Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Maddy Pethick at Off The Hook Clothing

Maddy Pethick A Kind of Lulling (2011) Looped digital video, monitor

A Kind of Lulling by Maddy Pethick is the latest work to appear in the window of Off The Hook Clothing Exeter, in association with Found Space.

A single image, cut from an outmoded instructional book on how to customize your clothes, provides the basis for a puzzling video exploring artifice, stillness and false adornment. The work, produced in response to the context of the clothing store, reflects the artist's ongoing investigation into found image, sparkles and the application of simple, default rendering tools in video editing software. 

Maddy Pethick is a Devon-based artist and a lecturer in Contextual and Critical Studies at Plymouth College of Art. She makes picture and object installations, photographs, drawings, videos and book-works. Clothes, pineapples, cacti, knick-knacks, cats, swing bins, lamps and further miscellanea appear and reappear in ongoing arrangements and configurations both for – and not for – the camera.

Maddy Pethick A Kind Lulling
11th May - 1st June 2011
Off The Hook Clothing
151- 152 Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AN

Friday, 6 May 2011

Found Space at British Art Show 7 - Plymouth Fringe

British Art Show 7 visits Plymouth this autumn and Found Space plans to be part of the Fringe with a performance curation/exhibition called HEIST.

During the run of British Art Show 7 in Plymouth, Found Space will be stealing art (and anything else they can lay their hands on) from the city. A signed and numbered artwork will be left in place of items removed, in a gesture of artistic exchange.

Returning to their home city of Exeter, Found Space will open their lock-up for a few days to show off their haul to the public. Ransoms may be involved.

The work is in response to Exeter’s apparently peripheral status to the British Art Show 7. For a few days, Found Space will attempt to redress this imbalance and give the people of Exeter a chance to participate in British Art Show 7 and Plymouth Fringe.

HEIST explores the mechanics of the contemporary art market, including the value assigned to different types of art or artefacts, and reflects on the legal as well as illegal transactions that utilise art as a commodity or currency.

HEIST is funded by Exeter Arts Council.  Venues and dates to be confirmed.

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