NN is a contemporary art space in the centre of Northampton. We work with artists at all stages of their careers to present an international programme of contemporary art and multi-disciplinary events. We moved from our previous home at Fishmarket to become NN at Number Nine Guildhall Road in 2012 where as well as exhibitions we house artist studios, project space, education projects and cafe.
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Vertigo: Heike Gallmeier
- 22 August — 4 October 2015
This summer NN Contemporary Art will be hosting an exhibition of new work by Berlinbased artist Heike Gallmeier entitled Vertigo.
Gallmeier takes us through her journey from Berlin to Northampton with an assortment of collected materials used to create various installations en route.
Using a transport van as a small mobile studio, Heike Gallmeier travelled, worked and lived in the van for ten days, avoiding main roads and collecting discarded objects and materials on the way.
Alongside the mobile studio cube and an installation of the collected objects, the artist shows complex staged photographs.
Heike Gallmeier creates sculptural constellations based on art-historical imagery. Her works reconstruct pictoral spaces from old paintings into spatial and abstract compositional structures. Gallmeier’s pictorial exploration leads her from the twodimensional painting, to the three-dimensional sculptural installation and from there back to the two-dimensional picture for her works that take photographic form as their final appearance; the picture-based sculpture repeats a painting and the photographed sculpture repeats the repetition.
Gallmeier’s three dimensional works are comprised of found objects and architectural elements. Each element is devoid of autonomy, validated through the systematic, pictorial arrangement and from the relationship with the other elements in space. Gallmeier’s installations are like optical devices, or spatial viewing diagrams.The predetermination of the found material corresponds to the predetermination of the art-historical imagery.
The found elements are parallel to the found art-historical images whose pictorial spaces they reconstruct. Gallmeier’s oscillation between two and three dimensions blurs the difference between actual space and illusional space, between pictorial representation and sculptural representation and between the architectural and the speculative. This project is part of NN’s Ways to think about diaspora season and inspired by the German population of Northampton.
Vertigo follows Poland International and Yael Bartana’s And Europe Will be Stunned .
Vertigo runs concurrently with the offsite project Filaments from the Dandelion Clock .
More information on the project and information about NN can be found at: www.nncontemporaryart.org.
About the artist: Born in Berlin in 1972, Heike Gallmeier studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and finished her studies in the master class of the sculpture department at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee. She has exhibited internationally and received awards and stipends of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Senate of Berlin, Goethe Institut and Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice.
- Any age
Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned
- 7 August 2015 7-9:30pm
7 August 2015, 7pm
NN Contemporary Art is hosting a special screening of Yael Bartana’s trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned on 7 August 2015, 7pm.
The three films, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) 2007, Mur i Wieza (Wall and Tower) 2009 and Zamach (Assassination) 2011, explore a complicated set of social and political relationships among Jewish people, Poles and other Europeans in the age of globalisation.
Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like 'homeland', 'return' and 'belonging'.
Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state. In her Israeli projects, The artist dealt with the impact of war, military rituals and a sense of threat on every-day life.
Between 2006 and 2011, the artist was working in Poland, creating the trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity, which premiered at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Admission is free but booking essential:
From Art To Commerce
- 5 September — 3 October 2015
5 September 2015, 11am–1pm
3 October 2015, 11am–1pm
From Art To Commerce is a regular workshop at NN for artists and makers at all stages of their career. Run by NN’s Development Director Tracey Clarke, each session has a particular business focus from business modelling to marketing and finance.
For further information contact Tracey at Tracey@NNContemporaryArt.org
T: 01604 638944
- 17 October 2015 7-9pm
17 October 2015, 7pm
Write Club is for anyone wanting to brush up on their art writing from artist statements to critical texts, get together for peer critique over a coffee in the Café. This session will look at artist statement writing.
For further information contact Catherine Hemelryk,Catherine@NNContemporaryArt.org.
T: 01604 638944
- 24 October 2015 7-9pm
24 October 2015, 7pm
NN hosts the Crit Group for artists at all stages of their career to come together to discuss their work in progress.
Free, all welcome.
T: 01604 638944
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