FORCE OF NATURE | curated by James Putnam | The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park | Clinton Road, London E3 4QY | 5 March — 9 April 2017 | PV 4 March 4-9pm.
Entangled: Threads & Making | Turner Contemporary, Margate
Sat 28 Jan - Sun 7 May 2017
Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day. It features over 40 international female artists who expand the possibilities of knitting and embroidery, weaving, sewing and wood carving, often incorporating unexpected materials such as plants, clothing, hair and bird quills.
Entangled: Threads & Making is curated by writer and critic Karen Wright, with Turner Contemporary. Wright became fascinated by the making processes she saw first-hand on the many studio visits she did with artists for her ‘In the Studio’ column for the Independent. The idea for Entangled: Threads & Making evolved out of these visits, in particular one with renowned American artist Kiki Smith who was working on her epic tapestry Sky (2012), included in the exhibition.
The exhibition brings together artists from different generations and cultures who challenge established categories of craft, design and fine art, and who share a fascination with the handmade and the processes of making itself.
A new publication accompanies the exhibition, with essays and interviews by Ann Coxon, Stina Högkvist, Siri Hustvedt, Kathryn Lloyd, Rosa Martínez, Marit Paasche, Frances Morris and Karen Wright. Available from the Turner Contemporary shop.
Karen Wright, Curator says:
“When we first set out to create Entangled: Threads & Making, over 3 years ago, I was initially overwhelmed by how many artists wanted to take part in the show. It gave the idea currency, at a time when little had been done in investigating this area both in terms of gender, but also in terms of materials. For me, the show is an opportunity to re-evaluate the political status of women in the market place as well as the way that they use materials and express their concerns.”
Anni Albers; Caroline Achaintre; Ghada Amer; Paola Anziché; Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter; Phyllida Barlow; Marion Baruch; Karla Black; Margrét H Blöndal; Regina Bogat; Louise Bourgeois; Geta Brătescu; Sonia Delaunay; Sonia Gomes; Ximena Garrido-Lecca; Eva Hesse; Ann Cathrin November Høibo; Laura Ford; Mona Hatoum; Marianne Heske; Sheila Hicks; Susan Hiller; Maureen Hodge; Christiane Löhr; Kate MccGwire; Annette Messager; Rivane Neuenschwander; Lucy + Jorge Orta; Arna Óttarsdottir; Sidsel Paaske; Maria Papadimitriou; Anna Ray; Maria Roosen; Ursula von Rydingsvard; Hannah Ryggen; Betye Saar; Judith Scott; Samara Scott; Kiki Smith; Aiko Tezuka; Rosemarie Trockel; Tatiana Trouvé; Frances Upritchard and Joana Vasconcelos
ENTANGLED: Threads & Making | Turner Contemporary | Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG | 28 January - 7 May 2017 | Click here for more information.
Kate MccGwire Secrete
27 October - 9 December 2016
Galerie Huit is delighted to present the Hong Kong solo debut exhibition ’Secrete’ by British artist, Kate MccGwire.
MccGwire (b. 1964, Norfolk, UK) is internationally renowned for her distinctive anthropomorphic sculptures, wall pieces and dark graphite drawings - made primarily using the naturally discarded ephemera of birds; feathers, quills and bones, displaced from their point of origin, MccGwire re-configures the organic matter to present a new form of contemporary sculpture. Employing natural materials, the artist explores the intrinsic value of organic beauty, via the play of opposites at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level.
Since 2005, MccGwire has resided and worked on a barge moored on an island on the waterways of London, England. This parallels a key influence in her life - a childhood raised in the Norfolk Broads amongst a myriad of bird and marine life. The floating studio bears witness daily to the hierarchical order and fragility of the natural world and its surrounding eco-system. Such observations pose questions of a philosophical nature, some of which form the basis for recurring themes in the artist’s ongoing work. The varied assortment of organic detritus such as feathers that first fell near the boat captured the artist’s attention and the medium beckoned to her, and has done ever since.
