Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Motorcade/FlashParade National Open Winners Announced

Motorcade/FlashParade in a-n

Jack Hutchinson writes in a-n:

Motorcade/FlashParade National Open 2012 winners

Three artists share £1,500 prize fund.


NEWS: 10 Dec 2012

    Tom Bayliss, TRIBECA.
The winners of this year's Motorcade/Flashparade National Open have been announced, with three artists each receiving £500 in prize money.
First prize went to David Theobald for his computer generated video work 'Walking Holiday in Grindelwald'. He will also have the opportunity for a solo show at the Motorcade/Flashparade project space in Bristol. Second prize went to Ellen Wilkinson, with The Urbis Bursary Award going to Tom Bayliss.
Julie McCalden, director of Motorcade/Flashparade commented: "We hope the prize money will impact positively on the artists and their individual practices. The solo show for David Theobald is also a fantastic opportunity to work towards developing a cohesive exhibition in what can be a challenging space and we look forward to seeing this project develop."
This year's selection panel were Emma Cocker, David Trigg and Brian Griffiths. Explaining the judging process, McCalden said: "They had a difficult task selecting the first and second prizes as there were several strong contenders. The decisions were finalised and we are pleased with the selection."
For prize winner Tom Bayliss, the financial element of the prize will help fund future projects. He said: "Winning the prize means an acknowledgement for everything that I have done this year. The piece has been shown a few times nationally to a great reception and this rounds it off nicely. The money means that I can fund materials for shows at the beginning of next year and develop projects in the future."
In addition to the financial prize, Bayliss will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Robinson Building, home to Motorcade/FlashParade National Open sponsors Urbis Development. He said: "I am looking forward to producing a site specific work as part of the prize and bursary. I am very grateful to the team at Motorcade/Flashparade for the opportunity."

A big thank you to everyone who came to the preview and party on Friday - you made it a really great evening!

And thanks once again to Emma Cocker, David Trigg and Brian Griffiths for making such a superb selection of work from this year's incredibly high standard submissions. The range and number of selected works presented a challenging curatorial task but Julie McCalden has created an excitingly dynamic show praised by the judges as having a real sense of cohesion and full of unexpected connections.

This year we were delighted to be able to offer £1500 in prize money. This included a £500 bursary sponsored by The Robinson Building - the huge, Victorian warehouse converted into apartments by Urbis,  which in a previous existence was artist's studios, and where the original idea for BV Studios and Motorcade/FlashParade first arose! The Bursary also offers the opportunity to exhibit at The Robinson Building throughout the coming year.

We were very pleased that most of the artists were able to attend the peer critique session, prior to the opening of the show, led by the excellent James Mark Whittet - the session was described as very rewarding, and Emma Cocker and David Trigg made their final decisions as to the prize winners.

The First Prize of £500 and a solo show at Motorcade/FlashParade, sponsored by Tobacco Factory and Accommodation Unlimited, was presented by George Ferguson to David Theobald for his computer generated video work 'Walking Holiday in Grindelwald'.

The Second Prize of £500, sponsored by The Robinson Building, was presented to Ellen Wilkinson for her three pieces 'Eidolon (silver)', 'Eidolon (orange)' and 'Eidolon (black).

The Robinson Building Bursary was presented by Steve Nightingale of Urbis, to Tom Bayliss for his piece 'TRIBECA'.

We hope the prize money will impact positively on the artists and their individual practices. We also look forward to David Theobald's solo show which offers him the opportunity to work towards developing an exciting and ambitious exhibition in what can be a challenging space.

It was a fantastic evening and a great pleasure to meet so many of the artists... we look forward to working with many of them in the future and, with excitement, to David Theobald's solo show in due course.

David Theobald accepts First Prize from George Ferguson

Ellen Wilkinson receives Second Prize 

Tom Bayliss in shock receiving The Robinson Building Bursary from Steve Nightingale of Urbis Development



Friday 7th December, 6pm - late
Prizes announced at 7pm
Exhibition Continues: 
Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th
Thrusday 13th – Sunday 16th
12-6pm daily

The Motorcade/FlashParade National Open 2012 previews on Friday 7th December with  champagne reception and prizes announced at 7pm.
This years open was selected by
Emma Cocker (writer, artist and lecturer, Sheffield)
Brian Griffiths (Artist and Senior Tutor, Royal Academy Schools, London) 
David Trigg (writer and critic, Bristol)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wet beads on the line

Johana Hartwig

Pre-preview critique
led by Mike Murray:
Thursday 22nd November, 6pm

Thursday 22nd November, 7pm-late

Exhibition Continues: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th November, 12-6pm daily

Wet beads on the line features a series of mini visual sketches, inspired by the humanity of the inanimate and the beauty of the incidental. Responding in a playful and intuitive way, Hartwig produces these sketches, captured on film, to form an elegant and thought provoking dance between multiple screens.  Sewing these screens together are some curious objects and maquette experiments, made in tandem with and apriori to the films. Hartwig shares with us exquisite symbiosis; a light touch, the small, often overlooked transitional moments as we touch our world and our world touches us.

