We have noticed that some of the best conversations happen over a good hearty meal, so AirSpace Gallery are pleased to invite Artists to a new series of the amazingly popular 'Artist Soup Kitchens'. These are talks and workshops to explore support networks, good practice and sustainability of the arts and artists in a changing climate. They provide an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and special environment, with a different theme and speaker each time to be explored over a delicious bowl of homemade soup, and specially baked bread.
Progressive and Radical visual art practices have the idea of some sort of agency at its heart since the beginning of Modernism. The avant-garde was not only about ideas of formal innovation, but that artists could shape or trigger change in the wider society. “It is we, artists, that will serve as your avant-garde; the power of the arts is indeed the most immediate and the fastest. We have weapons of all sorts: when we want to spread new ideas among people, we carve them in marble or paint them on canvas; we popularize them by means of poetry and music" as Olinde Rodrigues wrote in 1825, the first recorded use of the phrase outside its original military use. It is an idea that is a foundation myth of contemporary art that it is in someway part of a revolutionary undertaking, be it a revolution of social and economic structures or of the imagination. That it has agent of change. And despite the shifts in the ideological mapping of the world since the fall of the Berlin wall, the spread of the consumer commodity market, the hyper-commodification of the art market and the impacts and effects of digital technology, these ideas still are at the heart of the rhetorics and self-identity of contemporary practice. But how does this play out in today's fluid states? Is it a mission statement? A brand? A commodity? A Heritage Industry? An impossibility? Post-Internet? Fake News?
Artist, curator and writer, Richard Grayson, along with an avatar, will draw out from themes present in Mishka Henner
's Search History in the next instalment of our critical engagement sessions. Grayson's work focuses on narrative and the visual arts, belief systems and material expression, and the ways cultural practices allow translation between the subjective and social/political realms. He was curator of the 2002 Sydney Biennale "The World May be Fantastic" exploring Artists uses of Fictions, Fakes and Hypotheticals, the 2006 Hayward Touring Exhibition "A Secret Service" focusing on works made about secrets and work intended to be secret. His video Installation " The Golden Space City of God" created an oratorio for a science fiction imagining of the end of the World by the leader of the cult The Family and Possessions_inc (2016, ongoing) http://possessions-inc.mattsgallery.org/ explores techno-animism, fakes, the internet of things and haunted objects in an unfolding series of video animations.
The duration of the Artist Soup Kitchen is set at 2 hours, beginning promptly at 5.00 pm and finishing at 7.00 pm.
Seats at the Artist Soup Kitchen Table are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please book early, and only if you fully intend to attend.
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***The Soup Kitchens are free to attend, but guests will be asked to donate an amount they feel the event was worth.***
In Search History
, Mishka Henner presents a series of signs, symbols, and landscapes of the 21st century, focusing predominantly on British concerns and covering ideas of memory failure, oversight, truth and lies and more; a set of diverse contemporary themes and challenges we can’t ignore.
Richard Grayson is an artist, curator and writer currently based in London, UK. Widely exhibited across the world, and widely published, Richard was a founder member of The Basement Group 1979-1984 Newcastle upon Tyne, a pioneering artists collective that made and represented time-based and performance practice.
He is the Bartlett Research Fellow in the Department of Fine Art at Newcastle University and a Visiting Tutor at Ruskin School, University of Oxford and is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London and Yuill|Crowley, Sydney.
UK/Belgian artist, Mishka Henner, was awarded the ICP In nity Award for Art and shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2013. Shortlisted for the Prix Pictet in 2014. Recipient of the Kleine Hans award in 2011. Works held in the Tate Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, the Centre Pompidou, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Exhibited internationally in numerous group shows and surveys. Member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative. Lives and works in Manchester, UK.
Henner is represented in London by Carroll/Fletcher Gallery and in New York by Bruce Silverstein Gallery. https://mishkahenner.persona.co/