Sarah Taylor Silverwood: Daphne
Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s solo exhibition at Aspex includes a sculptural installation centred around a hand-drawn animation based on the Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. The film, which revisits Daphne’s pursuit by Apollo and her eventual escape through physical transformation, raises questions about voice, power and the body, and reflects the artist’s interest in the ways in which historical story structures can shape contemporary social narratives and power relations.
17 January – 11 April 2020, Aspex, Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF. www.a-n.co.uk/events/sarah-taylor-silverwood-daphne/
Viridian Ensemble, Guest, Matt Davies and Marcy Saude
This night of expanded 16mm film projections and experimental music at Fish Factory Art Space showcases artists from Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film collective plus friends. Headliner Viridian Ensemble is a group of women who create live audio visual artwork, presenting ethereal projected images alongside improvised noise to ‘re-imagine folkloric forms and tropes of femininity’. The line-up also includes Matt Davies, an artist and field recordist who uses 16mm film, shortwave radio and homemade microphones to explore natural found rhythms and textures.
25 January 2020, Fish Factory Art Space, Commercial Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8AG. www.a-n.co.uk/events/viridian-ensemble-guest-matt-davies-and-marcy-saude/
A strange and familiar sea
This solo exhibition by Mandy Williams at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery brings together photographic work about the sea. The series Sea Level and Frame were both shot in Worthing, where Williams lived as a teenager, and focus on the weather-battered beach shelters along the promenade, while the photographs that make up Beyond Land show a causeway at low tide, populated with lines of people ‘following disappearing paths out to sea’. Begun a month after the EU referendum result the images reflect on Britain as an island nation, geographically and psychologically separate from Europe.
18 January – 23 May 2020, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1HP. www.a-n.co.uk/events/a-strange-and-familiar-sea/
Artists James Hodgson and Franco Di Cesare present their first collaborative exhibition of painting, sculpture and installation at RAW Labs. The show combines their work ‘in an exploratory landscape’, with both artists’ practices led by principles of geometry and form. Di Cesare’s constructivist-style work creates shifting focal points, while the exhibition itself will evolve throughout the weekend, with Hodgson creating new ‘process sculptures’ from powders, this temporary material alluding to states of impermanence and flux.
17-19 January 2020, RAW Labs Bow Arts, Norton Quays, Royal Albert Wharf, London E16 2QP. www.a-n.co.uk/events/refraction/
1. Sarah Taylor Silverwood, still from Daphne, 2019
2. Poster for Viridian Ensemble, Guest, Matt Davies and Marcy Saude
3. Mandy Williams, Beyond Land.
4. Refraction poster