Friday 13 January 2012

Kendall Koppe / LAYING DOWN AND KISSING THE LOVE IN THE MIST, Part 2 - curated by Laura Aldridge / Preview 20th January 7-9pm


Part 2 - Caroline Achaintre, Neil Bickerton, Kathryn Elkin, Jess Flood-Paddock, Anna Mayer, Louise Shelley
Curated by Laura Aldridge
20th January - 18th February 2012

Preview: Friday 20th January 2012, 7-9 pm
Performances scheduled on the opening night: Neil Bickerton - 7:45pm & Kathryn Elkin - 8:15pm

Untitled or Not Yet - curated by Louise Shelly - 18th February 2012, 12-6pm
Lucy Clout, Kathryn Elkin, Katherine MacBride and Camilla Wills

Kendall Koppe is pleased to present the second part of Laying down and kissing the love in the mist, curated by artist Laura Aldridge. Part 1 of Laying down and kissing the love in the mist presented The Maid of the Mist, a performance work by American artist Ree Morton made whilst on residency at ArtPark, New York in 1976. Morton worked throughout the 1960s and 70s developing her own critical and artistic trajectory in relation to structuralist theory, surrealist literature and emotional experience. Armed with her own directness of attitude Ree Morton's work offers a distinctive framework to contemporary visual art practices today. Her insistence on the intuitive as part of a rigorous and theoretical approach makes her work relevant to current practices that explore spaces within the subjective, and their possible reflection on embedded behavior and habitual relations of knowledge and power.

Laying down and kissing the love in the mist - Part 2 seeks to develop a creative space where moments within the work of Morton and the invited artists may be expanded and held open as a possibility. Taking this particular work by Morton as a catalyst, Part 2 features newly commissioned art works and performances by Neil Bickerton, Kathryn Elkin, Anna Mayer, Jess Flood-Paddock and Louise Shelley, anchored with an existing piece of work by Caroline Achaintre. This gradual reveal of the exhibition's distinct chapters allows the works featured in the exhibition to sit alongside one another while encouraging a reading of the different relationships at work within each practice. The careful handling of these, often intuitive, relationships is key to the exhibition.

Untitled or Not Yet is an invitation initiated by Louise Shelly that will take place during the last day of the exhibition. A collection of new works will be shown in the gallery during normal opening times, to propose an interruption and expansion of the existing dialogue in the gallery space without the format of an evening event or lecture. The new collection of works will be by Lucy Clout, Kathryn Elkin, Katherine MacBride and Camilla Wills.

About the artists:

Laura Aldridge (b. 1978) lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Cairn, Pittenweem, Fife; Studio Voltaire, 2011; Cat's are not important, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2010); The workshop survived because we love each other, Glasgow Sculpture Studio, Glasgow (2007); and Social Dynamism, Calarts, Los Angeles (2005). She has a forthcoming solo exhibtion at the CCA, Glasgow in February 2012.

Caroline Achaintre (b.1969 Toulouse) lives and works in London. She graduated from the MFA programme at Goldsmiths College in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include Couleur Locale, Arcade, London; Novelty, Mirko Mayer, Cologne and Visor Visitor, Fake Estate, New York. She has also participated in group exhibitions in LOG, Bergamo; Oechsner Galerie, Nuremberg; Waltraum, Munich; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London and The Saatchi Gallery, London.

Neil Bickerton lives and works in Glasgow

Kathryn Elkin (b.1983) lives and works in London. Her research is most commonly realized through live performance, video or writing as proposed performance. Recent exhibitions include 21st Century program at Chisenhale Gallery, (London, 2011), The Hole, (London, 2011), with Sue Thompkins and Oliver Rees and 'What we Make With Words' at CCA (Glasgow, 2011). Her work has been published by Sternberg Press, 2HB and gnommero.

Anna Mayer lives and works in Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Moving between collectivity and introspection, Mayer attempts to establish an "outcantatory" practice that uses language, fire, and intention to propose relationships encouraging embodiment and the rejection of discreet, linear modes of reception. In 2010 Mayer had a solo exhibition at Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Night Gallery (CA), Cerritos College Art Gallery (CA), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), Karen Lovegrove (CA), and Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NY). Mayer recently completed her WORD THE WORD series of guided listening sessions at the Experimental Meditation Center of Los Angeles. In addition to her solo practice, Anna works with Jemima Wyman as part of the collaborative duo CamLab. In the first part of 2012, CamLab will stage three events at MOCA in Los Angeles as part of its Engagement Party series.

Ree Morton (b.1936 - 1977) , an artist who is virtually unknown in Europe and has recently been rediscovered by a growing American audience, was of the generation of Eva Hesse and Paul Thek. Not unlike them, she challenged conceptual art and the orthodoxy of 1970s minimalism by fusing elements of historic art, aspects of ritual, and decor with the analytical rigor of a structural mapping of space. Her thinking drew on a great variety of literary, philosophical, and ethnological sources

Jess Flood-Paddock (b.1977, London) lives and works in London. Educated at The Slade and The Royal College of Art. Forthcoming projects include a solo show at Grimm Gallery Amsterdam and Britain Creates 2012 a collaboration with fashion designder Jonathan Saunders.Recent exhibitions include Gangsta's Paradise at the Hayward GalleryProject Space, London (2010, curated by Tom Morton), The Grid System A Regime: SpartacusChetwynd & Jess Flood-Paddock at MCA, Malta (2010), Sacrifice at Swallow Street, London (2010,curated by Sarah McCrory), Phyllida Barlow & Jess Flood-Paddock at the Russian Club, London (2009)and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2006). She was commissioned to make a short film for Channel 4and Frieze Foundation Film Commissions 2010.

Louise Shelley (b.1982) lives and works in London. Co-editor of 2HB she also works at The Showroom coordinating the Communal Knowledge programme and as Education Curator at Studio Voltaire. She occasionally produces work in collaboration with other artists, these have included; Laura Aldridge, Giles Bailey, Kate Morrell and Kathryn Elkin

Lucy Clout (b. 1980) is a London based artist working in video, sculpture and performance. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Limoncello Gallery London, IPS Bournville and group shows at Transmission, Glasgow, CAG, Vancouver and The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.

Katherine MacBride (b. 1982) is an artist, art therapist and independent researcher based in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and in 2010 gained an MSc Art Psychotherapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Katherine's practice currently explores the use of art based research alongside social research methods as a means of understanding and representing lived experience. This is currently focused on aspects of role identification and how it relates to ethics and social experience. Katherine will be exhibiting a new collaborative installation with Chris Dyson at the Old Hairdressers, Glasgow in July 2012.

Camilla Wills (b.1985) lives and works in London. Understanding the grammar and layout of literature as an emotional field, she uses her preoccupation with the irrepressible affectivity of literary language to produce performances, installation, video and writing. The work posits the sensory properties of a phenomenological body perceiving the material world coupled with an errant, energetic subjectivity. Recent activities include graduation from the masters programme at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (NL), the Spring Residency at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center (US) and co-editing Dauerwelle, a zine for artists' writing, with Jacob Blandy.

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