The Fabrication Research Group welcomed Mike Cooter, Keith Wilson, Alice Channer as part of our public lecture our series at the Garage Studios throughout 2016.
Artist, curator and current Goldsmiths PhD candidate Mike Cooter will look at the intertwined relationship of art, design and architecture with regards to display strategies, the structured encounter and acts of enclosure. Taking the development of the vitrine as a case study, this densely illustrated talk will chart an idiosyncratic path from the 1851 Great Exhibition to the present day, looking at how objects and artworks are articulated, presented and choreographed, and how architects, designers and artists have explored the co-dependency between artefact and environment.
Mike Cooter’s work investigates the structural agency of objects, be they sculpture, cinematic props or other anthropological artefacts – objects co-opted or created to drive narratives, fictional or otherwise. Interdisciplinary research resolves into audio, film, text and layered installations that incorporate correspondence, interviews, loaned and re-fabricated artefacts and archival material. He is currently post-producing a six-part radio drama about an object, Dingus, to be released in 2016, and writing a PhD on the MacGuffin at Goldsmiths in London, where he lives and works. In 2013 he curated In form express and admirable (in a sense lying, in a sense not), documentation of which can be found, alongside other projects, at http://www.mikecooter.org. Upcoming exhibitions include Fade In: Int. Art Gallery – Day at the Swiss Institute, New York (March-April), Another Reality: After Lina Bo Bardi, Stroom Den Haag (April-June) and Répétition, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels, (May – August) 2016.
Alice Channer has attracted national and international critical interest for her sculptures and textile works that explore the relationship between the human body, imprints, personal adornment, and materials. Using techniques associated with fashion and textiles – pleating, folding, cutting and draping – and often incorporating materials from high and low fashion. Lately the imprints have begun to take on architectural scale and use industrial and ‘post industrial’ processes to mimic natural events. For her talk at the garage studios Channer will focus on her most recent body of work produced for the Aspen Art Museum; R o c k f a l l.
Solo and forthcoming exhibitions include Early Man at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, DE (2016); Half-life at Lisa Cooley, New York, US; R o c k f a l l at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, US (both 2015); Synthetic Fibres at the Approach, London, UK (2014); Soft Shell at Kunstverein Freiburg, DE; Invertebrates at Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (both 2013); Out Of Body at South London Gallery, London, UK (2012).
Keith Wilson is an artist best known for his playful interventions into the fabric of everyday life, appropriating familiar domestic or industrial objects – wardrobes, shelving, fire grates, cattle pens – often in a subtly humorous way. In recent years he has made large scale galvanised steel sculptures appropriating the language of railings, street furniture, market stalls and cattle runs. These works are often ‘performative’, engaging the viewer and inviting them to interact physically with the work – leaning on it, sitting on it, or even playing around it.
Keith Wilson’s work is held in many public collections including the Contemporary Art Society; Leeds City Art Gallery and the Saatchi Collection. Keith Wilson has exhibited widely, most recently at the Royal Academy; Milton Keynes Gallery; Compton Verney and the New Arts Centre; he co-curated ‘The Object Sculpture’ exhibition for the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and ‘Modern British Sculpture’ (with Penelope Curtis) at the Royal Academy in 2011. In 2012 Wilson made a major new commission ‘Steles’ for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, works that remain as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Garage Open Lecture Series is a collaboration between the University of Worcester’s School of Art’s ‘Fabrication Research Group’ and Meadow Arts in partnership with Worcester County Council and Worcester Arts Partnership. It presents a series of talks around aspects of research, fabrication and display. This semester the visitors include: Bedwyr Williams, Alice Channer, Alison Wilding, Simon & Tom Bloor and Mike Cooter.