What's on at Solent Showcase?
Solent Showcase, 18 November 2013 - 11 January 2014
What is the artistic legacy of the Olympic year? How has it changed the way we think about sport, about the body, about activity and rest? How are places subtly altered by human intervention, and what happens when everyone has gone home?
Through the work of contemporary British artists, the exhibition focuses on moments of stillness: of repose following exertion, of poise, bearing, balance and control; of space; absence; silence. It is intended to be post-Olympic - a shift from the Olympic focus on physical prowess, activity and exertion.
It is a positive examination of what happens after a period of the kind of activity which the Olympics represents. It is an intimate, reflective legacy of the London 2012 national project, using some perhaps familiar works and reframing their imagery for a post-Olympic Britain.
The exhibition addresses the potential and limitations of the human body: Melanie Manchot's work examines the great mental and emotional, as well as physical, preparation which precedes winter sport of the highest calibre; Jo Longhurst's photograph constructions capture some of the dynamism of bodies caught in flight during gymnastic manoeuvres; Clare Strand has suspended a body in space with no visible means of support, as if by magic; Gillian Wearing examines what it really takes to keep still, pushing the boundaries of decorum, poise and control. It also addresses place: Mary Maclean and Toby Glanville provide images which which are devoid of current human presence, but which suggest evidence of, and potential for, recent human activity, and furthermore the potential for further activity.
The exhibition will comprise video, photography and installation from British artists, made in the last twenty years.
Exhibition curated by Dr John Gillett and Sara Roberts.
The project is supported by Solent University and Hampshire Sculpture Trust.
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Toby Glanville is a self-taught photographer, whose work is in the collections of London's National Portrait Gallery and The Victoria & Albert Museum. He makes portraits for magazines such as Telegraph Magazine, and food shoots for the likes of Food Illustrated. In 2006 he was the exchange artist in Finland as part of the Fotonet agency based at The Winchester Gallery.
Jo Longhurst is a London-based photographer who is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham School of Art. She was awarded the 2012 Grange Prize for Photography and holds a PhD by Practice from the Royal College of Art. Her project Other Spaces explores ideas of perfection.
Melanie Manchot studied at New York University, City University London and Royal College of Art. She was awarded the Recipient of the Great North Run Moving Image Commission 2013. Her work The Continuous Still series was produced as part of a commission from CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto in 2012.
Mary Maclean studied at Glasgow school of art and Royal College of Art, London. She is a past Visiting Fellow in Painting at Winchester School of Art, and currently teaches Fine Art at University of Reading. She has held the John Minton Award for Travel, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award and the Abbey Award at the British School at Rome.
Clare Strand studied at University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art. She makes works which expose the supernatural and the unexpected, posing queries which are not necessarily answerable. She has work in The British Council Collection and The National Museum Of Photography, Film and Television. The work in this exhibition is kindly loaned by Arts Council Collection.
Gillian Wearing studied at Chelsea School of Art and graduated from Goldsmiths' College in 1990, becoming one of the celebrated generation of YBAs (Young British Artists). Her series of work variously explore notions of private and public, of behaviour and misbehaviour, authenticity and artificiality. The work in this exhibition is kindly loaned by Arts Council Collection.
Solent Showcase Gallery is a public gallery located within Southampton Solent University and is a key factor in Southampton's emergent Cultural Quarter.
Hampshire Sculpture Trust exists "to promote the enjoyment of sculpture and other contemporary art, through exhibitions and events."