Trish Morrissey: a certain slant of light, Francesca Maffeo Gallery, Leigh on Sea
This is the second exhibition in Francesca Maffeo Gallery’s ‘Season of Women Photographers’ series and includes 13 photographs and two films by Somerset-based artist Trish Morrissey. Combining fact, fiction and fantasy, and playing all the roles herself, the works are based on her interpretation of the lives of Elizabeth Maria Tyndale Warre and The Right Honourable Mrs Constance Portman – the last two female residents of Hestercombe House, a stately home and gardens in Somerset. The results explore class, gender, role-play, and the language of photography.
Until 28 July 2018. www.francescamaffeogallery.com
Michael Dean, Baltic, Gateshead
The Newcastle-born artist and 2016 Turner Prize nominee returns to the North East for this Great Exhibition of the North show in Baltic’s Level 3 gallery. Continuing his interest in language and a diverse array of sculptural materials, Dean has filled the space with an installation that utilises concrete, steel reinforcement bars, corrugated plastic, his own self-published books and more. Creating a cacophony of words that at first seems random and chaotic, Dean’s exhibition resembles an urban jungle of twisted typography and cathartic sculpture.
Until 30 September 2018. www.baltic.art/whats-on/michael-dean
Susie MacMurray, St Albans Museum and Gallery, St Albans
Manchester-based artist Susie MacMurray is known for making interventions in historic spaces, and the newly renovated St Albans Museum and Gallery is the perfect setting for her large scale work Masquerade. The piece has an imposing presence that contrasts with the Georgian architecture and ornate chandeliers of the gallery’s Assembly Room. Constructed from silk velvet wrapped around raw black wire, the materials act as a ‘comment on the public and private roles of women who may have graced the dance floor’.
Until 5 August 2018. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Alison Wilding, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Two-time Turner Prize nominee Alison Wilding’s latest exhibition features new and existing works that respond to the landscape that surrounds the Pavilion and the light that streams into it. Highlights include the new work Docking, which is a pair of large lozenge shapes made from cast concrete that echo the spaceship-like qualities of the Pavilion itself. Elsewhere there is an emphasis on light and how it makes the work continuously evolve, including in the translucent elements of sculptures such as Red Skies and Drowned.
Until 16 September 2018. www.dlwp.com
Glenn Brown, Department of Prints & Drawings, The British Museum, London
Glenn Brown follows up his successful recent show at Gagosian with ‘Historical Baggage: Glenn Brown and his Sources’, an exhibition that really lays bare his working processes. Known for his appropriation of historic images, part of the fun has always been trying to decipher the reference points, but the British Museum’s display places Brown’s work directly alongside his heroes. His older layered portraits based on prints by Rembrandt and Lucian Freud contrast heavily with his new series, which although again reference Rembrandt highlight how his own unique visual language has developed.
Until 22 July 2018. www.glenn-brown.co.uk
1. Trish Morrissey, Cascade. Courtesy: Francesca Maffeo Gallery
2. Michael Dean, Installation view, Baltic, Gateshead. Courtesy: Baltic, Gateshead
3. Susie MacMurray, Masquerade, 2018. Photo: Matthew Andrews
4. Alison Wilding, Cuckoo 2, 2015. Courtesy: the artist and Karsten Schubert London. Photo: Rob Harris
5. Glenn Brown, Prints and Drawings Room, the British Museum, May 2018. Photo: Lucy Dawkins. Courtesy: Gagosian