The distinct contours that twist and curve in MccGwire’s sculptural forms also refer to early experiences with her father, a boat builder who first taught the artist to make knots. The serpentine sculptures displayed in found antique cabinets mimic such strong and robust knots, yet their scale infers the majestic human representations of Greco Roman classical sculpture. The animal form and human scale present a hybrid of both nature and man combined. Where the artist’s hand painstakingly attaches hundreds of feathers to the sculpted armature, alchemy asserts itself, suggesting a transformation of the mundane to the majestic and unique.
‘Secrete’ the exhibition, comprises a comprehensive body of work, including seminal early site-specific installations, and new and recent mixed media sculptures, wall pieces and drawings never before exhibited in Hong Kong.
Recently exhibited at the Musee de la Chasse, Paris, the mixed media installation of the same title ‘Secrete’, originally commissioned by the Hastings Coastal Currents festival, comprises a steel bucket that is tipped on its side with the contents spilling outwards onto the floor. The forming puddle consists of blue magpie feathers that shimmer in natural light. In another part of the gallery, previously exhibited at the Archeological Institute, Athens and the Hydra Museum, Greece, the seminal site-specific piece with the onomatopoeic title ‘Heave’ gushes out from the wall with no visible beginning. Both installations depict a surreal narrative.
Free-standing pieces such as ‘Flail’, ‘Orchis’, ‘Introvert’, that intertwine inside their glass cabinets and domes, are at once precious and caged. The human proportions in ‘Flail’ seem at odds with the antique vitrine it has been pressed within. In contrast ‘Orchis’, ‘Introvert’ and ‘Scylla’ presented in glass domes appear more intimate and intense.
By definition, the word ‘secrete’ describes two opposite actions - to generate and release or to hide and conceal. Such duality is ever present in McGwire’s work, either demonstrated through the clever juxtaposition of scale or marriage of hard and soft materials. Through re-cycling the antique and re-purposing natural materials, MccGwire’s distinctive hybrids connect the past to the present, placing a new definition of abstract sculpture at the centre.
Kate MccGwire lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include in 2016, I Prefer Life, The Reyden Weiss Collection, Weserberg, Bremen, Germany, Glass Fever, Contemporary Art in Glass,, Dordrecht Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Force of Nature curated by James Putnam, Gallery Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium, Rare Bird, John James Audubon and Contemporary Art, Berman Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, US, In 2015, Glasstress Gotika, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Kate MccGwire: SECRETE
Galerie Huit, 189 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
27 October – 9 December 2016
4 November 2016, 6 – 9 pm
In-Conversation with Kate MccGwire:
29 October 2016, 1 – 2.30 p.m. at Hong Kong Arts Centre
Curator’s Talk by Monica Chung:
7 November 2016, 5 – 8 p.m. at Galerie Huit
You are warmly invited to the reception for my solo show SECRETE at Galerie Huit Hong Kong on the 4th November 6-9pm, hope to see you there.
SECRETE: Kate MccGwire
Galerie Huit G/F, SOHO 189 Art Lane
189 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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Exhibition 27 October - 9 December 2016
Kate MccGwire Scissure
La Galerie Particulière, 16 Rue du Perche, Paris 75003, France
3 September 2016 – 15 October 2016
La Galerie Particulière is pleased to present Scissure, an exhibition of intimate new work from British sculptor Kate MccGwire (3 September – 15 October 2016). Following MccGwire’s debut exhibition with La Galerie Particulière in 2012, Scissure presents a delicate and intricate collection of new works in white, a notable development from the iridescence of her acclaimed rooster and mallard feather pieces and the result of an influential time period in which MccGwire has sailed her studio barge from the Thames, across the Channel, to journey through the canals of Europe.
