A new series of works by artists Julie Bennett and Gerald O’Dowd, exploring the ‘creative influence’ art and music have on each other. With music as an ongoing source of reference this show expresses how certain icons, including Patti Smith, Florence Welch, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Boy George, David Bowie, Courtney Love and Yoko Ono, provide stories from which inspiration is drawn. From teenage years working in record shops to growing up with Irish Rebel songs and reggae, Bennett and O’Dowd draw from personal experiences to create gestural portraiture, film, sculpture and poetry.
Until 28 April 2019, Hackney Picturehouse, The Gallery, 4th Floor, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE. www.a-n.co.uk/events/music-makers-julie-bennett-and-gerald-odowd
Poetry Sound Library
Anne Colvin‘s poem Field Notes, published in Poetry Sound Library – an online archive of living and non-living poets from around the world. The poem evolved from ‘field notes’ produced for the artist’s 2016 single-channel video work These are the Four Things I Ask of You, which re-imagines Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s 1969 colour feature film Othon, within both San Francisco’s Russian Hill and Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.
Until 23 June 2019, published online. www.a-n.co.uk/events/poetry-sound-library
Ground and Unbound
A solo exhibition of recent paintings by Catherine Taylor Parry. Inspired by the landscape and ‘constantly changing weather’ in North Wales, Parry creates works on paper and canvas predominantly using acrylic to heighten responsiveness. Enjoying the ‘texture and movement’ of her chosen medium, Parry’s work pulls together vibrant colour and mark-making to emanate poetic mood. With over two decades suffering from MS, the artist formulates her practice as a way to break free from physical boundaries.
Until 29 April 2019, The Carriageworks, Love Lane, Denbigh, LL16 3LU. www.a-n.co.uk/events/ground-and-unbound-the-carriageworks-denbigh
A group exhibition with work by Jim Cheatle, Alison Goodyear, Alexis Harding, Peter Lamb, Antoine Langenieux-Villard, Donal Moloney, and Sarah Kate Wilson. ‘Substantifs’ explores the relationship we have with screen culture, and asks us to push beyond the visual sense of an interface to unpick how such interactions can be haptic and social. Each exhibiting artist responds to the theme by displaying painterly work that is both physical and tactile – requiring direct interaction rather than viewing through technology.
5 – 27 April 2019, Arthouse1, 45 Grange Road, London, SE1 3BH. www.a-n.co.uk/events/substantifs
Well Done, Good Draw
A solo exhibition by Manchester-based artist Jennie Franklin, featuring a selection of drawings on paper created over the last four years. Franklin uses imagery and text inspired by posters, pop culture and emotions alongside simple shapes. She interprets these into intuitive compositions, which appear as an energetic stream of consciousness. Using delicately detailed pencil drawings, the artist takes the viewer on a journey in which cartoon characters assist in visualising narratives. Franklin is a practising artist based at Venture Arts, a visual arts organisation working with learning disabled artists in Bury, Greater Manchester.
Until 28 April 2018, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, Moss street, Bury, BL9 0DR. www.a-n.co.uk/events/jennie-franklin-well-done-good-draw
All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members
1. Julie Bennett and Gerald O’Dowd, ‘Music Makers’, 2019, exhibition poster
2. Anne Colvin, Field Notes, 2019, screen shot from Poetry Sound Library
3. Catherine Taylor Parry, Fire in the sunlit silence (Tan yn y tawelwch haul), acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80cm
4. Jim Cheatle, FRAGMENTATION No.56, 2019, resin, pigments, giclees, cast components, concrete, acrylic, enamels, aluminium, 52 x 41 x 6.5 cm
5. Jennie Franklin, POP POP POP, 2018, ink on paper
More on a-n.co.uk:
Artists’ Books #38: Love poems in Braille by Stevie Ronnie
a-n Artist Bursaries 2019: 162 artists receive a share of £200,000
Unlimited awards £550,000 to 26 disabled artists and companies