Useless [from Untitled War Series]

Charnley, Clare (2003) Useless [from Untitled War Series]. In: Look To This Day curated by Castlefield Gallery from the Comme Ca Art Prize North 2003 nominees. Castlefield Gallery, Hewitt Street, Knott Mill, Manchester, 3 Oct - 23 Nov 2003, Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

This solo exhibition comprised Useless, which visually represents/ speaks to issues arising in visual representations of battles, particularly ones that are presented as cultural conflict, where there is a historical convention of depicting discarded objects. Often these are the debris of warfare, but they can also be the objects of non-war i.e. things that reference life beyond the frame (both of the painting and of war itself). This installation reproduces and groups such objects three dimensionally. ‘Untitled War Series' challenges and confuses the idea of cultural coherence by the range of artistic styles and understanding it utilises and the variety of cultures that the objects refer to. By including historic ‘mismatches’ between style and object, the work renders visible a range of cultures’ attempts to describe the other in their own terms. The work in this solo exhibition was later exhibited as part of ‘Look To this Day’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 03.10.03 - 23.11.03. It was developed from large-scale digital prints that were exhibited in Leeds Lens Galerija Cirkus, Chisinau, Moldova 29.09.02 -11.12.02 and later exhibited in ‘The War Effort’ Holden Gallery, Manchester 22.01.03 – 06.02.03 and Foundry Gallery, London. 08.11.03 – 22.11.03. This Solo Exhibition included a public lecture at the Taxi Gallery, 08.06.03 about ‘Useless’ and was an invited panel member of ‘The Personal was Political’, a panel discussion in front of public audience chaired by Dave Beech, Castlefield Gallery 30.10.03. From Untitled War Series was nominated for the £10,000 Comme Ca Art Prize 2003 by Nigel Walsh, Curator at Leeds City Art Gallery, Angela Kingston, Independent curator, Kirsten Lavers, curator of Taxi Gallery and Paul Rogers curator of major festivals in Estonia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information:This solo exhibition comprised Useless, which visually represents/ speaks to issues arising in visual representations of battles, particularly ones that are presented as cultural conflict, where there is a historical convention of depicting discarded objects. Often these are the debris of warfare, but they can also be the objects of non-war i.e. things that reference life beyond the frame (both of the painting and of war itself). This installation reproduces and groups such objects three dimensionally. ‘Untitled War Series' challenges and confuses the idea of cultural coherence by the range of artistic styles and understanding it utilises and the variety of cultures that the objects refer to. By including historic ‘mismatches’ between style and object, the work renders visible a range of cultures’ attempts to describe the other in their own terms. The work in this solo exhibition was later exhibited as part of ‘Look To this Day’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 03.10.03 - 23.11.03. It was developed from large-scale digital prints that were exhibited in Leeds Lens Galerija Cirkus, Chisinau, Moldova 29.09.02 -11.12.02 and later exhibited in ‘The War Effort’ Holden Gallery, Manchester 22.01.03 – 06.02.03 and Foundry Gallery, London. 08.11.03 – 22.11.03. This Solo Exhibition included a public lecture at the Taxi Gallery, 08.06.03 about ‘Useless’ and was an invited panel member of ‘The Personal was Political’, a panel discussion in front of public audience chaired by Dave Beech, Castlefield Gallery 30.10.03. From Untitled War Series was nominated for the £10,000 Comme Ca Art Prize 2003 by Nigel Walsh, Curator at Leeds City Art Gallery, Angela Kingston, Independent curator, Kirsten Lavers, curator of Taxi Gallery and Paul Rogers curator of major festivals in Estonia.
Keywords:Visual representation of war, Cultural conflict, Art installations
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W213 Visual Communication
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1192
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:18 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:17

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