North-West artists take on the world in ambitious new Bury Art Gallery show

By Culture24 Staff | 31 July 2009
A picture of a figure being fed something while seated in a fuzzy piece of art

(Above) Northern Art Prize nominees Brass Art are among a dozen ambitious new artists taking part in Not at This Address. Picture courtesy the Artist and International 3

Exhibition: Not at This Address, Bury Art Gallery, Bury, August 1 – November 7 2009

The escalating number of globally ambitious artists in Greater Manchester form the focal point of this multi-disciplinary show at Bury Art Gallery, touching on questions of memory, hope, action and perception through work by a dozen exhibitors.

Brass Art – Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneke Pettican – have worked as "modern day flâneuses" since 1998, putting themselves up as drawings, shadows, performers and "digital sprites" in explorations of the limitations of space which were nominated for the Northern Art Prize two years ago.

They've made miniature replicas of themselves with 3D printing technology and body scanning, morphing with objects and animated by light to form a shadow play.

A picture of an old poster overpainted in purple

Maurice Carlin has overpainted a poster from the miner strikes. Picture courtesy the Artist

Maurice Carlin uses a poster from the miners' strike of 1984, the remnants of which lie under the nearby Greengate Bridge in Salford, to produce a poignant image of the tense stand-off. In 2007 Carlin co-founded Islington Mill Art Academy, a Tate-backed free art school, and drawings by two artists based there are also on display.

A picture of a black and white drawing of a figure on top of a mountain

Andrew McDonald, John's Country. Picture courtesy the Artist and International 3

Amy Pennington responds to high-rise council blocks through thick, black and white line etchings and films, and Rachel Elwell puts a new spin on traditional handicraft and contemporary sketch methods through free-formed drawing on paper in her Crocheted Drawing series.

A black and white drawing of a beheaded figure in a room

Andrew McDonald, John and the Machine. Picture courtesy the Artist and International 3

The process of creativity itself is agonised over by Anne Charnock. "I question my decision to paint, I worry that I'll fail, that I'll mislay my thoughts in translating them into words," she confesses, describing The Uncertainty Series, an ongoing body of work revealing "the doubts I experience during my art making" by mimicking the track changes function of word processing programs in a combination of language and painting.

A picture of a deer-like figure sleeping

Rachel Goodyear, Fawn With Hand. Picture courtesy the Artist and International 3

Curator Tony Trehy is tipping Alison Erika Forde's "very naïve" bright colours for greatness, influenced by graphic novels and comic strips and drawing painting material from late modernism, Pop Art and charity shops. Best of Manchester finalist Rachel Goodyear's emotionless figures reside within an existence where "social etiquette no longer, or maybe never, applied."

A picture of a pier under a bright orange sky

Pat Flynn, Untitled (Retail Park A). Picture courtesy the Artist and International 3

Pat Flynn considers the purpose of human intervention in making familiar landscapes recognisable, Andrew McDonald escapes to an animated world, Magnus Quaiyfe subverts history and Sarah Sanders is inspired by traditional Chinese materials and philosophy, capturing a sense of passing time.

Accompanied by disparate new work from prodigious talents Rachel Well and Jesse Ash, it's a vehemently local talent exposé with the vision to take on the world.

Magnus Quaife, Andrew McDonald and Pat Flynn discuss their work at the Gallery on October 8 2009, 1pm. Admission free. Call 0161 253 5878 or visit the Gallery online for further details.

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