Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Darren Banks 'Evermore' - Preview: Friday 13th September 6-8pm Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Darren Banks - Evermore

Preview: Friday 13th September 2013, 6 - 8pm

14th September - 19th October 2013
Thurs - Sat, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment)

Darren Banks

Workplace Gallery is pleased to present Evermore our second solo exhibition with British artist Darren Banks.

Darren Banks is interested in the relationship between film and sculpture, both formally and within popular culture, specifically horror film. His new work examines how objects are haunted by memory and experience. The resulting series of filmic sculptures uses digital effects to alter the objects' image, playing with theatrical tensions between sculpture and film.

Evermore presents new work by Banks resulting from his ongoing interest in horror actor and sculptor Churton Fairman. Churton Fairman (AKA Mike Raven, 1924 - 1997) began his career as a ballet dancer and ballet photographer, then shifted to be a pioneer of blues music on pirate radio (Atlanta, Radio King and 390) where he adopted the alias 'Mike Raven'. As a horror film actor he appear in several horror films including Crucible of Terror (1971) and Discipline of Death (1972), he also featured in 'I Monster' alongside Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The starting point for Banks is archival footage from an unfinished documentary about Fairman's later life as a sheep farmer and sculptor on Bodmin Moor.

Banks' new video works focus on a series of small carved wooden sculptures made by Fairman. Banks has chosen to rework film rushes of the sculptures, which depict biblical scenes, or characters that Fairman uses as a metaphor for his ideas about sexuality and faith. In these works, Banks presents multiple layers of appropriation. The sculptor transforms the material of wood through carving until it becomes an art object. It is then documented on film, before being re-edited by Banks into a new filmic sculpture. Taking his cue from feature film and radio, Banks has experimented with film techniques that enable new configurations of the sculpture. In one film a foreshortened camera shot known as the 'dolly shot' commonly used to create suspense, shifts the perspective of the object in relation to its surroundings. In another work a pirouette echoes Fairman's early desire to become a dancer. The jump-cut, abruptly introduces a new seemingly unrelated image. Another film uses sound to dictate the movement of the object. Through this process the distinction between subject and object, author and artist, sculptor and filmmaker are merged.

Banks' works project aspects of Fairman's complex and multifaceted history onto his sculpted objects. This has the effect of layering different moments of time through different themes and materials.  By reanimating documentary footage of the sculptures, Banks transforms the carvings into unformed objects characterized by formal effects from throughout Fairman's life: balletic gestures, sound from radio and effects from horror film. Although a generation apart, Banks and Fairman have a shared interest in sculpture, horror film and music. Although in the conventional biography these interests appear as distinct categories, Banks has tried to bring them together formally. By subjecting Fairman to the constraints of contemporary art, Banks is reframing the sculpture within a current discourse. The work has both a historical and contemporary significance.

Darren Banks was born in 1978 on Orsett, Essex, UK. Recent Exhibitions include: Backwater, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, Soothsayers, Sierra Metro, Edinburgh, Like a Monkey with a Miniature Cymbal, Aid & Abet, Cambridge, be like water, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, Empty Distances, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, Magnum Opus, N/V_Projects, London, Deep Space, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, Shape, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland, File Transfer Protocol, curated by Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, Omnia mea Mecum Porto, Kotti Shop, Berlin, The Art of Fear, Nighthawk Cinema, Brooklyn, New York, Translate/Transcribe, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Double, Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK, ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society, London, Mural Newspaper (organised by Hugo Canoilas), Abrons Art Center, New York, Defective Science, Sala Dogana, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy, The Days of This Society are Numbered, Abrons Arts Center, New York. From 25th - 29th September 2013 Banks will present The Object Echo a continuation of is research into Churton Fairman as part of Figure 1 a programme of 11 exhibitions over 5 weeks at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle, UK.

Banks currently lives and works in London.


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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Richard Rigg: "The Difference Loom" Iziko South Africa National Gallery, South Africa

Image:  Richard Rigg Cloth Arranged to Look Like a Jacket (Self Portrait) 2010, Cloth, 10 x 60 x 44cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

The Difference Loom

Iziko South Africa National Gallery, Annexe

22 August - 27 September 2013

The Difference Loom is a visual contemporary art exhibition exploring textiles and technology. We sense the body in textiles, but not in technology. We discern the analytical in technology, but not in weavings. This exhibition is about those perceptions/disconnections, explored in that area where textiles and technology intersect.

It is an exhibition of works by 8 artists who use textiles as one medium of social critique:

Artists from South Africa:
Quanta Gauld
Keiskamma Art Project
Mbali Khoza
Fabian Saptouw

Artists from the United Kingdom:
Janis Jefferies
David Mabb
Richard Rigg
Nina Wakeford

It is curated by London and Cape Town-based independent curator Winnie Sze.

