Join us for an afternoon in Sheffield visiting the studio of Ryan Mosley, an exhibition of video works by Louisa Martin at Bloc Projects and the chance to meet some of the artists based at Bloc Studios.
Ryan Mosley first studied at Huddersfield University before completing his MA at the Royal College, London. He is represented by Alison Jacques Gallery and is a regular exhibitor on the international stage. Motivated by a sense of the carnivalesque, his canvases offer up a surreal world of invented characters and rituals that are simultaneously archaic and futuristic. Mosley develops his theatrical subjects through a spontaneous approach to painting. The characters emerge after quite an organic process of working, reworking and feeding on mistakes to appear as though on a stage during a performance.
We will then walk over to Bloc Projects for a conversation with Charlotte Morgan and artist Louisa Martin about her recently developed five-part video project. Martin uses ‘performance’ as a wider cultural lens through which to consider the subjective effects of our relationship with the digital world. The work stages various physiological states which explore the potential of the construction (and concealment) of identity.
Using the extended metaphor of a lighthouse, the videos feature a shifting character whose moving, costumed body alternates between being a site of projection and absence – a screen for the audience’s projections – and an extrovert performing hikkikomori (a person in extreme social withdrawal) whose real self remains invisible and distant.
The afternoon will be rounded off with visits to some of the artists in Bloc Studios – details to follow.
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