The summer programme of exhibitions and events opens bringing together the work of artists' David Askevold and Mathilde Rosier; Askevold's videos and performances have a dark, yet vibrant energy while Rosier's ritualistic enactments similarly venture into the realm of the occult and altered states of consciousness. Eventually an exhibition of work by Katie Cuddon in the Artists' Studio marks the close of the inaugural Ceramics Fellowship.
David Askevold: The Disorientation Scientist
Galleries 1, 2 & Reading Room
From the end of the 1960s to his death in 2008, Askevold was a pioneer in experimental video, sound, photography and text and an influential teacher at some of America’s most celebrated art schools. This survey of his work brings together seminal pieces from the 1970s, his most important installations, documentation of performances and collaborative works he made with artists Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler.
Curated by Anne Pontégnie and organised in association with Le Consortium, Dijon.
“I have at times thought of David’s work as being a kind of structuralist take on Kenneth Anger’s psychosexual film rituals. Can delirium, while being experienced, be analysed? Wouldn’t doing so disrupt delirium’s seductive, mysterious qualities? Well, Askevold seemed to have his cake and eat it, too. He was a disorientation scientist.”
Mathilde Rosier: Necklace of Fake Teeth
French artist Mathilde Rosier (b.1973) creates atmospheric environments which draw on her interest in the physical and psychological experience of ancient rites and rituals. For her first solo exhibition in the UK, she will transform Gallery 3 into a series of rooms, bringing together paintings, sculptural assemblages and film. This specially constructed environment evokes the journey between conscious and unconscious realms, with the motif of the bed representing a threshold to buried psychic states. The installation was influenced by Sigmund Freud, Jean Rouch’s 1955 film Les Maîtres Fous, and Howard Carter’s excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
On the opening night of the exhibition, there will be a performance by Rosier, in which participants will be invited to wear masks and become part of a mysterious ritual ceremony. These masks will then be included in the exhibition.
Katie Cuddon: Spanish Lobe
This exhibition marks the culmination of Katie Cuddon’s Fellowship with a selection of works made over its duration.
The work forms part of her ongoing investigations into clay’s facility for conveying raw expression through the directness with which it can be manipulated. Cuddon has used her time to develop the use of ceramic colouring methods as well as examining the complex relationship between the image and object, mark-making and the surface of the built clay sculptures she creates.
Image: The Poltergeist (detail), 1979, a collaboration between David Askevold and Mike Kelley. Courtesy and © David Askevold Estate
Opening event programme
Thursday 21 July, 5.45 - 6.30pm
Curator Anne Pontégnie leads an introductory tour of both exhibitions
Thursday 21 July, around 9.30pm
Mathilde Rosier's new live performance Cruising on the Deck will take place following the exhibition preview. Participants are invited to wear masks made by Rosier as part of a mysterious ritual ceremony.
Wednesday 27 July, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Katie Cuddon discuss her exhibition with Richard Dyer
Wednesday 03 August, 7.00 - 8.00pm
Curator Kit Hammond leads a tour of the David Askevold exhibition
Sunday 07 August, 2.00 - 4.30pm
Artist collective Auto Italia South East lead a family day, using the exhibitions as a starting point there will be fun and interactive activities for all ages
For images and further information please contact Elisa Ruff: firstname.lastname@example.org
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