Vanley Burke Shaun Gladwell David Noonan Renee So
14 - 24 August 2016 Residency events: 20 & 21 August
In the second of our 2016/17 Eternal Place-Creative Space residencies we welcome four artists on a ten day exploration of The Rodd and Sidney Nolan’s legacy. Each has their own areas of interest and links to the site – from an Australian upbringing to a resonance with farmland and the rural location of The Rodd and the histories and identities of place. Each will be seeing their practice through different lenses.
Often described as the "Godfather of Black British Photography", Vanley Burke’s iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape in the United Kingdom for over four decades. Today, his work represents possibly the largest photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain. Vanley is also an avid archivist and collector of objects relating to black culture in the UK. His vast personal collection (spanning posters, flyers, clothes, ornaments, records, pop culture, artworks and more) is a key part of the city of Birmingham archives and in 2015 it formed the basis of the smash hit exhibition ‘At Home with Vanley Burke’ at Birmingham’s Ikon gallery. From local community organisations to the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain and The Whitechapel Gallery, Vanley has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and as far afield as New York, South Africa and China. http://www.vanley.co.uk/
Shaun Gladwell was born in 1972 in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in London. He is widely considered Australia’s foremost video installation artists but also works across, performance, choreography, painting, photography, sculpture and writing.
Gladwell has been the recipient of many grants, prizes, residencies and commissions. His work has been the focus of solo museum exhibitions in Australia, The Netherlands, the U.K. and the United States. In 2009, Gladwell represented Australia at the Venice Biennale and was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as Australia's Official Artist to Afghanistan. Gladwell's work is held in private and public collections worldwide. Public collections within Australia include The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian War Memorial). His work is represented internationally in institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, MOT Tokyo, Govett Brewster, New Zealand, Wadsworth Athenaum, Connecticut, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Gladwell is currently a research affiliate at Curtin University. http://www.annaschwartzgallery.com/works/works?artist=86&c=m
David Noonan in an Australian artist who has been living and working in London for the last 10 years. David Noonan transforms black and white or sepia found imagery into striking collages and large-scale silk-screened tableaux on linen or films. He collects photographs, archival documents and magazines and books relating to utopian collectives in the 1960s and 70s, theatre and dance performances, or art education, and layers selected images with others of plants, animals and buildings. Histories fuse. Any sense of time and place is blurred or displaced. The multiple appropriations blend realism, mystery and myth. The fabrics he uses as the ground for the silk-screens are rough in texture and often patched or folded. Many contain printed patterns that are inspired by Japanese textiles. Noonan also produces panelled, figurative sculptures in which cut out silhouettes of performers act out grand gestures.
Noonan has exhibited widely internationally, with solo shows at the Palais de Tokyo Paris 2007, Contemporary Art Museum in St Louis 2010 and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne 2009. He has been included in ‘Altermodern’ at Tate Britain in 2009 and the British Art Show 3. He works with a number of commercial galleries including Stuart Shave/ Modern Art in London and Xavier Hufkens in Brussels. He has a forthcoming exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery in Sydney in November 2017.
Renee So lives in London. She is an artist who uses craft techniques in her practice to make knitted “paintings” and ceramics. She has been investigating the German pottery tradition of Bellarmines to create sculptures and tapestries featuring the distinctive motif of the bearded man. In 2015 her work was included in ‘Busts’ at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, New Zealand. She had a solo show at Kate MacGarry, London earlier this year and will show at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia this Autumn. http://www.katemacgarry.com/artists/renee-so/