Exhibitions

Leigh Clarke: A HIGHER CANNIBALISM

Events: Thursday 16 July, 6-9pm & Saturday 18 July, 12-4pm
Open: July 17, 23, 24 and 31 & 1 August, 12-4pm. (Or by appointment)

Alongside the CRATE building, LIMBO Space is hosting Dreamlandia, a solo exhibition by David Price with the same opening and private view times.  

For those who are visiting Margate for the day, the Turner Contemporary is hosting Provincial Punk by Grayson Perry and the new Dreamland Vintage Amusement park will be open.

The title of this solo exhibition by the artist Leigh Clarke is borrowed from Rudyard Kipling who described the process of psychoanalysis as ‘ The Higher Cannibalism’.  The project will exhibit new works generated from over 500 popular autobiographies bought in charity shops that Clarke has collected, dissected and altered to make digital prints, etchings, screen prints and collages.

On mass, the collection and combination of the spines confront the viewer with a visual registry of role models that shape contemporary Britain society and question the consumption of popular autobiographies in times of austerity. Clarke plays with the scale of the book spines to measure the importance of celebrity and who is worthy or unworthy of an autobiography. In his method of appropriation, he treats each autobiography spine equally with paint and printing ink, resulting in monochromatic picture plains that remove hierarchies and status.  The exhibition is perfectly located in the CRATE project space, which is an old print works in the centre of Margate. 

About the artist:

Leigh Clarke is engaged in a multidisciplinary print practice that employs mass manufactured objects or mass disseminated text to make singular political statements. His concern with public engagement has led him to curate projects at Lokaal 01 in Breda, The London College of Communication and Extrapool in Nijmegen. In 2012 he was selected for the London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery where he exhibited 30 plaster casts on scaffold poles of the negative spaces within political latex fancy dress masks. In 2014 he took part in a major residency project In Stoke-on-Trent hosted by Airspace Gallery and funded by the Arts Council England and the Esme Fairbairn Foundation. This summer he has been commissioned to work with Create London to generate alternative maps for the River Lea in the East End of London. Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Printmaking and Illustration at the London College of Communication and Printmaking Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools.

leighclarkeworks.com

Obscured/Transparent

Sasha Adamczewski, Hannah Mitchell & Christina Symeou

Perview: 27 March, 2015. 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Continues: Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm, until 12 April

CRATE is delighted to invite three Second Year Fine Art students from the University for the Creative Arts to open an exhibition of recent works.

This exhibition comes as a result of three Second Year Fine Art students having assisted and participated in the recent Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge exhibition, ‘English Magic Re-Mix’ at Crate.

Obscured/Transparent offers an insight into individual emerging practice, and an exploration between the artists of the crossovers between the themes and concerns that drive their work. Together,  the works investigate the employment of abstraction in the construction of an image or object, whilst presenting a shared examination of structural, natural and material elements.

About the artists:
Sasha Adamczewski, Hannah Mitchell and Christina Symeou have worked together to present new and recent works, developed during their studies at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.

Sasha Adamczewski combines the pictorial, three-dimensional and poetic movement of cinematography to create pieces that incorporate movement, be it filmic, sculptural or performative. Through exposing natural and orchestrated changes of material state, the works offer an insight into processes that are in motion or have previously occurred.

Hannah Mitchell is developing concerns surrounding the dichotomy between urban and natural environments, and the potential conflict of the two co-existing. Using collage as a method to combine materials including paint, paper, varnish and wax, the components and layers present in an image are made visible.

Christina Symeou constructs prints and paintings using organic and abstract shapes derived from her studies of the human form. In dismembering and disorientating impressions of the body, the work exists within the context of painting and image making, and allows for a closer inspection of details that exist as part of a larger assemblage.

Jeremy Deller & Fraser Muggeridge: ENGLISH MAGIC REMIX

Exhibition opening party: 10th October 2014. 6pm-9pm 
Open: 12 - 5pm, Friday - Sunday. 10 October 2014 - 11 January 2015

CRATE is delighted to announce the opening of a collaborative show of new works by Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge.

Taking elements from Deller’s English Magic exhibition, English Magic Re-Mix is a selection of new and re-worked imagery. Conceived originally as being a celebratory way to mark the end of a touring show, English Magic Re-Mix acts as the naughty offspring of the original.

The exterior of the CRATE building (a former printworks behind Margate High Street) will be transformed with posters and viewable at all times throughout the duration of the show. English Magic Re-Mix will run concurrently with the final showcase of English Magic at Turner Contemporary, Margate (11 October 2014-11January 2015).

Two prints will be for sale in an edition of 300 at the exhibition. 

Read curator Charley Vines in conversation ith Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge here

jeremydeller.org
pleasedonotbend.co.uk

Zineb Sedir: SAPHIR

Screening and conversation.
Saturday 29 March, 6pm.
Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate.

Zineb Sedira’s twin-screen installation Saphir (2006), was filmed in the city of Algiers – its sharp, azure light illuminating parallel stories of migration and historical legacy that are embodied in the presence of the Safir hotel, a faded architectural landmark from French colonial times. In this special presentation at the Walpole Hotel in Margate, another place where fluctuating maritime light is a constant feature, and whose recent history has also been informed by patterns of migration and architectural change, Sedira will show Saphir, and a new work, Guiding Light (2014), inspired by J.M.W. Turner.

After the screening, she will be in conversation with the critic, Lucy Reynolds. This event is a collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella and Crate, and takes place as part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, 25 Frames. To join a walking party to The Walpole Hotel for Sedira’s screening, meet outside Turner Contemporary at 5pm to be taken on the short walk along the coastal cliffs. The hotel is a 15/20 minute walk from the town centre or a five minute cab ride.

The Walpole Bay Hotel. Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. CT9 2JJ

For further information contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk

Micheal Crowe: RAYZON DETRA (ON ROMANCE)

Preview 15 November, 2013. 18.00 - 21.00
Open 16 November 2013 - 12 January 2014, Friday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm 

CRATE is pleased to present Razyon Detra (on romance), an exhibition of new work by Michael Crowe across Crate's project spaces and outdoor sites in Margate.

Romance can be reasonably thought of as unfashionable, twee, clichéd, anti-erotic and unrealistic in today's irony soaked world. Rayzon Detra offers a wealth of alternatives intended to breathe wild-eyed new life into this droopy genre, via texts, video, animation, survey, land art, publications and sculpture. Michael Jackson, distant planets, seeds, delicious litter, lies, unwanted sports gifts, Timmy Mallet and French New Wave all distort and melt in this contemporary swoon.

About the artist:

Michael is a writer and an artist. His large scale project, “Mysterious Letters” involves writing handwritten letters to everyone in the world (including you and everyone you’ll ever meet) with Lenka Clayton. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at FRAC, Paris; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Simultanhalle, Germany. He has given talks at various venues including the BFI and the New Museum, NY and his work has been featured in Time magazine, BBC, the New Yorker, the Smithsonian and Frieze.

For more information contact curator Sacha Waldron sacha@cratespace.co.uk

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