Thursday, April 29, 2010

Catherine Bertola: "Metes and Bounds" Galerie M + R Fricke, Berlin

Metes and Bounds

Catherine Bertola and Pauline Kraneis

Galerie M + R Fricke, Berlin, Germany

May to 19 June 2010
Catherine Bertola shows two recent works Unseen by all but me alone and From the palace at Hillstreet.

Recent work From the palace at Hillstreet has developed from the artist's on going exploration of the nascent stages of the women's movement in the 18th century. In From the palace at Hillstreet, three fragments of carpet are shown, which have been re-made over a period of nine months by the artist and by volunteers. This carpet was originally commissioned by Elizabeth Montagu, the leader of the Bluestockings Society and was made for her dressing room, which held the first meeting of this underwritten but powerfully influential group that affected the history of women's rights.

The importance of this work lies not only in the re-activation of a hand-craft which is now mechanised and exported out-with the UK, but also to remember the importance of the Bluestockings Society in history. The meetings held by the group were social events in which the group's members used their fortunate social and financial standing to initiate the fight for gender equality in the UK at a very early stage. The members of the Bluestocking Society sought and effected change directly by using their fortunate position to commissioning talented female practitioners of the time in order to see them included in art and craft history.

Pauline Kraneis is devoted to the definition of drawing in parallel to the definition of both mental and physical space.
Kraneis' work often uses furnishing within the interiors of both private and public buildings to explore the cross-over of mental and physical space. By the omission of furniture or interior features these interventions translate the chosen spaces into installations which pull apart the visual perception of the space  .

The artist acts with boisterous action
to create spaces where imagination and reality overlap, and are reproduced on paper in order to draw the viewer into the middle image.


Catherine Bertola
From the Palace at Hillstreet (detail)

Canvas and Wool
Fragments of a Robert Adam carpet pattern designed for Mrs Montagu 'Queen of the Bluestockings'.

Made from 96 segments stitched by over 60 people over a six month period.
250 x 250 cm

Friday, April 16, 2010

Peter J. Evans: "Aphrodite at the Water Hole" DEATHANDDADA at Glasgow International Festival, UK

Aphrodite at the Water Hole

Alex Baggaley
Malcy Duff
Hannah Ellul 
Peter J. Evans
Marten Frerichs
Martin Hamblen
Laura Harrington
Lena Henke
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir
Erling Klingenberg
Achim Lengerer
Linda Molenaar
Sebastian Stöhrer
Amalia Theodorakopoulos
Eva-Maria Wilde
Wounded Knee

Slap bang in the middle of the GI Festival, DEATHANDDADA open the top floor of a tenement and invite you to their inaugural show, Aphrodite at the Water Hole. 17 European artists have been invited into 2 neighbouring family homes to create works that contend with domestic life in rented accommodation. Named for one of the most visionary totalitarian sculptures to fall through the floor of a flat, Aphrodite at the Water Hole invites the possibility of freedom, hope and disaster. Artists with precious little thought of a lease will take residence alongside 2 families and drip their egos all over the place. The opening on April 24th will include performances: live music by Wounded Knee and Noma on 25th.

DEATHANDDADA is a collaboration between artists Rachel Lowther, Amalia Theodorakopoulos and Fritz Welch.

Flats 2/1, 2/2, 5 Hillhead St, at the top of the steps from Great Western Road.
Open 2-6pm on two weekends (April 24th & 25th and May 1st & 2nd) and by appointment in between.

Peter J. Evans
Remembrance, 2008
Site Specific Drawing at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead as part of FEEDBACKER
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Catherine Bertola: "Killing Time" - Workplace Gallery at OPEN SPACE, Art Cologne 2010

Workplace Gallery presents:

Killing Time

A new 16mm Film Installation by Catherine Bertola

Open Space, 44th Art Cologne, April 21 - 25, 2010

Hall 11, Cologne - Deutz Exhibition Centre
Messeplatz 1
50679 Cologne, Germany

In her recent series of works Killing Time Catherine Bertola has filmed historic photographs of English Country Houses. Having fallen into disrepair or demolished some time ago, each of these interior spaces no longer exists. In choosing to film the lost settings (a medium associated with the 'live' or a representation of the live moment) Bertola re-animates the interiors, creating a haunting image where a lost past is rendered visible in the present. Within each interior Bertola has superimposed her own image, re-occupying the historic spaces with her contemporary presence. The placement of her body swamped by the interior decor of the large rooms imbues the image with an immense sense of isolation. This isolation mirrors the presence of previous female occupants whose role within these lavish interiors echoed the decorative design of the room - a theater set for their own display - their days spent sitting, sewing, 'killing time'. With Bertola's presence the interior settings, or sets become a haunted space - part historical, part contemporary, and always on the edge of the fantastical. This sense of the fantastical is further enhanced by Bertola's choice of using postcard sized film screens whose small format recall illustrations from history and story books.

(Extract from Dream Birds by Laura Mansfield included in a new monograph published by Workplace Gallery focusing on recent works by Catherine Bertola available at Open Space and from

Catherine Bertola
Killing Time (detail), 2010
16mm film installation
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery UK


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Eric Bainbridge: "The Economy of The Gift" A Foundation, Liverpool, UK

The Economy of The Gift

Preview 8 April 2010, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until 22 May 2010.

A Foundation, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1 0BY
Tel: 44 (0)151 706 0600


Brass Art
Eric Bainbridge
Geta Bratescu
Jacob Dahlgren
Mark Harasimowicz
Rebecca Lennon
Elodie Pong
Shaun O'Dell

Participating Galleries:

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
Bureau, Manchester
Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
Freymond-Guth & Co Fine Arts, Zurich
The International 3, Manchester
Ivan Gallery, Bucharest
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, New York
Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Collectors Salon
Friday 9 April 2010, 12pm-3pm
(Booking essential)

RSVP and advance booking
44 (0)151 706 0600


Eric Bainbridge
Self Portrait (After Rembrandt), 2010
Printed PVC Banner
660 x 500 cms (260.04 x 197 inches)
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery