08.05.15 7.30pm - 9.30pm
A project by Gordon Culshaw and John O’Hare
Friday 08.05.15 | 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Exhibition Open (at other times by appointment)
Saturday 09.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 10.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 16.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 17.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
In the overlapping spheres of the art historical object and that of the contemporary art object the subject of preservation is a contentious one. In a reversal of the usual museological concerns, curators John O’Hare and Gordon Culshaw set out to investigate the affect of time and biological and chemical decay on artworks.
Selected from an Open Call by Culshaw and O’Hare artists Graham Dunning (UK), Barbara Ekström (Sweden), Stig Evans (UK), Veronika Lukasova (Czech Republic / UK), Fred Martin (France), Samira Shafiei Nejad (Iran / UK), Raksha Patel (UK), Topp and Dubio (Netherlands),Peter Trukenbrod (Sweden), and Chris Wood(UK) elected to have their work buried in a field at a depth of six feet on a farm in Lancashire for 12 months prior to exhibiting. Towards the end of 2014 the site was excavated and the works were exhumed to allow the curators and artists the opportunity to further develop their ideas. The resultant Roadside Museum exhibition takes both the objects and documentation of the excavation, and looks at the changes brought about through the process of accelerated decay.
As a curator John O’Hare has worked on projects with, amongst others, Construction Gallery, London and Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool. he has also been involved in many projects as an artist and a writer.
Gordon Culshaw is a practicing artist and curator based in Merseyside working with film and video. His critically acclaimed work has been exhibited widely and regularly features in film festivals around the world.
About The Artists
Graham Dunning (UK) is an artist and musician whose practice deals with temporality, memory and narrative through sound, performance and installation. He runs the Open Sound Group and his recent exhibitions include Sound Fjord, and On the Ledge Gallery, London; Contact Theatre, Manchester and a residency at the Rea Garden, Birmingham. www.grahamdunning.com
Barbara Ekström (Sweden) is a site-specific and installation artist. She has exhibited her work widely with recent exhibitions at Skylight Gallery and the AC Institute, New York; Cavafy Museum, Alexandria, Egypt and the Sienna Art Institute, Italy. www.barbaraekstrom.se
Stig Evans (UK) is a painter and a paintings conservator. His work as a restorer informs his artistic practice. Recent exhibitions include: Fabrica Gallery, Brighton; Gallery Solar, New York and Whitechapel Gallery, London. www.stigevans.com
Veronika Lukasova (born Czech Republic, now based in UK) is an editorial and documentary photographer, filmmaker and photographic artist. Her photos and photo features have appeared in the National Geographic, the Guardian and Time magazine. Her work has won numerous honours including Women in Photography International and awards from the Czech Press photo. Recent exhibitions include Derby Photo Festival, Hundred Years Gallery, London and Atelier Freier Fotografen, Berlin. www.veronikalukasova.com
Fred Martin (France) is a site-specific artist working in the fields of sculpture, photography, performance, drawing and engraving. He aims to discover the impact of time and nature on his artworks. Over a long distinguished career he has produced work around the world with recent exhibitions at Itaparica Island, Brazil, and the Earth Antre Nature Park, France. www.fredmartin.fr
Samira Shafiei Nejad (born in Iran, now based in UK) is a painter and the recent winner of the ‘Mike Holland prize for painting and drawing.’ In 2012 she graduated from Birmingham School of Art with an MA in painting. She is currently Fellow Researcher at CFAR Birmingham City University.www.samirashafieinejad.com
Raksha Patel (UK) works in drawing and photography. The genre of portraiture underpins her practice exploring the physical transformation and decay of such images. Recent solo exhibitions have included Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, London and Projection Space, Site Gallery, Sheffield. www.rakshapatel.co.uk
Peter Trukenbrod (born in Sweden, now based in Netherlands) is a sculptor creating new structural formations out of recycled materials in order to explore and comment upon his surroundings. His recent exhibitions include Roda Stern, Gothenborg, Sweden and Galerie Picassa, Den Haag, the Netherlands.www.trukenbrod.nl
Topp & Dubio (Netherlands) is a multidisciplinary artist duo taking a conceptual approach to the subject of fact and fiction, art and daily life. Since they first collaborated in 1995 they have shown their work internationally with recent exhibitions at Athens Video Art Festival, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kalliningrad, Russia, Fine Arts Academy, Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cinema Les Lumieres de Vitrolles, Marseille, France. www.topp-dubio.nl
Chris Wood (UK) is a sonic artist who produces “soundscapes” based on his on-site recordings. Recent exhibitions include Banff Park Museum, Canada; Construction Gallery, London and ‘Cosmopolination’ that was broadcast on Resonance FM. www.wordthecat.com