Corduroy Part 1 – Are we in progress?
Studio 44, Tjärhovsgatan 44 & ABF Huset, Sveavägen 41.
10th November – 3rd December 2017 (Preview – Friday 10th November 2017 )
Alyson J Barton, Sandra Bouguerch, Mariana Ekner, Louise Garman, Emma Göransson, Christina Göthesson, Bethan Hamilton, Maggie Hargreaves, Suzanne Harulow, Susanne Högdahl Holm, Geraldine Hudson, Thaleia Kavvada, Brian Neish, Helena Norell, Angela O’Mara, Steph Shipley, Jason Simpson, Nina Wedberg Thulin & Denis Whiteside.
Eight alumni from BA(Hons) Fine Art showed their work in an international exchange exhibition in Stockholm in November 2017. This was the first part of an exchange project between neo:artists and selected artists from Studio 44 in Sweden.
The title of the show Corduroy Part 1 – Are we in progress? asked questions about living in two northern cities; respectively Manchester & Stockholm.
‘What does it mean to live in a post-industrial northern city in this time, where perhaps, through the stream of social media, we are psychologically more informed than ever before… but, are we more aware? Are we merely observers or participants? The alienation that Karl Marx spoke of when relating to the modernisation of working life, is this behind us? Could it be said that we are living in a post-alienated sense?’ extract from artists press release
The exhibitionwill reveal how artists from both countries attempt to grapple with these ideas employing a diverse range of processes, techniques and materials. Considering our past, present and future through historic art practices such as oil painting, drawing, printmaking and embroidery to modern day video, digital photography, spoken word poetry and found art objects.
The first exhibition in Stockholm will also showcase works in progress, alongside sketchbooks and digital documentation as the project continues to develop into a final group show in Manchester, in September 2018.