Art Night 2018 – GALLERY46 at BARGEHOUSE
GALLERY46 at BARGEHOUSE, presenting work by Duggie Fields, Sean Dower, David James.
Through multidisciplinary architecture artists explore the notion of identity within the urban environment, understanding of the resident and of the outsider, what it means to belong and what belonging actually means. Duggie Fields’ digital films reflect themes of iconography present in his paintings of the last five decades. Sean Dower’s video performance, a real-time sequence where the artist tries to maintain his balance, David James ethereal images explore relationships between personal experience and the history of art.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS IS
Digital film and music artworks spanning ten years
Artist Duggie Fields’ digital film works and accompanying music reflect themes present in his vibrant, Post Pop paintings of the last five decades, capturing elements of popular culture in iconography referencing; art, fashion, film, music and celebrity, a knowing cynicism shares space in a surreal panorama with his strangely optimistic and up beat theatre.
A body of audio / visual travelogues inspired by / and steeped in / his unique life experience.
SPIRIT LEVEL 1993
Black and white video with ambient sound. 11.42 min (looping)
In this real-time sequence for monitor, the artist tries to maintain his balance with the glass from a spirit level attached to his forehead.
Initially the image looks motionless, but when the viewer looks closer, the motion of the bubble in the glass vial becomes mesmeric and the impossibility of absolute stillness becomes apparent.
THE END OF CIVILISATION
A series of drawings and paintings that explore the relationship between personal experience and the history of art.
The drawings are the result of a meticulous technique he uses to modify the reproductions of masterpieces by artists such as Velázquez and Rembrandt, torn from the pages of vintage art books. This seemingly destructive act abstracts iconic works from the history of art to the point of oblivion, but in doing so James creates new images with new identities.
Fields was born in Tidworth, Wiltshire. Briefly studying architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic, he continued his studies at Chelsea School of Art from 1964 – 1968. It was during this time his creative practice shifted from following minimal, conceptual and constructivist art movements to display a more hard-edge Post-Pop painting figuration. From the 1970s onwards, his works began displaying characteristics now associated with Postmodern art. In 1983 Fields was invited by the Shiseido Corporation to Tokyo, where a gallery was created to show his paintings. To mark this exhibition, he and his works were simultaneously featured in a television, magazine, billboard and subway advertising campaign throughout Japan. In the mid-90’s expanding into the digital with audio and animation, he evolved a personal form of MAXIMAlism, defining it as MINIMALism with a plus, plus, plus.
Fields has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, with notable solo shows being held at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1980), Shiseido Contemporary, Tokyo (1983), Rempire, New York (1991) and Galleri Gi Ljere, Denmark (2008). His works are also held in public collections including the Arts Council and University College London. In 2016, he was celebrated by the British Film Institute FLARE with a presentation of a collection of his video collage sound work.
In 2017 his Portrait of Syd Barrett hung for 6 months in the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of their Pink Floyd Exhibition, before going on to the Macro in Rome where it is on show now. Glasgow International 2018, the Modern Institute Glasgow presented an exhibition of his works based around a gallery installation recreating his home studio, with paintings, video and music pieces.
Duggie Fields lives and works in London England.
Sean Dower produces works in sculpture, photography, film, live performance and sound. Much of his work draws on his historical involvement in live performance. Dower was active in the UK, industrial music scene of the early 1980s and then worked with the radical performance art group Bow Gamelan Ensemble. He studied Sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and Design and then attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten in Amsterdam. He has been presenting his work internationally in galleries, museums and other contexts since the early 1990’s and has been engaged in music and live performance since 1983. For his first solo exhibition, at Matt’s Gallery in London in 1997, Dower produced a site-specific, ‘3D’ Zombie film (No Room in Hell).
David James is an artist living and working in London. Over the past 8 years, he has developed a body of personal art work.
His practice consists of drawing, painting and assemblage. It is biographical in nature and utilises appropriated motifs from the history of art to explore subjects relating to personal experiences or current affairs. James’ process is experimental and intuitive. Ideas usually develop from a combination of unrelated investigations into the properties of objects, materials and tools. The work in Civilisation evolved from three separate disciplines – book collecting, mark-making and production. Together they form a mediation on the history of art, the human figure and iconography.
ART NIGHT IS LONDON’S LARGEST FREE CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL, TRANSFORMING THE CITY ANNUALLY FOR ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT WITH A SERIES OF ARTIST PROJECTS IN EXTRAORDINARY LOCATIONS.
ART NIGHT 2018 CONSISTS OF TWELVE NEW COMMISSIONS, ONE-OFF EXHIBITIONS AND PREMIERES CURATED BY THE HAYWARD GALLERY* ALONGSIDE SPECIAL ARTIST PROJECTS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, INDEPENDENT CREATIVES AND COLLECTIVES IN RESPONSE TO ART NIGHT’S OPEN CALL*.
ART NIGHT 2018 HEADS SOUTH OF THE RIVER THIS JULY PROGRAMME OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS AND UNIQUE SITES ANNOUNCED
On Saturday 7 July 2018 from 6.00pm to 6.00am, Art Night will transform the Thames riverbank with new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12internationally renowned artists for London’s largest free contemporary arts festival.
With highlighted projects curated by the Hayward Gallery exhibitions team, Art Night will take place in iconic and off-the-beaten- track venues along a trail that runs from the Southbank, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, and Battersea Power Station.
Artworks will be sited across a dozen exceptional and historic sites along the trail, from cultural landmarks such as the Hayward Gallery and the Garden Museum, to more unusual spaces including New Covent Garden Market, the British Interplanetary Society, Embassy Gardens, and the iconic Battersea Power Station. A group of Art Night Guides, supported by Art Fund, will be on hand across the trail to guide visitors throughout the night, with a dedicated MBNA Thames Clippers boat running a bespoke route until 4am.
Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff and the curatorial team have taken their cue from the immediate context of the local area, to ask questions about the emotional and political associations of ‘home’, including residency, refuge and security; and even the quest to create habitats on other planets. This edition of Art Night also explores the rich history of gardening and urban produce in the area between the South Bank and Battersea Power Station, which once supplied vegetables, fruit and flowers to the whole of London and contains the oldest continually cultivated gardens in the city.
The 2018 programme comprises new commissions by artists including Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton (b.1978, UK) who will respond to Battersea Power Station site with a new augmented reality experience presented concurrently with her recently unveiled Tate Britain 2018 Commission; Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, UK) presenting a new performance in a second collaboration with the Melodians Steel Orchestra; Tamara Henderson (b. 1982, Canada), inspired by the taxonomies of plants and their diverse geographies and climatic conditions, will respond to the New Covent Garden Market with a ‘Floral Ensemble’ musical performance; and a public procession and performance by Marinella Senatore (b. 1977, Italy) for thousands of people to take part in along the Art Night trail.