30 January 2017

Articulate volunteers

Opening Friday 3 February 6-8pm 
Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 February

Giving Time
A group show consisting of works by the volunteers of Articulate.
Giving time to help with the running of Articulate and making art.

Sarah Carney
Sean Crowley
Miriam David
Agnes Gichuhi
Sarah Greenwood
Ksenia Ishenko
Chalida McKelvie
Hannaleena Mikkonen
Shelley Watters.

Image: Shelley Watters, Home (2016) Salvaged ironwork, acrylic paint,
various textiles. 1260 x 770 (approx.)

23 January 2017

Margaret Roberts

Trial of Sophie's Circles 2017

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January
Opening Saturday 28 January 3-5pm

Trial of Sophie's Circles treats Sophie Taeuber's 1934 gouache painting, Moving Circles, as a long distance performance in which its 24 circles are in pause-mode (for 83 years so far), waiting, like the Agave 'century plants', to begin to actually move. I think of it as a long performance rather than as cross-dimensional travel, because Sophie was one of the early twentieth century artists who regarded the shapes they painted as occupying the same space as the material they used to paint them with, rather than using them to create other, illusory or representational spaces.

This project is like my recent work with Katarzyna Kobro's sculptures, in which I make a first stage of one of her works, and then wait for people to come along and move it towards the stage at which Katarzyna left it. In Trial of Sophies' Circles, Sophie has already made that first stage in 1934, and has been waiting all these years for us to give them the spatial energy to move (as she seems to ask for in the title). Many people may have 'moved 'the circles in their imagination since 1934, but Trial of Sophie's Circles will let them move in the actual space she intended her painted circles to occupy.

Trial of Sophie's Circles does this by providing 24 circles for people to physically move around inside an oblong of ground of the same proportion as the painting itself. The painted circles themselves will stay on the paper where Sophie put them, however, and enlarged circles will be provided, as circle-avatars, to better match the scale of the human bodies providing the energy needed for the circles to move. It is a trial for Sophie's Circles, a work planned for The Correspondence of Imaginary Places, a project organised by Sarah Breen Lovett for Cementa17. The plan is that Sophie's Circles will be made by Brooklyn artist Melissa Staiger and its documentation will be shown in Cuchifritos Gallery in New York in May-June 2017 and at ArticulateUpstairs at the same time.


2 January 2017

Sarah J Newall

Fashist (Summer Wardrobe)

Saturday 7 January to Sunday 22 January

Opening Friday 6 January 6-8pm

Image: Sarah J Newall, Summer vest 2017, spoon necklace 2017.

The new and exclusive, engineered zero waste designer clothing label “Sarah Newall”, made by me for me.

Since 2014 the focus and direction of my practice has been on sustainability. I am trying to live by the zero waste principles of refuse, reduce, recycle, reuse, and rot. In line with this I am rethinking my wardrobe to bring it in line with sustainable principles, and to bypass the possibility of buying unethically produced clothing that is poor quality ‘fast fashion’. To create Fashist (Summer Wardrobe) I used stockpiled fabric from a fashion project I did in 2007, as well as acquired materials from Reverse Garbage, fabric remnant shops, donated materials and wool from family and friends. Fashist will now be forever ongoing and evolving.