Distance

Shepley, Alec and McClenaghen, John (2010) Distance. [Show/Exhibition]

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Official URL: http://avenuegallery.org/Avenue%20Gallery/distance...

Abstract

This was an exhibition comprising assemblages and collages, photographs and drawings, by UK artists Alec Shepley and John McClenaghen at the Avenue Gallery, Northampton. See: http://avenuegallery.org/Avenue%20Gallery/distance.html and http://www.artrabbit.com/all/events/event/18101/distance_john_mcclenaghen_and_alec_shepley. Shepley and McClenaghen were invited to show as part of the gallery’s curatorial policy to host exhibitions by established artists who are committed to an engagement with the wider cultural and academic community. The show included a limited edition publication and a joint lecture by both artists in the gallery to discuss the aspects of the work in more detail and provide a forum to debate the media, materials, processes and ideas involved and the contextual underpinning. See also: http://www.cpara.co.uk/events/repeatrepeat/embodiment.html and http://sensuousknowledge.org/2008/05/alec-shepley/. The exhibition formed a part of a much broader research project in which the two artists are investigating the presentation of the fragmented work and the ‘unfinished’ project. Aspects of dilapidation, ruin and entropy are explored and much of the work in this exhibition focused on more positive interpretations of ruin – on a thing that might be coming into being as opposed to being left to decay. The work resulting from the research project is demonstrating a seemingly endless preoccupation with cutting, placing, re-cutting and re-placing, joining and unjoining, in the collages/assemblages (telescoping between making and un-making) and the eventual ‘dis-assembly’ or collapse of the outcome. The paradoxical issue of trying to ‘frame’ something that is meant to remain un-framed is at the heart of the project and questions whether the work itself is in a state of ruin – failing in a way to remain intact and opening up potential spaces for renewed practice – but always coming into being. As part of the on-going research project the artists are invited to exhibit new works resulting from their dialogue at the National Academy for Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria in September 2011.

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Additional Information:This was an exhibition comprising assemblages and collages, photographs and drawings, by UK artists Alec Shepley and John McClenaghen at the Avenue Gallery, Northampton. See: http://avenuegallery.org/Avenue%20Gallery/distance.html and http://www.artrabbit.com/all/events/event/18101/distance_john_mcclenaghen_and_alec_shepley. Shepley and McClenaghen were invited to show as part of the gallery’s curatorial policy to host exhibitions by established artists who are committed to an engagement with the wider cultural and academic community. The show included a limited edition publication and a joint lecture by both artists in the gallery to discuss the aspects of the work in more detail and provide a forum to debate the media, materials, processes and ideas involved and the contextual underpinning. See also: http://www.cpara.co.uk/events/repeatrepeat/embodiment.html and http://sensuousknowledge.org/2008/05/alec-shepley/. The exhibition formed a part of a much broader research project in which the two artists are investigating the presentation of the fragmented work and the ‘unfinished’ project. Aspects of dilapidation, ruin and entropy are explored and much of the work in this exhibition focused on more positive interpretations of ruin – on a thing that might be coming into being as opposed to being left to decay. The work resulting from the research project is demonstrating a seemingly endless preoccupation with cutting, placing, re-cutting and re-placing, joining and unjoining, in the collages/assemblages (telescoping between making and un-making) and the eventual ‘dis-assembly’ or collapse of the outcome. The paradoxical issue of trying to ‘frame’ something that is meant to remain un-framed is at the heart of the project and questions whether the work itself is in a state of ruin – failing in a way to remain intact and opening up potential spaces for renewed practice – but always coming into being. As part of the on-going research project the artists are invited to exhibit new works resulting from their dialogue at the National Academy for Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria in September 2011.
Keywords:ruin, Entropy, un-making, Art installations, fragmentation, assemblages, Aesthetics, aesthetic nihilsm, Unfinished, Abandonment
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:4490
Deposited By: Alec Shepley
Deposited On:03 Jun 2011 07:48
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:00

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