Project Space Plus is delighted to present Collision Drive 2 a two-person exhibition by Steven Rendall and Benet Spencer which addresses the relationship between collage and painting, through presenting an assembly of gathered and selected images. Sampling, artistic identity and hybridity are investigated throughout, reflecting the artist’s aim to highlight the construction and process of making, through paintings that thrive on accumulation, scale and density.
Rendall and Spencer share an interest in the discourse surrounding contemporary painting which embraces the role of appropriation and the concept and practice of collage. Steven Rendall’s practice is founded on painting but has a history of expanding into digital and VHS based audiovisual realms. Rendall’s paintings formulate different ways that images can be translated and how the painted image differs from the source image. The scavenging, slicing and rearranging of the images continues throughout each stage of production and is evident in the finished work. In this exhibition, art auction catalogues are the source of multiple secondary images which are cut up and reassembled.
Benet Spencer works with a specific range of architectural forms and interior spaces, which embody archetypes that relate closely to the Modernist ideal and its influence on contemporary design, such as the open-plan interior/exterior space created in modern kitchen extensions, the museum or gallery space, or the designer café interior. Using Photoshop as a design tool, found images are combined to form imaginary spaces, made up of patterned surfaces, modernist furniture, and containing cultural artifacts such as sculptures or paintings.
The actual Collision Drive, referenced in the current title, is just to the east of John F Kennedy Road in Dubuque, Iowa. Neither Rendall of Spencer have been there, but they have both listened to Alan Vega’s 1981 record Collision Drive. The experimental music of Vega functions as another reference point for this project.
Prior to this exhibition travelling to Lincoln, Collision Drive 1 was presented Wimbledon Space, UAL from 15th April – 21st May 2019. In October the project will expand to incorporate the work of five more UK and Australian-based artists for Collision Drive 3 at the RMIT Project Space at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, running from 11th Oct – 10th Nov 2019. An accompanying catalogue has been published by Wimbledon Space / UAL, with an essay by Phil King and a forward by Geraint Evans.
Collision Drive 2 will run at Project Space Plus from 28th June – 18th July 2019.
MA fine Art ‘practice show’.
Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science
What effect do hormone uses have on emotions, sensations, sexual expression and desire? This video art exhibition presents the work of 14 artists and collectives who explore the immense role hormones have on our everyday life. The works raise crucial questions about how society influences and regulates gender identity, and capture broader explorations of sexuality and gender fluidity. The featured artists take viewers on sometimes intensely personal journeys and demonstrate the liberation they have experienced through the use of hormones. Other works look at the medicalisation of women’s bodies in relation to birth control, menopause and ageing, and offer an important commentary on how we use hormones to improve and sometimes constrain our lives in ways we rarely consider.
Artists, performers, writers and activists have employed various techniques to produce these works, including 3D animation, stop motion, and infrared video, and use a range of formats such as performance for the camera, music video, documentary, TV show and online feeds.
An international jury selected participants following a world-wide open call and the exhibition features 14 established and emerging artists from countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Brazil, Columbia, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and the USA.
The artists are: Camila Levy Daniel, Leyla de la Hoz and Pedro Giacomolli; Gérard Chauvin and Lanah Shaï; Fox and Owl; Holly Slingsby; Jennie Pedley; Juliet Jacques and Ker Wallwork; Marianna Simnett; Marne Lucas aka CuntemporaryArtist; Mary Maggic, Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder; Orlando Myxx; Raju Rage;Sarah Homewood; SenzaFissaDimora Teatro; Zaya Barroso.
Transitional States has been developed and is led by Dr Chiara Beccalossi (University of Lincoln) with support from the Wellcome Trust. The video art exhibition is curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou (Arts Feminism Queer).
The exhibition will be shown at the Project Space Plus Gallery in Lincoln, before continuing to the Peltz Gallery in London and touring Europe, where it will be hosted at the CCCB (Centre Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) in Barcelona, Spain and in Bologna, Italy.
Programme of events:
1 February 2018, 5.30pm – Official opening of the Transitional States video art exhibition at the Project Space Plus gallery.
Thursday 8 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm – Public discussion: “From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black: Changing Representations of Trans People.” Speakers: Fox Fisher, Paris Lees, Owl (Ugla Stefanía), Rebecca Root.
Thursday 15 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm – “Sex, Science and the Body: Medicine and LGBTIQ People. Speakers: Dr David A. Griffiths, Dr Christina Richards, Dr Janet Weston.
Thursday 22 February, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm – Public discussion: “Girls Gone Wild”: Women Use Hormones to Take Control? Speakers: Prof. Hera Cook.
Further information can be found on the exhibition website