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.

Vicennial

  • 18 — 19 August 2017 12-5pm *on now

In July 1997 Vane opened our first ever exhibition. In the twenty years since then we have worked with hundreds of artists from around the world, both welcoming them to our home in the north east of England as well as through taking the gallery to participate in international projects in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.

‘Vicennial’ is an exhibition of work from nineteen artists currently working with the gallery: 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. The artists come from across the UK, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and the USA.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://vane.org.uk/exhibitions/vicennial

mixed media sculpture

You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism

  • 18 — 19 August 2017 12-5pm *on now

‘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

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.vane.org.uk

E-mail

info@vane.org.uk

Telephone

0191 261 8281

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