A New Age – 28th Feb – 7th March 09


Featuring new work by:

Linda Birmingham, Barry Felton, Richard Hepenstal, Jill Impey, Matthew Mcafferty, Sarah Morgan, Andrew Nash, John Newton, Stephan Oates, Chris Parkes, Laura Slack, Russell Willett, Cal Woolley

February 27th – March 7th 2009 I Opening Reception Friday February 27th, 6-9pm

www.airspacegallery.org | AirSpace Gallery 4 Broad Street Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire UK ST1 4HL Open Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm

The term A New Age is often used to describe a change or transition from the old to the new; it could describe recognition of a new way of thinking or behaving. It talks of being able to address particular aspects of the present, which are more important or salient than they possibly would, or could, have been in the past.

It is often used to describe a currency of ideas related to a particular subject matter and so for these artists the exhibition is about questioning their own practice and how it can be seen as being important to us now, at this point in time.

How new is now?

Architectural, industrial and commercial subjects and materials feature heavily in this exhibition, from neon lights and girders. An electric drill is offered up as an ironic take on wind power and the local maternity units rebuild is represented through paintings of its predecessors demise.

Somewhat oppositionally to this subject, the eclipse of the moon is shown accompanied by the everyday conversations of the people observing it as well as taxidermy animals displaced even more from their natural surroundings. One piece allows us to look at a bird feeder in the same way we would scrutinise the birds that would feed from it, here the food is observed as natural history.

Celebrity culture also finds a presence. An awkward attempt to show the finesse of Michael Jackson’s dancing skills through a clumsy puppet can be seen whilst a daytime American TV film is reedited so that the inane conversations take on new separate lives.

The artists are all currently on the MA Fine Art course at Staffordshire University

AirSpace Gallery’s next exhibition will be TRYING TO COPE WITH THINGS THAT AREN’T HUMAN (PART ONE) curated by Ian Brown


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