Elizabeth Rowe Residency and Solo Show at The New Art Gallery Walsall
Elizabeth Rowe works with printed matter such as newspapers, magazines, postcards and other found materials to create collages, drawings and prints. The works mix together processes and imagery to cause overlaps and spillages of meaning that make it difficult to tell where one thing ends and another begins. Her most recent pieces are an ongoing series of drawings, in which she takes found published imagery and draws, paints or prints over it in intricate and interesting ways – sections are obscured or eradicated completely, others left visible or partly so, yet others changed beyond recognition.
Elizabeth Rowe (b. 1974, Leicester, UK) lives and works in Birmingham.
Solo exhibitions include:
‘If Distance Was An Object Between Us” Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL, (2009)
‘Tiny Details Grotesque Proportions’, The New Art Gallery Walsall, (2008).
Selected group exhibitions include:
‘Rotate’, Contemporary Art Society Offices, London (2012)
‘Jerwood Drawing Prize’, London then touring (2010).
In 2010 she was commissioned to make a new work for Dudley Library in the West Midlands.
During 2013 she was artist in residence at Dudmaston Hall, a National Trust Property in Shropshire
She was the inaugural recipient of a John Feeney Fellowship in 2014.
Her work is held in various public and private collections.
Currently Elizabeth Rowe is in residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Along with collaborator Chris Poolman, Rowe is currently making new work for Soho House in Birmingham. The project called – ‘Good Money – a currency competition for Handsworth’ is part of New Expressions 3 a nationwide Arts Council funded initiative and will see new coins being made and circulated in the community.
Elizabeth Rowe will be taking part in the following exhibitions this Summer (2015):
CORNUCOPIA 25TH JUNE – 8TH AUGUST DARREN BANKS, HOLLY DAVEY, YELENA POPOVA, ELIZABETH ROWE SYSON GALLERY, 3-5 HIGH PAVEMENT, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 1HF OPENING: 25TH JUNE, 6-8PM
Cornucopia convenes several historic collections and examines the individual stories of collectors who catalogued objects, compiled cabinets and constructed galleries. A word commonly used in the eighteenth century to describe eclectic personal collections (meaning ‘plenty’), Cornucopia features work made by contemporary artists in response to a particular setting or individual involved in the pursuit of collection. In some instances, the subject of the work is another artist within a collection. Michel Foucault described museums as a specific kind of hetrotopia or sealed utopia – defining ‘a slice in time’. A personal collection can hold a mirror to an individual’s interpretation of a particular time and place. This exhibition takes its cue from the collections of assorted individuals who were able to collect for numerous social and economic reasons at different points in history; perhaps as a leader of industry, a pillar of Empire, through working in institutions -holding a scientific or artistic interest or simply through personal wealth. The work featured here is a mirror held up to those collections by contemporary artists.
ACQUISITION 27TH JUNE – 6TH SEPTEMBER MICHAEL FORBES, ROBIN NEWMAN, ELIZABETH ROWE, CLAY SMITH QUAD, MARKET PLACE, CATHEDRAL QUATER, DERBY, DE1 3AS OPENING: 2ND JULY, 7-9PM
This exhibition presents the work of four artists responding to the theme of ‘the Grand Tour’ and the period of the Enlightenment. Examining themes of tourism, class, scientific and cultural breakthroughs and seeking of knowledge, the artists reflect and consider with contemporary eyes this hugely significant period of history. Each artist presents a unique narrative of thought, whether offering a critical and contemplative view on the inequality of the Grand Tour (a pursuit reserved exclusively for the rich and privileged), the dawn of tourism and its impacts or the search of the acquisition of knowledge. www.derbyquad.co.uk
EVERYTHING LASTS FOREVER NOTHING LASTS FOREVER UNTIL 23RD AUGUST THE NEW ART GALLERY WALSALL, GALLERY SQUARE, WS2 8LG
everything lasts forever nothing lasts forever is a new temporary work for the Garman Ryan Hall made over a six-week period after a phase of research and development in the Gallery’s Artists’ Studio. The work explores scientific and philosophical ideas as well as the question of how far media images might be useful for imagining the world and our place within it. Taking the Buddhist concept of ‘Anicca’ or impermanence as a principle to determine a methodology, the work continually changed over the residency period so that it remained in a constant state of flux. Paper cut outs were positioned, moved around, re-positioned and over-painted, a process that the artist repeated. Several scientific ideas informed the work, including Nassim Haramein’s ‘Connected Universe’ theory (2013), which states that everything in the universe is connected, from the largest to the smallest scale, through a unified understanding of gravity and ‘A Theory of Everything’ (ToE), an all-encompassing theoretical framework of physics that fully explains and links together all physical aspects of the universe. The notion that a movement or vibration in one part of the universe means that all matter has to shift accordingly influenced how the collage developed: movement of a cut out in one area naturally led to a change elsewhere on the wall.
The artist has various original works for sale and can be contacted to arrange a studio visit. She also undertakes commissioned pieces. Please see her website for examples. A recent hand finished print edition is available through Grand Union.
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