Exhibitions

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

Small, Unusual & Specialist Museums Survey

August 23 - October 11, 2013

Benedict Drew - The Concha Institute : 4 - 11 Oct

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CRATE hosted the Davis Lisboa Mini Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona. The last show was The Concha Institute by Benedict Drew which ran until 11 Oct. > Bill Burns, Hou Hanru Hear Us > Betts Robinson, Magical Crystal Garden > Andy Warhol, Shirt/Television > Bridgette Ashton, Margate Subterranea > Clawson & Ward, Overdubbed Scenes > Benedict Drew, The Concha Institute

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The Small, Unusual and Specialist Museums Survey engages with small, unusual and specialist museums across Europe, and hosted seven miniature exhibitions at CRATE over Aug/Sep/Oct 2013: Open Fri - Sun 12.00 - 6:00pm and by appointment contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk for further information

Clawson & Ward - Over Dubbed Scenes Sept 2013

Created in response to the Davis Museum’s format of display, Overdubbed Scenes hints at the malleable nature of museum collections. This malleability refers to the continuous re-contextualisation of an exhibit or archive. During this translation, the archive’s content is susceptible to a range of influences including; public opinion, capital and changes to the political landscape. Applying the methods used to re-animate and promote a collection, Anna Clawson and Nicole Ward directly refer to low-fi products produced solely for disposable merchandising. Incorporating the crop editing tool, the artists use a single snapshot* to provide the backdrop to Overdubbed Scenes. * Scene captured by the artists in front of the Soviet commissioned Ninth Fort Memorial to the Holocaust, Kaunas, Lithuania 2013. www.clawsonandward.co.uk

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Bridgette Ashton- Margate Subterranea SEPT 2013

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FRIDAY SEP 20 – THURSDAY SEP 26 2013 A new exhibition and walk by South-West based artist, Bridgette Ashton. The project is a new commission and a continuation of Ashton's series of Margate works originally launched at Turner Contemporary in 2011. Margate Subterranea looks specifically at three underground ‘attractions’ in Margate: The Vortigern Caves, the Clifton Baths Estate and the Shell Grotto. Ashton’s work looks at places and narratives, sometimes real and at other times invented. The pieces presented at CRATE survey ideas surrounding redundant or overlooked sites, objects and archives. They celebrate the paradox of the replica as visitor attraction and the nostalgia that surrounds it.

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