Parafin | News and Updates | 28 July 2017

Parafin | News | 28 July 2017


Parafin: News and Updates
28 July 2017



Current Exhibition
Transient Space

Mike Ballard, Nathan Coley, Keith Coventry

Tim Head, Melanie Manchot, Abigail Reynolds

'Transient Space' is a group exhibition exploring different approaches to urban space in the work of six leading contemporary artists. The works included adopt a varied series of positions in relation to urbanism: critical, observational, participatory, performative. Taken together, they form a series of open-ended propositions about the contemporary urban environment, the way it is experienced and how it affects us. Indebted to Baudelaire’s beloved flâneur, the observant urban wanderer, as well as the Situationist notion of the
dérive, the works suggest a journey through urban space. The city is explored in relation to Modernism, but is here also an environment that encodes both past and future. It is a palimpsest, a politically demarcated zone, a stage, a generator of obscure visual codes and languages. It is both a map and a space that must be navigated. Seen through the framework of the exhibition, the contemporary urban environment is revealed as complex, threatening, energised, confusing and vital but also, to use the titles of Tim Head’s works which inspired the exhibition: ‘transient, fugitive, terminal’.

The exhibition runs until 16 September.

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Melanie Manchot

The Jarman Award

Art Night 2017

Melanie Manchot has been shortlisted for the 2017 Jarman Award. Launched in 2008, inspired by the visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the award recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers.

This year’s Jarman Award Tour will travel to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, showcasing work by the six shotylisted artists from 1 October 2017 to 19 November 2017 in 12 venues around the UK culminating in a special weekend of screenings, discussions and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 18 and 19 November. The winner of the 2017 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017.

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Manchot's recent commission for Art Night 2017, Dance (All Night, London), has been acquired by the Arts Council Collection, made possible by Art Fund. Dance (All Night, London) for Art Night was a collective dance performance realised in collaboration with 10 dance schools from east London. The dancers paraded through the streets of east London coming together in Exchange Square, Broadgate where they danced side by side. A major film work resulting from the preformance is in production.

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Fernando Casasempere

Sculpture in the City

Chilean sculptor Fernando Casasempere is included in the seventh edition of Sculpture in the City taking place in the City of London until May 2018.

Casasempere has created a new work, Reminiscence (2017), a wall sculpture which evokes geological forms but also the remains of a once-grand ruined structure or even a construction site. Placed in the heart of the City of London it is a powerful statement about the relationship between nature and culture.

Sculpture in the City continues until May 2018.

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Indrė Šerpytytė

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial

International Festival of Photography of Belo Horizonte

Bonniers Konsthall

Indrė Šerpytytė will participate in the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, launching in July 2018, led by artistic directors Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann. Šerpytytė will take part in a new artist-in-residence programme bringing together six international, six national, and six local artists.

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Works from Šerpytytė's 'Pedestal' series are included in the International Festival of Photography of Belo Horizonte running until 1 September. The 'Pedestal' series combine archive images of Soviet-era statues with images of these statues in their current location in Grutas Park, Lithuania, compressing past and present in a single image.

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Bonniers Konsthall's forthcoming exhibition 'The Image of War' will include Šerpytytė's audio work Toppled. For this work the artist employed a professional narrator specialising in film and television descriptions for the blind to interpret footage compiled of the dismantling of the kind of public monuments depicted in the artist's 'Pedestal' series after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

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Katie Paterson
Yokohama Trienniale

Katie Paterson is included in the Yokoham Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations and Galapagos, opening 4 August. Paterson will show Fossil Necklace, a necklace comprising 170 fossils carved into spherical beads. Each bead represents a major event in the evolution of life through the vast expanse of geological time. Also exhibited will be All the Dead Stars, a map documenting the locations of just under 27,000 dead stars – all that have been recorded and observed by humankind.

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Nathan Coley


Paul, The Lamp of Sacrifice, Tate Modern on Fire

National Galleries Scotland have published a new book to coincide with Nathan Coley's current exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, part of the new 'NOW' strand of contemporary programming. The book looks at the three works included in Coley's exhibition: Paul (2015), The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh 2004 (2004), and Tate Modern on Fire (2017) and includes a new essay by award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and director Ewan Morrison.

Nathan Coley's exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh continues until 24 September.

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