CAS Recommends: February – March 2012

28 February 2012 By
CAS Recommends: February - March 2012

The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time: A project by Andy Holden, Cubitt Gallery

17 February – 16 March 2012

An exhibition within the Library with works by Ed Atkins, Ruth Beale, Steven Claydon, David Raymond Conroy, Michael Dean, Daniel Eatock, Grubby Mitts, Philip Jeck, Neal Jones, Mark Leckey, Georgina Leeson, Claes Oldenburg, Johnny Parry, Francesco Pedraglio, Heather Phillipson, Jason Rhoades, Philip Root and Kurt Vonnegut.
The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time first appeared as a consequence of the tragic death of Dan Cox in February 2011, while he was curating Andy Holden’s exhibition at Kettle’s Yard.

Dan’s Library, which first appeared at Kettle’s Yard, is a space containing all of his books, placed in relation to fragments from Andy’s sculptural projects. In the spirit of the pair’s collaboration, it is a space for dialogue, between ideas and words, things and art-objects.  Specially designed book cases stand on carpets, like small islands, screen-printed with extracts copied from Flaubert’s Bouvard et Pécuchet.

Image (above): Andy Holden, The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time, installation view at Cubitt Gallery, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Andy Keate


Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, Hayward Gallery

22 February – 13 May 2012

A hugely influential artist for much of the past two decades, Turner Prize- winner Jeremy Deller has helped to rewrite the rules of contemporary art in many respects.
This mid-career survey – the first in the artist’s career – provides a fresh overview of his multi-faceted work. The exhibition incorporates almost all of his major works to date including installations, photographs, videos, posters, banners, performance works and sound pieces.

Image: Jeremy Deller, Open Bedroom, 1993. Recreation for Joy in People, Hayward Gallery 2012. Photo Linda Nylind.


SV12 MEMBERS’ SHOW: Selected by Mike Nelson and Jenni Lomax, Studio Voltaire

23 February – 31 March 2012

Holly Antrum, Emi Avora, William Cobbing, Katie Cuddon, Inez De Coo, Anita Delaney, Melanie Ezra, Ana Genoves, Rose Gibbs, Celia Hempton, Kevin Jacobs, Nnena Kalu, Mawuena Kattah, Colin Lindsay, Damien Meade, Jimmy Merris, Ben Newton, Pat O’connor, Kate Owens, Veronika Rettich, Helen Robertson, Neil Rumming, Martina Schmuecker, Andrew Seto, Michael Stumpf, Avis Underwood, Clifton Wright
Studio Voltaire’s members’ exhibitions aim to showcase the strength and diversity of its membership, which currently comprises over 400 artists.  Now in its eighth edition, the exhibition has developed a reputation for spotting emerging talent and bringing it to a wider audience.
This year’s exhibition includes the work of 27 artists based throughout the United Kingdom and include a range of approaches to art making, such as sound, video, photography, painting, drawing, installation and sculpture.


Lines of Thought, Parasol Unit

29 February – 13 May 2012

Helene Appel, James Bishop, Hemali Bhuta, Raoul De Keyser, Adrian Esparza, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Jorge Macchi, Nasreen Mohamedi, Fred Sandback, Conrad Shawcross, Anne Truitt, and Richard Tuttle.

The exhibition Lines of Thought explores the work of 15 contemporary artists, whose practice has focused in particular on using line in creatively challenging ways. With works representing different generations, it is remarkable to observe how the meaning and use of line varies from one artist to another.
Simply the running on of a point, line is paradoxically one of the most powerful means of expression. Continuous or broken, curved or straight, free-floating or geometric, lines can define boundaries, divide spaces, create light and shade, or be used for communication. Throughout the history of art, line as a basic element of artistic expression has been used by many artists to explore and express a wealth of feelings, thoughts and ideas.

Image: Hemali Bhuta: Stepping Down, 2010. Copyright the artist and Project 88, Mumbai


Alice Channer: Out of Body, South London Gallery

2 March – 13 May 2012

For her South London Gallery exhibition, British artist Alice Channer has created an installation of entirely new sculptural works which extend her exploration of the relationship between the human body, personal adornment, materials and sculpture. In these figurative works, Channer questions established hierarchies within the history of art, objects and clothing, and offers a unique perspective on manufacturing, the hand-made and consumer culture.



Suzanne Mooney: The Edge of Collapse, Spike Island, Bristol

21 January – 25 March 2012

This arresting new series of photographs stems from Suzanne Mooney’s interest in the potential sculptural qualities of the medium. Within her carefully composed images, an intense study of line, form and scale deliberately unsettles our perception of architectural and pictorial space.

Display devices, specifically those employed in the presentation of consumable goods, fascinate Mooney and often appear within her photographs. These empty structures become the focus and subject of the work, questioning conventional notions of function, commodity and value exchange. Other work transposes found imagery, for example of precious stones embedded in rocks, to create a lexicon of images and objects that move between the artificial and the organic.

Image:  Suzanne Mooney, Untitled, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Spike Island, Bristol.


Elizabeth Price: HERE, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

3 February – 27 May 2012

Elizabeth Price creates immersive video installations incorporating digital moving image, text and music. They draw upon existing archives of film, photography and physical collections of art to invent new, apocalyptic narratives.
Each video opens by establishing a particular setting: an auditorium, a sculpture gallery or, in her newest work, a wrecked container ship at the bottom of the sea. She draws upon historical film, photographic archives and collections of artefacts to generate fantasy episodes.

Image: Elizabeth Price, User Group Disco, 2009. Courtesy the artist and MOTInternational, London.


Steven Claydon: Culpable Earth, firstsite, Colchester

4 February – 7 May 2012

firstsite presents Culpable Earth, the first major solo exhibition by British artist Steven Claydon in a UK public gallery. Culpable Earth includes newly commissioned sculpture, video, painting and print, developed by the artist and shown for the first time in this exhibition.


Hamish Fulton, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

15 February – 22 April 2012

This exhibition, a major collaboration between Ikon and Turner Contemporary, Margate is the first museum show for British artist Hamish Fulton since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2002.

Hamish Fulton describes himself as a ‘walking artist’, with his work joining the two separate disciplines of walking and art. Fulton has made walking the basis of his practice for the past three decades, producing photography, text and sketches that evolve from the experience of solo and group walks in the landscape.

Image: Hamish Fulton, 31 Walks, 1971-2010. Courtesy the artist


Shilpa Gupta: Someone Else, Arnolfini, Bristol

3 March – 22 April, 2012

Shilpa Gupta creates artwork using a variety of media including video, objects, photography, sound and performances to examine such themes as desire, conflict, militarism, security, technology and human rights. Gupta’s application of technology in her works reveals her interest in how various media affect our understanding of the political realm. Considering technology as being an extension of body, mind and perception, she possesses a sharp political consciousness about the role, psychology and aesthetics of these media forms.
The exhibition will present new work alongside a key selection of works by Gupta from recent years, including her major installation Singing Cloud, 2008-09, an amorphous cluster of 4000 black microphones suspended from the ceiling.