Vane

‘The Eyes Turn’d Inward for the Nightmare was Real’, Jock Mooney, installation view

Vane was founded in 1997 in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Vane opened a permanent gallery space in Newcastle city centre in 2005. In October 2011 Vane launched a brand new gallery space on the first floor of Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street in the centre of Newcastle. Vane represents the work of a number of artists, both from across the UK and internationally, as well as showing the work of invited artists in collaboration with other galleries. The gallery directors are Paul Stone and Christopher Yeats. Vane is supported by Arts Council England.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5pm during exhibitions.

Closed: Bank holidays

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

12 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station
5 minutes walk from the Monument Metro station

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Narbi Price, Untitled Yard Painting (Harold), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 91x122cm

Narbi Price: This Must Be the Place

  • 22 — 24 June 2017 *on now
  • 28 June — 1 July 2017

Narbi Price’s work involves journeys to specific places that have witnessed a range of events – variously historical, famous, personal or forgotten. He researches the precise location of a chosen event, ranging from significant moments in music, film and TV, whimsical acts through to places of violence and death amongst others. Working from photographs taken at the site, he makes paintings in the studio focussing on the abstract, formal and painterly qualities of the resultant images.

This process removes the conscious choice of subject matter; he must work with whatever is present at the spot. Whilst clearly photographically derived, the paintings use the language of abstraction to simultaneously acknowledge and disrupt the representational image. The paint is transparent, opaque, glossy, matt, dilute and impasted, often within the same work.

As viewers, we are not immediately made aware of the specific histories of the sites and are given space to wonder about the multiplicities of events that might have taken place, an effect heightened by the painting method. Our experience of the work shifts as we become aware of the provenance of the depicted sites.

Two works in the exhibition show the site where the artist was the victim of an unprovoked attack in his hometown; an anonymous path and a gutter. By contrast another pair of works depict the filming locations of the yard gates in the iconic sitcom Steptoe and Son, now a plate glass office building and a scrap yard.

The exhibition sees the launch of a suite of original lithographs made in collaboration with Newcastle-based Master Printer Hole Editions. The prints feature roadside floral memorials. Stripped of their original contexts, these totemic tributes become poignant acknowledgements of lost lives and loves. ‘This Must Be the Place’ will be accompanied by a critical essay by curator Matthew Hearn.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://vane.org.uk/exhibitions/this-must-be-the-place

mixed media sculpture

You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism

  • 13 — 15 July 2017
  • 19 — 22 July 2017
  • 26 — 29 July 2017
  • 2 — 5 August 2017
  • 9 — 12 August 2017
  • 16 — 19 August 2017

‘You’re Reading Into It’ brings together bodies of work by seven emerging LGBTQ+ artists, curated by artist Oliver Doe. The work focuses on queer readings of Minimalist art and portrayals of LGBTQ+ experience through a minimal abstract lens. Seeking to challenge the machismo often associated with Minimalist art and reclaim a queerness in that visual language, ‘You’re Reading Into It’ highlights the importance of queer and radical feminist issues in the development of contemporary art.

Rachel Ara’s work makes direct references to High Minimalism’s sexism and the movement’s ignorance of women artists such as Ana Mendieta, as well as gendered pricing structures in art and the tragedy of the HIV/AIDS crisis to which she lost several friends. Charlotte Cullen seeks to reinsert the individual into Minimalist formalism’s abstract removal of the artist’s hand by employing a feminist sense of craft. This contrasts the ‘masculine’ industrial fibreglass insulation and aluminium used in the sculptures in order to question binaries of gender and sex. Garth Gratrix also utilises materials often associated with Minimalism – household paints, concrete, and metal – but turns this machismo on its head by playfully examining their ‘queer’ properties through language, innuendo and slang.

Oliver Doe’s paintings question queer visibility in visual culture, employing opaque gloss paint over translucent, skin-like nylon grounds. Abstracting figures into confused, amorphous and sometimes invisible bodily forms, Doe critiques formalist hard-edge painting through an inquisitive queer lens. These are well complemented by Singaporean artist Daniel Chong’s intimate mirrored sculptures, Safe Spaces, which critique his country’s criminalisation of homosexuality. These laser-cut works present the abstracted spaces between embracing figures, removing the bodies and their associations from sight, whilst reflecting the figure of the viewer within.

Tessa Hawkes’s practice plays with object-hood, materiality and narratives, working across a diverse range of media to explore closeness, balance and unalike objects. Her choices of ‘things’ are purposefully colourful and fun; working from collections of images and objects informed by industrial spaces and queer culture, playing with her own queerness and aesthetic views while working through formal methods. Liam Fallon’s sculptural works plays with similar visual codes, deeply invested in the materials’ properties and their relationships with queer coding and cultures.

Website

http://www.vane.org.uk

Getting there

12 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station
5 minutes walk from the Monument Metro station

Vane
First Floor, Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE1 6QE
England

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Website

www.vane.org.uk

E-mail

info@vane.org.uk

Telephone

0191 261 8281

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