Jo Coupe: 'Easy Does It' Supercollider, Blackpool, UK

Jo Coupe, Quicksand, 2013, costume jewellery, artist's own jewellery, gold-plated chain, hooks, magnetic field, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

easy does it

The third in an evolving trilogy of exhibitions curated by Kevin Hunt examining the complexity inherent within the simplest of actions.

Carwyn Evans

Fiona Curran

Hannah James

Jo Addison

Jo Coupe

Kevin Hunt

Leo Fitzmaurice


Sean Edwards

Tom Godfrey

Tom Ireland

Preview: 23/08/13, 19:00 - 21:00
Exhibition: 24/08/13 - 14/09/13
Open: Weds - Sat,  12:00 - 17:00


59 Cookson Street, Blackpool, FY1 3DR





Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cecilia Stenbom: Artists Talk at MAWA, Winnipeg, Canada

Image: Cecilia Stenbom How To Choose 2012 Single Channel HD Film. Duration: 3 Minutes 31 Seconds, Produced by Third. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK 

Cecilia Stenbom:  Artists Talk

Cecilia Stenbom, in residence July 23 – August 20, 2013

Artist Talk Wednesday, August 14, 7 pm at MAWA

611 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1E1


Cecilia Stenbom was born in Stockholm, Sweden, completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland and a Masters of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art. She has worked with film, video, installation, photography, drawing and painting to explore notions of identity in a consumer-driven and information-saturated culture. Usually, she mines found material as a means to examine how an overflow of ideas, imagery and information creep into our personal lives. Cecilia’s work has been exhibited in the UK, Europe and the U.S. Recent projects includes Nobody gets out of here alive, a solo exhibition at Kaapelin Galleria, Helsinki, The Artist Cut, commissioned by Northern Film & Media in association with Channel 4, and North by North East, a film commissioned by the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

This summer, Cecilia will develop a screenplay for an upcoming film project about survival in the public space and contemporary anxiety. Cecilia has received funding from Arts Council England to make travel to the MAWA Residency Program possible.

Sophie Lisa Beresford: 'Girls Girls Girls' Vanity Projects, New York, USA

Image: Sophie Lisa Beresford, You Can Do It (Resolve to Release), 2013, Single Channel Video, Duration: 9:43 min, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Vanity Projects


Curated by Rita de Alencar Pinto

August 12 - September 25, 2013

99 Chrystie St 2F, New York, NY, 10002.

646.410 2928


Vanity Projects is thrilled to present GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, a video program curated by Rita de Alencar Pinto, that explores the many facets of the female persona as portrayed by ten female video artists. The exhibition will take place at the salon located at 99 Chrystie Street, 2F from August 12 through September 25, 2013. Vanity Projects is open daily from noon to 8PM.

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS features work by Sophie Lisa Beresford, Jen Denike, Keren Cytter, Marta Dell'Angelo, Jeesu Kim, Kristin Lucas, Tala Madani, Shana Moulton, Shannon Plumb and Eve Sussman - each exploring the humorous, intellectual, sardonic, passionate, complex, shy, serious, spiritual, neurotic, paranoid and conceited through the many characters and vignettes these artists employ, revealing glimpses into the female psyche.

About Vanity Projects

Vanity Projects is a luxury concept that merges a high-end nail art atelier with video art programming. Our vision is to re-shape the way patrons perceive and experience video art by placing it in an engaging environment.

We specialize in innovatively designed manicures from the most sought-after nail artists in addition to a standard nail salon menu using the finest nail lacquers. Vanity Projects is not a gallery space, but a creative hub where customers can develop a taste and real connoisseurship for the video medium. vanityprojectsnyc.com

For more information or to book appointments please contact private@vanityprojectsnyc.com.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Jacob Dahlgren: 'Game Changer' Collective at Meadowbank Sport Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Image: Jacob Dahlgren Heaven is a place on Earth, 2013 Digital Weighing Scales, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Game Changer

Rachel Adams

Jacob Dahlgren

Nilbar Güreş

Haroon Mirza

1st August - 1st September
Collective at Meadowbank Sports Centre
139-143 London Road, EH7 6AE
Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm
Free admission

Game Changer is a group exhibition presented at Meadowbank Sports Centre, which brings together artists whose work considers materials, space, movement, physicality and body image.
The exhibition includes new and existing work, site-specifically installed in Meadowbank Sports Centre. Included in the exhibition is; a new sculptural installation by Rachel Adams, a remade version of Heaven is a place on Earth by Jacob Dahlgren, Nilbar Güreş will exhibit her 2009 series of photographs Unknown Sports and with Haroon Mirza's 2013 work Sitting In a Chamber.
Meadowbank Stadium was the main sporting venue in Edinburgh during the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Over the next two years  Collective will place work by contemporary artists into sporting venues which were built for which will place contemporary artists in existing sporting venues built or used for the Edinburgh 1970/86 Commonwealth Games and in venues to be used in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Entitled All Sided Games, this series of events will invite audiences to consider the relationships between participants and spectators, winners and losers and private and public spaces.


