Serena Korda

31 January at The Art House

Rosalie Schweiker

21 February 2019 at The Art House

Hetain Patel

28 February 2019 at The Art House

The Art House Open Lecture Series

Selected Wednesdays, 31 January -  11 April 2019, 4:30pm

Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department, are delighted to present the fourth annual series of artists’ talks in the University's brand new art studios, The Art House in Worcester City Centre.

Some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the UK will be visiting Worcester to talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use in a series of free talks.

Talks take place on selected Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and include a chance to ask questions after each presentation. The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended for the public.

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24 January 2019 Doug Fishbone

31 January 2019 Serena Korda

14 February 2019 Laura White

21 February 2019 Kirsty Harris

28 February 2019 Hetain Patel

14 March 2019 Clare Twomey

21 March 2019 Céline Berger

28 March 2019 Derek Boshier

4 April 2019 Annie Attridge

11 April 2019 TBC

 

Doug Fishbone - 24 January 2019

‘Luft Gesheft’ is a Yiddish term meaning making money out of air. As a Powerpoint slide show woven into a spoken word and multi-media presentation, this performance adopts many of the conventions of academic talks, but plays with the parameters in ways that incorporate visual rhetoric and propaganda in unexpected ways.

Fishbone’s film and performance work is heavily influenced by the rhythms of stand-up comedy - he was described by one critic as a “stand-up conceptual artist” - and examines some of the more problematic aspects of contemporary life in an amusing and disarming way. He is particularly interested in examining questions of relativity and perception, and how audience and context influence interpretation.

www.dougfishbone.com

 

Serena Korda - 31 January 2019

Serena Korda is interested in the various ways we think about ourselves in relation to the world. Working across performance, sound and sculpture, she considers how communion, tradition and ritual shape our lives. Her interest in ancient cosmology, new age philosophy and theories of quantum physics have drawn her to the imperceptible connections between nature, plants and animals – all bound together by vibration, sound and energy. Giving the rational mind and the imagination equal weight, she strikes a balance between the scientific and spiritual realms by creating multi-sensory experiences that make invisible and inaudible forces palpable. Audiences are often encouraged to participate at some point in her process creating collective experiences that focus on the forgotten and overlooked.

Serena was the Norma Lipan/BALTIC Fellow in Ceramic sculpture at Newcastle University 2016- 2018, whilst recent solo shows include, Missing Time at BALTIC Gateshead, Daughter’s of Necessity at The Hepworth Wakefield 2018, The Bell Tree Trust New Art and Bluecoat 2018 and Missing Time a performance for The High Line NYC 2018.

www.serenakorda.com             Instagram: @serenakorda

 

Laura White - 14 February 2019

Laura White focuses on a negotiation with the world of STUFF, i.e. interactions with materials and objects exploring ideas of value, profile, association, meaning and behaviour of materials, individual - and collections of - objects, and exploring the digital and the physical environments, which are becoming increasingly indistinguishable. Things are explored both as material stuff and anthropological signifiers that are capable of revealing the human condition - vulnerabilities and capabilities, value systems affected by consumerism and material status, and objects/human dependencies. Laura’s works occupy a fluid space, on one hand demanding critical discourse, and on the other their own ambiguous and intuitive logic.

Laura White's work The Esque Collection can be seen at Worcester Cathedral until 10 Feb 2019 and in The Precious Clay at the Museum of Royal Worcester until 20 Mar 2019.

www.laura-white.co.uk

Laura White grew up in Worcester and is an artist based in London.


Kirsty Harris - 21 February 2019The artist's name over an image of a bomb's mushroom cloud

Please note that Harris's lecture replaces Rosalie Schweiker, who is unable to do a lecture at this time.

Kirsty Harris explores nuclear explosions as cultural, historical and iconic symbols. She references the scale, beauty and the abhorrent nature of the mushroom clouds while also delving into the periphery of the subject and its surrounding evidence and equipment. 

Her interests lie in the decisive moment, a meditation on a split second. That split second iconically representing our race to self-destruction. The beauty and awe of the landscape, the dust, the glow, the force of the explosion. The myths surrounding characters in this masterplan to kill ourselves off. The fight for survival. We’ve shown ourselves THE END.

