Our best machines are made of sunshine
For this event at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Catherine M. Weir, Leanne Bell Gonczarow and Rowan Lear share recent work and thinking around the materials, industries and toxicities connected to contemporary photographic culture. Presenting objects, texts and images the artists consider ‘crystals and liquids, pollution and bodies, machine vision and algorithmic capitalism’. All three artists are members of the collective Planetary Processing, a group for whom photography is a mode of speculation on geological, celestial and bodily systems.
16 December 2019, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD. www.a-n.co.uk/events/our-best-machines-are-made-of-sunshine/
Drawn to Craft
This exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre examines the role of drawing in contemporary crafts practice, seeking inspiration from and reflecting on the drawn line. Work includes printmaking, weaving, illustration, ceramics, jewellery and hand-crafted lamps, with many pieces for sale. Exhibiting artists include Bronwen Gwillim who uses recycled materials, plastics and resins to create wearable sculptural jewellery that, taking inspiration from the effects of the sea, features surfaces worked until they ‘feel natural in the hand, like a treasured pebble’.
Until 18 January 2020, Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT. www.a-n.co.uk/events/drawn-to-craft/
This touring exhibition is presented by the 62 Group of Textile Artists, an artist-led organisation that aims to ‘incorporate and challenge the boundaries of textile practice’. Featuring work by 25 artists the show takes as its theme ‘shifts and changes’, focusing on artists whose practices represent innovation in textile art, either by engaging with contemporary themes and ideas or through the use of new technologies, materials and techniques.
Until 29 February 2020, 20-21 Visual Arts, Church Square, Scunthorpe DN15 6TB. www.a-n.co.uk/events/ctrl-shift/
Mark Norfolk: Urban Internecine Intercession
Filmmaker and writer Mark Norfolk presents this series of short experimental films that explore urban living. Taking place at The Muse Gallery in London the programme includes screenings of The Room, a meditation on the longing of mothers to reunite with their children, framed by the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Norfolk’s 2018 film How Do You Sleep at Night uses analogue and superimposed digital images alongside a discordant soundscape and narration, to comment on the delicate balance between nature and the ‘unnatural syncopated pace’ of urban life.
Until 22 December 2019, The Muse Gallery, 26 Road, London, W11 1LR. www.a-n.co.uk/events/mark-norfolk-urban-internecine-intercession/
1. Leanne Bell Gonczarow, Silicon Crystal, 2019
2. Bronwen Gwillim
3. Caroline Bartlett
4. Mark Norfolk