Kate MccGwire is an internationally renowned artist whose darkly unsettling, languorous and uncanny sculptural objects and installations are formed from immaculately hand-trimmed feathers and bones. Exploring the duality inherent in the materials she works with, MccGwire’s sculptures are at once alien and organic. Using the traditional techniques of the plumassier, fragile feathers are intuitively wound into undulating, curved forms. Repressed within glass cases and domes, or sinking into wall-mounts, revealing exposed and ragged cavities, the works contain a sense of brooding half-life, at once attractive and threatening. Her dramatic work, sinister and sensuous, addresses themes of darkness and light, beauty and decay. Visceral and enticing, MccGwire’s practice finds its home between craft and concept; using a level of intricacy that belies the natural forms she creates.
Taking inspiration from the cycle of life and death that marks the reality of living on water, Scissure references the juxtaposition of innocence and the invasive as MccGwire turns her attention to exploring the darker associations of pure white materials. The works are on a smaller scale than previous installations such as Evacuate or Gyre, exhibited at the Arnhem Fashion Museum; making use of innovative techniques, intricate handwork and obsessive attention to detail.
The works are painstakingly layered with pure white translucent goose down, creating an undulating form. Each glowing white 'body' is marked by an opening or incision which exposes a hidden, dark interior. The works appear exposed, suggesting a vulnerability associated with the purity of the white surface of the sculpture in conflict with a darker undercurrent. MccGwire’s work explores duality and parallel ideas of beauty and disgust, anguish and ecstasy.
Highlights include Pelt; a series of wall-mounted sculptures in white kid leather and crow quills. Reminiscent of flayed skin, harnessed and hung to reveal a pained and complicated interior, the leather the edges have been left rough, the unaltered original skin. The contract between the sensual folds and the animated spiked interior creates a visceral composition. Meanwhile Sentient is a soft, veiled form in goose-down, restrained inside an antique glass cabinet it embraces itself in a tight coil. The work is both sensual and unsettling, stifling itself as it writhes inside a glass mausoleum, seething in brilliant white its purity becomes its most unsettling feature.
MccGwire has experimented with a new form of ‘life drawing’ for Scissure, displaying a series of graphite drawings created by maggots crawling across a paper surface. Echoing the duality of MccGwire’s sculpture, the instinctive movement of the creatures from light toward darkness results in knotted tendrils of graphite, a visceral imprint of the movement of these sightless organisms. Not only exploring notions of disgust and decay from a new perspective, MccGwire has been fascinated to discover the repetitive shapes created in nature, universal structures that erupt from the organic movement or growth of plants, fungi and animals which she has reflected in these latest works on paper, Vermiculus (2016).
For the last twelve years MccGwire has worked in her Dutch Barge moored on the Thames, but for this exhibition she has sailed the 108-year vessel from London to Paris, crossing the Channel and navigating 2000km of the canals and waterways of Belgium and France. From its haven in London, through mainland Europe, 80 days of this journey will finally bring her to Paris to launch Scissure. The journey toward the exhibition has been both physically laborious and creatively inspiring, adding a performative element to the creation of new works, inspired by the ebb and flow of the tides, the changing landscape and experiences along the way.
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Kate MccGwire: Scissure
La Galerie Particulière, 16 Rue du Perche, Paris 75003, France
3 September 2016 – 15 October 2016`
Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 7pm, and by appointment.
La Galerie Particulière:
INCURSION: Kate MccGwire
Mixed media with rooster feathers.
Ginza Maison Hermès, Japan,
5-4-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku,
Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
20 January - 15 March 2016
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Photos: Satoshi Asakawa,
Courtesy of Hermès Japon
INVITATION | The Collective PV
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Image: SPATE (detail), 2015, Kate MccGwire, Mixed media with pheasant feathers
SKIRMISH, 2015 | Kate MccGwire | Mixed media with pheasant feathers in antique dome | Photos: JP Bland | On display at Kate MccGwire and Peter Randall-Page | 20 June – 10 September 2015 | The Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX | For more information please visit the gallery website.