Harris is an artist and occasional curator with a studio in east London. She makes work ranging from massive oil paintings to looping film works, audio compositions, bleach paintings, ceramics, cyanotypes, instructional artworks and installation. Studying at Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University and graduating in 2002 her exhibition How I Learned to Stop Worrying (1945-2016) was presented at the CFCCA in Manchester and she has a solo show opening in 2019 at Vane Gallery in Newcastle.

Kirsty works with mental health arts organisation Broken Grey Wires, collaborates as half of Harris&Clarke and is currently setting up a new platform supporting artists online, with studio mate Henrietta Armstrong, called Come Quick Disaster.

www.kirstyharris.com

Instagram - @kirsty_harris_art

 

 
Hetain Patel - 28 February 2019

Hetain Patel works with photographs, videos, sculptures and live performances, usually for galleries and theatres. They have also appeared on the web, on television, in print, in housing estates, and behind toilet doors.

In recent years, Hetain has performed Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Southbank Centre, London, made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta (with his dad), designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale, toured his live performances internationally (in English and French), made his first dance company work for Candoco, and was invited to do a TED talk which has since had over two million hits.

With an autobiographical starting point Hetain uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. In his work this often involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens.

Hetain is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, and is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London.

www.hetainpatel.com              Hetain Patel's YouTube channel

 

Clare Twomey - 14 March

Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years, she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Within her work, Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context. Her works have the social and historical context in which the installation is created as their point of departure and often they only exist within these frameworks.

Twomey's work is on show in Meadow Arts exhibition The Precious Clay at the Museum of Royal Worcester until 20 March 2019.

www.claretwomey.com


Céline Berger - 21 March 2019

Céline Berger is a French visual artist working and living in Cologne (Germany). She worked for years in a corporate environment and is fascinated by the way we deal with ourselves in work situations. 

Berger's work explores our professional lives, in their daily, unspectacular aspects. Short narratives as texts or spoken language are at the centre of all her projects. She calls her work, "A search for new ways to question our daily working lives, beyond simplifications, irony, moralizing undertone or fatalism”.

www.celineberger.com


Derek Boshier - 28 March 2019

Born in Portsmouth in 1937 Derek Boshier first came to prominence with his paintings as a student at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied alongside David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and others. Embracing the iconography of British and American mass culture, his paintings earned him recognition as one of the pioneers of British Pop Art. In 1962, he was featured with Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and Peter Phillips in Ken Russell's BBC documentary 'Pop Goes The Easel'.

Subsequently, he has used other media: drawing, printmaking, film, books, three-dimensional objects, installations and photography among them. His graphic work with popular music groups such as The Clash and with David Bowie has brought his work to a wider audience.

Works by Derek Boshier can be found in major museum collections including Tate, The British Museum and the V&A. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

www.derekboshier.com


Annie Attridge - 4 April 2019

Since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools in 2002, Attridge’s practice has focused on exploring female sexuality through the use of different materials such as household materials, jesmonite and more recently porcelain. Attridge produces small scale, delicately crafted figurative scenes and objects that are expressionistic and often overtly sexual. The sculptures recall abstract figures and forms set in a mythological landscape, frozen in this seductive and lustrous material. The scenes depicted are classical in theme and recall 17th century crafted miniatures and notions of the ready-made.

Her work has received reviews from The New York Times, Channel 4 News, ArtReview, the Evening Standard, and L Magazine. Publications include Design Behind Desire by Lisa Morgan (2011) and Nature Morte, Thames & Hudson (2013).

Recent solo exhibitions include Should of Could of Would of, MOCA London (2016); Wanderlust, Aysa Geisberg Gallery, New York (2012-2013); Hearts of Oak, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York (2011). Group exhibitions include Nature Morte, Guildhall Museum, London (2017-2018); In Your Face, Salisbury Art Centre, UK (2017); Creekside Open, The Art in Perpetuity Trust, selected by Jordan Baseman & Alison Wilding, UK (2017). Body Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2018); If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Roaming projects, Camden Arts Centre, London (2018); Artquest:PEER FORUM (2017-18).

www.annieattridge.com

 

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Venues

The Art House
Castle Street
Worcester
WR1 3ZQ
01905 855000
www.worcester.ac.uk