Rachel Adams was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Recent solo-exhibitions include: Space-Craft, Tramway, Glasgow; Suburban Mystic, Lombard Method, Birmingham (2013); Posturing, part of The Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and Refurnished, Galerie DeExpeditie, Amsterdam (2012). Recent group-exhibitions include: Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow; Title, Newbridge Space, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Jesmonite on Paper, Malgras/Naudet, Manchester (2013). Adams' work is also currently featured in Artangel's Open 100.
Jacob Dahlgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He has exhibited widely and represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. Solo-exhibitions include: From art to life to art, Galleri Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm; Work as Method, project for Austrian Chamber of Labour, Vienna (2013); Forward, Back, Right, Left, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2009); and Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York (2006). Recent group-exhibitions include: Kiasma’s 15th anniversary exhibition, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Double Illums Bolighus, Illums Bolighus, Copenhagen; Baltic Sea Record 2013, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2013).
Nilbar Güreş was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent solo-exhibitions include: Nilbar Wien-Na, Gallery Martin Janda, Vienna; Open Phone Booth, Gallery Rampa Istanbul (2013); and Undressing, MQ, Vienna (2011). Her work has been shown in various group-exhibitions and festivals including What is Waiting Out There, 6th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2010); Where Do We Go From Here?, Secession Vienna, Vienna (2010), What Keeps Human Kind Alive, 11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2009) and the travelling exhibition entitled Tactics of Invisibility, which was previously exhibited at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2010) and at Tanas, Berlin (2010-2011) and at Arter, Istanbul (2011).
Haroon Mirza was born in London, where he studied Design Critical Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths College and Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Bristol. Recent solo-exhibition include Haroon Mirza at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield; o/o/o/o/, Lisson Gallery, London (2013); and Preoccupied Waveforms, The New Museum, New York (2012). His work and performances have been widely shown in group-exhibitions including Ruins in Reverse, Tate Modern, London (2013), The British Art Show 7 and Performa 11 (2011). He was recently awarded the DAIWA Foundation Art Prize, the Silver Lion at the 54th Venice Biennale and in 2010, The Northern Art Prize. 

Friday, August 02, 2013

Workplace Gallery represents Hugo Canoilas

Hugo Canoilas, Installation view, 30th São Paulo Bienal, 2012; Pássaros do Paraíso (River), Ink on canvas, 700 x 640 cm, DVD PAL, 10´. Loop. XVIII century carved wooden boat from the collection of the Sao Paulo City Museum. (HC0004)


We are delighted to announce that we now represent Hugo Canoilas


Egypt, 2012 Ink on Canvas, 168.5 x 122.5 cm, 66 3/8 x 48 1/4 in (HC0018)



Hugo Canoilas' work is strongly linked to the art historical evolution of early Modernism. Drawing upon the philosophy, poetry and foundational ideologies of this period Canoilas employs a wide variety of media informed predominantly by Painting. Canoilas' work seeks to represent a political and aesthetic convergence and moves towards a sensitisation of the viewer to the sociopolitical undercurrents that influence historical and contemporary culture.


Hugo Canoilas was born in 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal and studied at Caldasda Rainha, Portugal and the Royal College of Art, UK. 


Recent Exhibitions include: Spirit of the Air, Wiener Art Foundation, hosted by Kunstbuero, Vienna; Magma, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK; Paradise Birds - 30th São Paulo Biennial - A iminência das poéticas, curated by Luiz Perez Oramas, Tobi Maier, André Severo and Isabela Villanueva, Museum Casa do Bandeirante, São Paulo; The isle of the dead, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Porto; Untitled (we can be altogether), curated by José Quaresma, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon; A painting is getting its kicks, 1M3, Lausanne; Endless Killing, curated by Chus Martinez. Huarte Contemporary Art Center; Vota Octávio Pato - Ten reasons to be a member, curated by Tobi Maier, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Are you still awake?, curated by Emília Tavares, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon; Strata, curated by Francesco Stocchi, Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna; Infinite Tasks, curated by Paulo Pires do Vale, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon; Dear painter paint me - with heart and reason, curated by Kaszás Tamás. Trafó Contemporay Art Center, Budapest. Hugo Canoilas lives and works in Vienna, Austria. For further information on his work please contact: info@workplacegallery.co.uk


Pássaros do Paraíso (Landscape), 2012,Ink on canvas (340 x 460 cm) Seats from the collection of the Sao Paulo City Museum displayed on an mdf structure, alongside reproductions of the same seats with found materials. Installation view, 30th São Paulo Bienal, 2012 (HC0005)






Last moments of a Bandeirante, 2012, Ink on Canvas, 320 x 420 cm,126 x 165 3/8 in (HC0006).

All images courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK