Nothing to do, graphite on pencil, 29.7x21cm, 2017.
13 July – 19 August 2017, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-5pm
Vicennial celebrates twenty years of Vane with an exhibition of work by gallery artists: EC Davies, Michael Davies, Kerstin Drechsel, Jorn Ebner, Mark Joshua Epstein, Nick Fox, Simon Le Ruez, Dodda Maggý, Jock Mooney, Michael Mulvihill, Stephen Palmer, Josué Pellot, Narbi Price, Morten Schelde, Matthew Smith, Alison Unsworth, Barbara Walker, Miranda Whall, Flora Whiteley.
Michael Davies, Nick Fox, Stephen Palmer, Narbi Price, Flora Whiteley
The five artists in ‘Second Glances’ each approach the figurative in art with a unique vision. What they share is a fascination with popular culture; with taking the plethora of imagery and narratives produced by the mass media – often starting with source material that is either printed or photographic – and through the processes of painting and drawing discovering a way of exploring deeply personal concerns, thus creating a sense of purpose and identity from the everyday and things that are often considered ephemeral or are easily ignored. Often it takes a second reading – or glance – to more fully begin to understand the artists’ intentions.
5-8 March 2015, PIER 90, West 50th Street at 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036, USA.
Vane presents a solo exhibition of new works by Stephen Palmer at the eighth edition of Volta NY.
Stephen Palmer’s most recent paintings feature second-hand copies of albums by iconic male singers. Palmer partially obscures the original cover artwork by placing the record’s inner sleeve over it so that little more than the face of the recording artist is visible. By highlighting the inner sleeves with their additions of personalised messages and texts, hand written by their one-time owners, Palmer creates a conversation between our idea of that artist and their work and the ‘unknown’ person who once eagerly scrawled or carefully printed their thoughts thereon. Are they a serious ‘collector’ cataloguing works, a love-struck teenager, or a football fan declaring support for their favourite team as they listen to the album?
Other new paintings expand on an earlier series of drawings transcribing newspapers clippings. The stories reflect on cultural, technological and scientific advances that have come to a definitive end: the closure of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper in The end of the World Pt 1; the last flight of the space shuttle in Shuttle’s last trip. Presented as if screwed up and discarded by the reader, the new works have a more sculptural feel than before. Does the artist wish to move on and be rid of those earlier, more careful depictions? Or does the discarding proclaim ‘this really is the end’?
Preview: Friday 29 August 5-9pm; Saturday: 30 August 12-6pm; Sunday: 31 August 12-5pm
Old Shire Hall, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP
A contemporary art fair showcasing some of the most exciting galleries in the North East region, hosted by Vane and Breeze Creatives. The fair will include presentations by several Newcastle galleries, both long-established, including Vane and Globe Gallery, alongside more recent initiatives based in the city, including System Gallery, Praxis, and Breeze Creatives, as well as a significant presence from the burgeoning Middlesbrough arts scene, including Platform-A, Python Gallery and The House of Blah Blah.
Artists exhibiting with Vane include EC Davies, Kerstin Drechsel, Jock Mooney, Michael Mulvihill, Stephen Palmer, Narbi Price Matthew Smith and Flora Whiteley.
The fair is one of a series of events at Old Shire Hall in Durham over the summer that will raise funds towards the building and running of The Experimental Studio, a collaboration between Vane and Breeze Creatives to support a series of residencies for contemporary artists based at Vane’s gallery in central Newcastle. The residencies will allow artists in any field of practice to benefit from working in a concentrated time-period, at the end of which there will be opportunities to exhibit work in Vane gallery.
Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, 30 January – 1 March 2014
Preview: Wednesday 29 January, 5-7pm
‘Between fact and fiction’ juxtaposes artists who make work that documents real-life situations – Kerstin Drechsel, Michael Mulvihill, Stephen Palmer, and Narbi Price – with those that construct their own imaginary or fantasy worlds – Nick Fox, Simon Le Ruez, Dodda Maggý, Jock Mooney, and Morten Schelde.
The theme explored within this grouping of artists expands on a duality that has existed throughout art history: whether an artist primarily explores the external, perceived world, or mines the internal, psychological world, both areas of aesthetic exploration that produce their own truths and reality.