‘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.

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Narbi Price, Untitled Yard Painting (Harold), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 91x122cm

Narbi Price: This Must Be the Place

  • 31 May — 3 June 2017
  • 7 — 10 June 2017
  • 14 — 17 June 2017
  • 21 — 24 June 2017
  • 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.

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  • Any age


Getting there

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

First Floor, Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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