Exhibitions

Don Celender Surveyed Part 2 - Jun - Aug 2013

SURVEYED

Part 2 21 June - 11 August 2013 Surveyed Part 2 was the second part of the first European solo exhibition of the American conceptual artist Don Celender (1931 – 2005). Celender was a master of asking questions, his work takes the form of mass mailed out questions and surveys to specific groups of people or professions (chefs, prison guards, museum directors, daytime TV actors, for example) asking them what they think about life, work, art and often, ultimately, death. The responses were then collected together and displayed as, what Celender called, 'Conceptual Documentation'. Although several of Celender's survey works were bound into books and circulated worldwide, the majority remain unpublished and have never been seen outside of the artists New York gallery, O.K. Harris. Surveyed Part 2 was a rare opportunity to see a selection of these unpublished projects including Critics Choice, Ignored and Neglected Artists Survey Part 2, Aesthetic Experiences, Art Dealers Selection of Artists Survey, Art Movements and Portraiture Study. The exhibition was a collaboration between CRATE. and Arnolfini, Bristol. Contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk

EXPLORATORIUM: Lisa Milroy - Party Of One June 2013

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Party of One was an experimental painting consisting of a group of painted hand-sewn dresses hung on wooden stands, clustered in front of a painted backdrop. The dresses are perfunctorily made, painted with the same pattern as the backdrop: however the fabric of each dress is different, reading as slightly different images. Next to the grouping are the same type of dresses but with buttons on the shoulder - a dress, a painting, that can be worn. When a performer dons this dress, she is invited to step inside the painting and wander in and out of the arrangement. The composition of dresses grows animated. The performer completes her circuit and leaves the painted zone, which returns to stillness. Party of One at CRATE was the first exhibition of Lisa Milroy’s new performance paintings and continues to explore the possibilities of ‘still life’ painting, the formation of self, identity, work, the relation between contemplation and action and the participatory nature of painting.

EVENT SHOW / THE WAY THINGS GO / A WAY OF DOING THINGS

Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco, No Fixed Abode, Neal White

Sunday 3 June 3 - 6pm

CRATE presents the last event in the project spaces as part of the Exhibition as Medium programme. You are invited to join us for a series of interconnected events on Sunday 3 June starting at 3pm. Artists Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco, No Fixed Abode and Neal White present events devised over the last few months via a forecasting technique used during the Cold War called The Delphi Method. These events form the culmination of an anonymous collaborative discussion between the artists, with the curator acting as facilitator through the entire process. The process of using The Delphi Method has allowed the artists involved to incrementally refine their ideas for Event Show, with the suggestion of five separate actions as part of one larger event. They have FORMED A COMMITTEE and issue a summons to attend a WAKE between 3 - 6pm during which time there will be RITUALISED REFRESHMENTS, DIAGRAMMATIC ACTION, PERPETUAL REMEMBERANCE and the UNVEILING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE.

Event Show / The Way Things Go / A Way Of Doing Things is a project that concentrates on collaborative working processes, focusing on research and discussion as major factors in the art-making process, rather than making and showing. It attempts to unravel working and thinking and push these often hidden processes public. Event Show began with a screening of Fischli and Weiss' The Way Things Go. This had lead to A Way of Doing Things, where notions of the natural evolution of ideas and things have become secondary to pragmatism and a sense of wanting to get things done.

The Way Things Go still exists - it was the beginning of A Way of Doing Things - a reference point for discussion and thinking, which has moved on to form something else. We can refer back to The Way Things Were and point towards The Way Things Will Be, choosing to shift philosophical position within the time-frame of Event Show

Fischli & Weiss - THE WAY THINGS GO

Introduced by Jeremy Millar
6 April 2012, 7:30pm

As part of Event Show, Fischli & Weiss' The Way Things Go will be screened at CRATE, with an introduction by Jeremy Millar, CRATE studio artist and author of The Way Things Go, published by Afterall Books.

Event Show / The Way Things Go / A Way Of Doing Things is the final exhibition as part of the Exhibition as Medium programme. It is a project that concentrates on collaborative working processes, focusing on research and discussion as major factors in the art-making process, rather than making and showing. It attempts to unravel working and thinking and push these often hidden processes public. 

TO PAY RESPECT TO THE GENEROSITY OF THE THREE-MINUTE PUNK-ROCK SONG

Vito Acconci, Black Argos, David Blamey, José Arnaud-Bello, Sovay Berriman, Don Celender, Loz Chalk, Rob Chavasse, Adam Chodzko, Desmond Church (with Egle Kulbokaite and Sabel Gavaldon), Patrick Coyle, Andrew Cross, David Cross, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Anthony Gross, S Mark Gubb, David Hall, Rose Kallal, Adam Knight, Frank Koolen, John Latham, Jamie Bracken Lobb, Elizabeth McAlpine, Julie McCalden, Ronan McCrea, Magnets, David Martin, Nelson Melo and Carolina Rito, Suzanne Mooney, Lawrence Norfolk and Neal White, Graham Parker, Kelvin Pawsey, Laurence Payot, Pedro Diniz Reis, Andrea Schlieker, Anthony Shapland, Gregg Stobbs, Barry Sykes, Aron Taylor, Sue Tompkins, Gavin Turk, Mark Aerial Waller, Neal White, Carey Young + more.

Exhibition curated by Toby Huddlestone, curator at CRATE 
Events curated by Jim Lockey, curator at LIMBO

18 November - 18 December 2011. Open Fri-Sun 12-6pm

Special Events:
8 November 6pm - late: Opening party & T-shirt sale
29 November 6.30pm: Andrea Schlieker talk
2 December 8pm: Magnets gig
10 December - Screening of Ensemble, Andrew Cross

The three-minute punk-rock song is one of the most generous forms of artistic expression ever created. Lasting just three minutes, it allows us plenty of time both before and after the event to carry on with the rest of what we have to be getting on with.

The punk song is a conceptually tight machine partly formulated by its duration and dedication to punch hard and fast, but therein lays a beautiful contradiction. Within the body of the song are strewn errors, spasms, glorious hic-ups and splutters, reminiscent of our everyday stumblings. The world is becoming increasingly fast-paced and precarious - we know that, but rather than translating this as having detrimental impact on the human race, and foreseeing some kind of neurotic and psychologically broken utopian reality, instead let us embrace this urgency, and the interruptions and blurring that formulate through it.

Let us find the strategies, lines and modes we are most capable of using in order to continue to be culturally inspired and exist. Referring to Agamben's commentary on the absurd notion of 'the holiday', which as a society, we have created as a rewarding break from our everyday working life, we now require shorter bursts of 'away-time', often removing ourselves from daily patterns of life psychologically whilst our bodies remain planted. Many of the artists in this exhibition recognise the poignancy of a wanting for cultural quickness, and the importance of (the word that defines what they do) practice as we continue to re-interpret and re-invent artistic methods to create new associations and commentaries of our present reality. Error making, failure and lapses are crucial to (artistic) practices that are investigative; generous through their efforts to get to grips with something. The works are not one-hit wonders, far from it; like the punk song, they arrest us and reverberate a political stance through us, shuddering us into an altered state forcing recognition and ambition.

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