You are invited
With Torch and Spear: Constructing Collage
Private view: Thursday, 18th April 2013, 18:00 to 21:00 at The Winchester
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Park Avenue,
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8DL
Exhibition runs from:
19th April - 16th May 2013
Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media is pleased to
present the exhibition With Torch and Spear, curated by artist and WSA
Lecturer Ian Dawson.
Titled after Joseph Cornell¹s 1950s collage film By Night With Torch and
Spear, the exhibition takes this experimental and rarely exhibited film
work and Eduardo Paolozzi¹s Moonstrips Empire News (1967) as starting
points to imaginatively explore the legacy of the collage process and the
extent to which it can be used to create non-linear congruence.
Here, collage is seen not simply as a technique, but an overarching
procedure that artists use to rethink structure as a kind of topological
relief that invites the viewer to scrutinise layers as if they are plans
for an alternative landscape.
The Paolozzi series consists of over one hundred silkscreen prints pieced
together from a myriad of comic strip and popular science imagery. These
form a compendium of odd and common things; cutout figures are seamlessly
paired with cryptic and colourful linear designs. The evenness of the
silkscreen surface ensures that ŒThis is collage in its purest form,
where it is not merely a technical process, but a principle concerning
content¹ (Tim Byers).
These works will coalesce alongside contemporary works by artists
including: the 2012 Deutsche Börse prizewinning artist John Stezaker,
Marcus Harvey, Chantal Joffe, Ian Monroe, Kirsten Glass, Kristin Posehn,
Jack Lavender, Mick Finch, Clare Mitten, Team SHaG, Louisa Minkin, Steve
Cooper, Mia Taylor, Danny Aldred and Alexine Chanel.
This will create a vibrant show that in itself will become an act of
collage, offering a simultaneity of dissonance, a polyphonic spree.
The exhibition is curated by Ian Dawson, whose practice intrinsically
involves collage and whose work appears in the major anthology Collage:
Assembling Contemporary Art (Black Dog Publishing 2008). Dawson has
recently written Making Contemporary Sculpture (Crowood Press 2012), a
study into the studio practice of many of today¹s leading sculptors.
With Torch and Spear
19th April - 16th May 2013
Open: Monday - Friday 12pm 4pm, Saturday 20th April & 4th May 12pm 4pm
Dr August Jordan Davis
WSA Senior Research Fellow
Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media
Winchester School of Art
University of Southampton
Office: W1143 (WSA Gallery Office)
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