transform every room in the old school building into an individual work of art.  The itinerary of ‘The Dark Rooms’ begins on the ground floor, where works of art in a wide range of media contribute to a brooding cacophony of sound and dissonant imagery, exploring the psychology, politics and complex identities of the human condition. On the upper floor of the building the mood of the exhibition changes, to embrace expansive and dream-like landscapes. This exploratory journey finally resolves in the last rooms of the exhibition, with meditative and observational films that reflect on the natural landscape. In Jesse Leroy Smith’s exhibition scenario Individual works of art become points in a narrative that draws on the history and ethos of the Passmore Edwards building.

Contributing Artists include;

Richard Ballinger, Sam Bassett, Matthew Benington, Faye Dobinson, Graham Gaunt, Marie Claire Hamon, James Hankey, Michelle Hannah (from Glasgow), Jonathan Hayter, Mark Jenkin, Liam Jolly, Jesse Leroy Smith, Rachel MacLean (from Glasgow), Janet McEwan, Chris Priest, Ben Sanderson, Tim Shaw, Kate Southworth, Louise Thomas, Roger Thorp, Von Calhau (from Portugal), Rupert White, Lucy Willow, Emma Saffy Wilson . . .

‘Parameters of the Dark’, curated by Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover

As an addition to ‘The Dark Rooms’, Jesse Leroy Smith has invited two students from Falmouth University’s MA in Curatorial Practice to curate ‘a show within the show’, featuring work by current BA and MA students at Falmouth University.

Tapping into the dual senses of nostalgia and anticipation inherent in the building at this transitional moment in its history, the curators have brought together ‘artists who share an interest in alchemical transformations of physical and emotional space and works that oscillate between imagined pasts and projected futures’.

Artists are

Karl Arbuthnot, Tom James Bond, Beatrice Brown, Tim Chandler, Kate Holford, Sam Hyde, Mark Messenger, Rhys Morgan, Ashley Sheekey, Joshua Smith, Frances Walsh, Ben Wayman

CAST

The Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST) is a new charity, created in 2012.  Its Trustees are Alastair Cameron, Teresa Gleadowe, Chris Hibbert, Karen Townshend, John Wilkin and Ross Williams. The Trustees of CAST are hosting ‘The Dark Rooms’ as an independent project initiated and curated by Jesse Leroy Smith.

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For the student show ‘Parameters of the Dark’, I have created a looped video piece called ‘Bagas Gwari’ (playgroup in Cornish), which visually explores the rooms in the Institute that were formerly used by a children’s playgroup. The video captures traces of the children’s handprints, coat hooks, footprints and other architectural features, reminding the viewer of the histories of the space, before it is renovated and prepared for the future.

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Love at The Poly exhibition in Falmouth, 9 – 23 Feb 2013

I’m in the process of getting a series of photographs printed for the forthcoming ‘Love at The Poly’ show in Falmouth.

The work looks at the bedroom interiors of the former Cornwall Motel – there’s more information on the ‘Love at The Poly’ website, which has just been launched. ‘Love at The Poly’ will take over all the galleries in the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society building and will feature the work of current students and recent graduates of Falmouth University.

PRIVATE VIEW 8 February 5.30-7.30pm, all welcome.

http://loveatthepoly.co.uk/portfolios/artists/?cpt_item=frances-walsh

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Strange-lovebirds-fly-Poly/story-17883448-detail/story.html

 

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The Dip Circle – Blog, Twitter and Photos

The Dip Circle is taking shape…

National Maritime Museum Cornwall have kindly agreed to site The Dip Circle on the exterior of their viewing tower, facing Falmouth town.

Nick Malyon of Neon Neon is constructing the piece and I am writing an interpretation booklet, which will explain the concept behind the work and present some historical archive material from a range of sources.

As well as the initial Arts Council grant funding from Falmouth Art Gallery for the project,the booklet element has also been supported through a grant from Feast, an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation. This has enabled me to use some images from the Royal Museums Greenwich and the Science Museum, to complement the images kindly donated by the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society local history and research archive. Information has also been gleaned from the archive at the Bartlett Library in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

The Dip Circle has a dedicated blog at http://thedipcircle.wordpress.com/

You can also follow @thedipcircle on Twitter

From Falmouth to Penzance

A lot of driving about tonight as I went to Falmouth to see my work in the ‘Bombshell’ women’s vintage film and contemporary art festival at The Poly (the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic, to give it it’s grander title), then over to Penzance for the opening night at Cornwall Contemporary art gallery of the mixed-media collaborative TAap.

http://www.bspokefestivals.com/

http://www.cornwallcontemporary.com/