Sunday, November 27, 2011

INCUBE8 Part VIII - Second Star to the Right and Straight on Until Morning

Thursday 1st December 2011
Second Star to the Right and Straight on Until Morning
Ben Rowe
Preview: 6:30pm till late
artist's peer critique 5:30 - 6:30pm
bar + food + music

Exhibition continues: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th, 12 – 5pm daily

Rowe’s work is concerned with the bittersweet passing of childhood.

Pulling from a huge wealth of sources of popular culture and primarily, films from the 1980s; Rowe reconstructs infamous props and scenes from these films.

The primary material is reclaimed MDF. The objects are painstakingly carved, sanded and cut from this material, then glued and affixed together to create a life size replica of the prop in the associated film. He consciously collects all the dust produced from making his work to make the ‘Temporary Monument Series’; a series of sandcastles made entirely from MDF dust continuing the recycled theme.

Rowe creates intricately detailed objects which show a number of different textures and surfaces making the paper, metal and electrical components of the object tactile and believable. Rowe creates props from films which have a recurring theme of travelling. Whether it be to future fictional worlds that never arrived or far off worlds of fantasy. The flux capacitor and hover board from ‘Back to the Future’, and the cosmic key from the lesser known ‘Masters of the Universe’ are prime examples of this.

A lot of the items Rowe chooses to focus on demonstrate a means of escape. Yet the innate un-usability of everything Rowe constructs is paramount to his concepts. By purposely adding each intricate detail to create an item that looks distinctively life like, the blandness and monotone of the MDF material throws back at you the frustrating fact that it is un-useable and still in many ways a fantasy and failure as a physical portal to other worlds.

Ben Row first showed this work at Mission Gallery.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Motorcade/FlashParade awarded Grants for the Arts Funding!!

Fantastic news!

Motorcade/FlashParade has been awarded Grants for the Arts funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  The £10,000 award will support four projects in our 2012 programme which will promote the work of emerging artists based in the South-West and provide a nurturing environment for peer learning and encouraging participation from new audiences.

The first project is a mini-residency and exhibition for Motorcade/FlashParade’s volunteers. This is a meaningful way to acknowledge their hard work and support through an opportunity to develop their practices in a collaborative project. The residency will culminate with an exhibition scheduled for late January.

The second project is INCUBE8 which will give eight emerging artists selected from proposals their first significant solo show. INCUBE8 promotes the development of new work and critical engagement with the space. It is split into two halves of 4 intensive weekly exhibitions scheduled for March and November.

A competition for curators is the third project which will give two curators selected for their proposed exhibitions the opportunity to realise their project and exhibit it.

The final project is a two month summer residency. The selected artist(s) will be chosen for how they intend to use the residency period where they will have the use of the 1000 square foot space as a studio. They will have the opportunity to develop a body of work and present this in a finishing event or exhibition at the end of September.

This funding is absolutely fantastic news for Motorcade/FlashParade and for emerging artists based in the region whose work will be promoted through these activities. We aim to provide a platform for some of the most interesting work produced in the South West in a nurturing environment that encourages experimentation. With these projects generously supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, 2012 promises to be a year of stimulating exhibitions and events!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Exo- ostracism in objects

Exo- ostracism in objects
An exhibition by visual artist Charles Thorburn.

Curated by Will Marshall with text by Rory Biddulph.

Private View
Wednesday 23rd of November, 6:30pm - late

Bar + food + music

Exhibition continues: Thursday 24th - sunday 27th, 12 - 6pm daily

Exo- ostracism in objects is the first solo show of Visual Artist Charles Thorburn. With a diverse range of Sculpture and 2D work, this exhibition investigates our complicated relationship with the structural paraphernalia that make up much of the spaces we navigate on a daily basis.

“Sparsely presented, his minimal works are highly crafted adaptations of intuitively selected and displaced objects... consisting of prosaic remnants of everyday objects, his works carry tremendous weight in their removed nature.”
- Rory Biddulph, Co- Editor of CANNED magazine

Taking place at Motorcade Flash Parade, the Private View is on the evening of Wednesday 23rd November with music, food and drinks available. The exhibition will run up to and including Sunday 27th November.

In association with the NewBridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne, this exhibition includes contributions from writer and artist Rory Biddulph, and Curator Will Marshal, Facilitating a dialogue between two cities of increasing importance to the UK’s developing contemporary Art scene.

Monday, November 14, 2011



Katie Davies

Thursday 17th November May
Preview: 7.30pm-late

Exhibition continues: Friday 18th – Sunday 19th May, 12–6pm daily 

Davies’ work observes tactical measures by which society and territory are organised and controlled. Produced during a residency at Yorkshire Artspace Society and Sheffield Town Hall and funded by the Arts Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Commonwealth shifts focus between three distinct types of ceremonial activity taking place within Sheffield Town Hall. Observations within the work reflect upon what it might mean to occupy more than one position or to remain in two minds as the film documents the citizenship ceremonies, the council meetings and a one-off brass- band performance, which was orchestrated in one of the Council’s ceremonial chambers.

Examining political and cultural thresholds, Davies is at times part and not part of the groups or subjects featured, reflecting upon individuals that are either liberated from certain structural obligations or bound by geo-political circumstance. In either instance, the threshold is a space to be treated with caution.

Monday, November 7, 2011

INCUBE8 Part VI - Altered Space

INCUBE8 part VI:

Altered Space: New Work from Amy Hancock-Martin

Hancock-Martin uses the exhibition space as a core material in her work. Alterations to a building are observed in changes to the finish of the space. Ceiling surfaces, walls floors and fittings are adjusted or covered to achieve a new texture, pattern and experience of the location.

In this working of layers, the artist shows us something unseen and unexpected. The predictable lines and patterns found in the building are juxtaposed against the installed work in a play with the hidden; through what is stripped back and made honest but also through what is concealed to deceive. The sense of play within the work constructs an interactivity that isn’t instructed or contrived, but engages questions of what is believable and what we can trust.

The care and attention to each installation employs detailed craftsmanship of each component, bringing to question comments on mass production, quality and good design and its place in architecture.

In the fragility in these new surfaces the viewer is forced to ask how well built the space is - will the ceiling fall, and will the floor hold me up?
Iris Kid 2011.

Thursday 10th November:


PRIVATE VIEW: 6:30pm - late

bar + food + music

Exhibition Continues: Weds 9th - Fri 10th, 12 - 6pm & Sat 11th - Sun 12th, 11 - 5pm

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Motorcade/FlashParade invites you to INCUBE8 Part V:


A solo show from Timothy Holt

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 3rd November, 6pm
Bar + Food + Music

Exhibition Continues: Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th, 12 - 6pm

THE HOW TO OF BILLY showcases a collection of innovative works under the series, “artefacts” by Technical Sculptor Timothy Holt. This selection of disciplined incarnations of objects questions their resemblance of the “manufacture programme” within the boundaries of art and design.

Holt’s first solo exhibition presents a selection of pieces which transform discarded domestic appliances into new forms, whilst retaining part of the original object. He playfully manipulates designed devices highlighting an embellishment of the everyday. Holt creates a sense of presence, through the spectators’ acknowledgement and physicality, whilst the issues addressed invite wider questions of our perception of assembled objects.