‘Object muses’ and ‘objects of interest’ include ‘plastic bags’ and ‘overhead telephone lines’.  Like many good love stories Hartwig feels an immediate aesthetic attraction or fascination for the things that she films, followed by more thoughtful musings, including those around story, purpose, usage, impact and future.

“The magic of watching the elements play, on man made objects, on the every day.  Invisible wet beads gathering speed, then merging, surfing, falling, sprawling."

Hartwig’s works all involve a certain amount of impermanence, as the elements touch the manmade and a beautiful moment is suspended. This is grounded in the exploration of the form and function of everyday manmade objects.  Which includes the functional limits of objects and exalting the 'live' quality of an object, the humanity innate within it, which we as the designers pressed into their very making and is perhaps akin to a soul.

Johana Hartwig is an interdisciplinary artist based in Cardiff, working predominantly with video. Hartwig has a background in sculpture and a form-led approach to the making of film. Graduating in 2001 from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff she has exhibited widely, most recently at the Oriel Canfas Gallery, Cardiff. Hartwigs’ films possess strong visual narratives that feed from intuitive, emotive responses to environmental quirks, sensual objects, obsessional patterns, flux anthropomorphism and humour.

Over the last 12 years,artist Mike Murray has drawn inspiration from objects and images of mass production; using everyday objects to create dramatic installations and sculptures and studies using paint and other media.
Using the 'free association' work of Sigmund Freud and Christopher Bollas, Mike's work examines our unconscious associations with objects in our everyday lives. A fine art lecturer in Swansea,South Wales, Mike is also an internationally exhibited artist, with his work shown in Venice, the South of France and New York, as well as across Wales.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Black Camp
Julian Claxton

Pre-preview critique 
led by Julie McCalden
Thursday 15th November, 6pm

Thursday 15th November 7pm-late

Exhibition Continues: 
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November, 12-6pm daily

"Crunching over the broken glass at the end of the lay by. There, at the side, the faintest indication of a gap, and, moving further in, ignoring the now dried and faded fag packets, the dinosaur bones of plastic from unimportant places in cars, the discarded wheel hubs and drinks bottles, pushing past the snagging brambles and stinging nettles, past the rim of used and stained tissues, and deeper, beyond the next tide line of beer cans and vodka bottles, and the darker limits of unidentifiable items of clothing: socks, knickers, a dog turd covered trainer, on into the reach of condoms and needles.  But not stopping there, in further, darker and deeper, traces of cut wood, straps attached to saplings, strained and bent back, a roughly fashioned bench made from a plank on breeze blocks, a tyre perched on a milk crate, a broken chair, more rope, gun cartridges, plastic bags, sticks, logs, traces of fire – burnings and meltings, and you’re there, safe in the heart of darkness, the black camp, home to outsiders, drifters, anarchists, hunters, doggers, bait diggers, badger baiters, Nazis, nare do wells, bad boys, advancing new age armies, Raoul Moate, the Zwickau Three, hoboes, hippies, travellers, gyppos, weirdoes…" 

Julian Claxton lives and works in Bristol. He graduated from UWE in 2002 and has since  co-founded and co-directed Plan 9, established the Creed Art Club and initiated Spike Island's Test Space.  He was a member of the Spike Island Interpretation Group, including the design of Curating Degree Zero. Claxton has exhibited widely under a number of personas in the UK and, recently, in the United States.  Key recent unattributed/virtual projects include: Psychic Research, Kunte Howell-Ojidade (outsider artist), Creed Wall (collector/dealer), Gerard De Verre (recently dead artist), Mannequin Defense Caucus (a dumb insurrection), CITES (Convention on IllegalTrade in Extraterrestrial Species).

Julie McCalden is co-director of Motorcade/FlashParade art space. She is a practising artist with an interest in curating, operating in an arena of exchange where everything is in a perpetual state of becoming. She actively seeks new ways of working and imposes no artificial restrictions on her practice. There is always a political undercurrent to the work. She is a member of Girl Gang, Spike Associates and DIY Educate. She received a Turning Point South West curatorial bursary for her project Bread & Roses, also supported by The Collect's Spoon Fed micro funding scheme. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.