Friday, 1 October 2010

Collective Gallery Press Release - New Work Scotland Programme 2010



Collective Gallery
Press Release

New Work Scotland Programme 2010

New Work Scotland Programme lies at the heart of Collective's Professional Development Programme and creates a 4 month period dedicated to the support and development of new artists in Scotland through exhibitions, writing and events. Launched in 2000, New Work Scotland Programme supports some of the most promising new creatives working in the visual arts in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to make new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. Each year Collective invite a different selection panel to review applications and select artists through written proposals, images and interviews. The 2010 selection panel were: Jordon Baseman (Artist and lecturer at The Royal College, London), Lesley Young (Co-founder and director of The Salford Restoration Office), Michelle Cotton (Independent curator and writer, curator of Cubitt, London).

The selected artists are: Jacob Kerray, Shelly Nadashi, Nicolas Party and Catherine Payton. Lucy Clout and David Beattie have been selected for The Contemporaries Guest Room.
16 Oct – 28 Nov Jacob Kerray | Shelly Nadashi with Lucy Clout in The Contemporaries Guest Room.
11 Dec – 6 Feb 2011 Nicolas Party | Catherine Payton with David Beattie in The Contemporaries Guest Room.

NWSP writing was launched in 2002 in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art's Centre for Visual & Cultural Studies. The aim of NWSP writing is to promote new creative and critical writing within the visual arts. The writers collaborate with the artists and produce texts for Collective's NWSP newspaper as well as on-line texts for Collective's website. Collective have worked with MAP to select and deliver NWSP writing which involves editing and mentoring of the writers by the MAP team: Alice Bain (Editor MAP) and Steven Cairns (Artist and Co-editor of MAP). The two writers selected, Laura Edbrook and Norman Hogg both graduated Edinburgh College of Art this year. Laura from MA Contemporary Art Theory and Norman from MFA Visual Culture.

Jacob Kerray | Shelly Nadashi
Lucy Clout (Contemporaries Guest Room)
16 October - 28 November

Shelly Nadashi presents new work in a gallery exhibition as well as producing an off-site performance at Thomas Morton Hall, situated in the Leith Theatre complex.
 
Working with film, puppetry, text and object-making, Shelly's practice is rooted in live art, and explores the relationships between performer, object and environment. Through collaged narratives with surreal elements, her exhibitions and performances invite the viewer/audience to become part of a ceremony of self-examination. In this instance, performance and exhibition are linked, both having been developed in relation to the Thomas Morton Hall Theatre. Both also explore Shelly's interest in the object and its relationship to narrative.
 
The performance investigates the link between object and narrative. An imposing object among the audience questions their role and that of the stage. Puppets provide another way of investigating the link between object and narrative, taking the role of the agent or translator of Shelly's intimate voice.
 
Detached from the narrative and live event, the work in the exhibition provides an opportunity to re-consider objects from the performance. A filmed conversation between Shelly and her friend Noam further illuminates reoccurring themes.

       Biography
       Glasgow-based artist Shelly Nadashi was born in 1981 in Haifa. She graduated from The School for Visual Theatre in Jerusalem before completing an MFA degree at the Glasgow School of Art 2007-2009.                                                            
        Nadashi has exhibited at the Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Plateux Festival Frankfurt, and in the Magdeburg Puppetry Festival.  Recent performances include Urlibido (part of Glasgow International 2010),                                
       Ambush in Wedding at SWG3 Glasgow, and Reading Application Forms at Glasgow Festival of DIY Culture.

Jacob Kerray presents a new series of paintings for NWSP. Juxtaposing diverse cultural references, his work has a particular relationship with male identity as described through visual culture through the ages, manifesting itself in large figurative paintings, often hung in a salon style.

Fusing the aesthetics of classical and Baroque portraiture in the context of the counter reformation, with a variety of present day pin-ups taken from wrestling, football and sci-fi, Jacob explores how these differing visual languages can be used to examine popular culture and produce modern mythologies. His paintings attempt to imitate the intensity, immediacy and drama of Baroque painting acting as a homage to its ideals. But by exchanging the traditional subjects of the canon for the somewhat forgotten heroes of male 'geek' stardom, he salutes, and, at the same time, undermines, their historical context.

For this project, Jacob is focusing on the Star Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh, the superhuman tyrant who once controlled more than a quarter of the Earth, and his voyage of revenge on Captain Kirk. Other heroes like 'Der Kaiser' footballer Franz Beckenbauer collide with Singh to perform new parodies full of visual puns and jarring clich├ęs.

        Biography
        
Glasgow-based Jacob Kerray was born in Dannenberg, Germany. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art BA in 2010. Following his degree show, he exhibited in 'Bad Grace' alongside Ian Hetherington      
        at The Duchy Gallery, where he also has his studio.

THE CONTEMPORARIES GUEST ROOM

This year Collective have programmed our guest room with a focus on young artists who are working outside Scotland, this programme acts as a relevant reference point for the artists involved in the NWSP and the wider audience.
Collective are pleased to invite London based Lucy Clout and Dublin based David Beattie to present work in The Contemporaries Guest Room.

Lucy Clout
studied at Goldsmiths, London prior to completing an MFA at The Royal College, London. Recent exhibitions include manual non manual manual, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK and Limoncello, London, UK.  Lucy is currently on the LUX Associates programme
David Beattie trained at National College of Art and Design (BA), Dublin and Dun Laoghaire IADT, Dublin (MA).  He has recently finished a residency at Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh.  Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto and a group show There is no solution because there is no problem, that was part of Art Sheffield 2010
  • New Work Scotland Programme Part II Nicolas Party | Catherine Payton with David Beattie in The Contemporaries Guest Room from 11 December 2010 - 6 February 2011 further information to follow or available on request.
  • Collective's newspaper publication is available now featuring new writing and the NWSP programme of events and performances.
  • NWSP 2010 is in association with MAP, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, The Woodmill and Studio Voltaire.
  • Collective is funded by Creative Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council.

Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC009201