KARA CHIN | AGAPE HARMANI | CHRISTOPHER MACINNES
MOTSONIAN | NICOLA SINGH | JOANNE TATHAM AND TOM O’SULLIVAN
CURATED BY MARK JACKSON
28 SEPTEMBER – 18 NOVEMBER 2018
PREVIEW: THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 6 – 9PM
FIRST THURSDAY’S: 4 OCTOBER AND 1 NOVEMBER UNTIL 9PM
Chop Leisure is an exhibition of ideas designed on much the same principles as present-day motorway junctions. We were looking for interfaces that honour and engage, for if we don’t do this the story doesn’t move on (NB: decide which narrative thread to follow or God will make the decision for you).
Chop Leisure is an exhibition of genre fiction and storytelling. As you enter the exhibition go immediately to the photo collage to greet the figure standing in front of it. You will feel nothing in the embrace but the wall. You might wonder why you cannot feel with your hands the figures which you can plainly and distinctly see with your eyes. Look at the late afternoon light on the gallery wall. Put your hands on the controls. The swelling and the pain in your leg has completely disappeared! With a new eye and a new finger, place your eye and your finger on the thin, textured walls. You can see how they sometimes keep your body back but let your eye and your finger through because we were lazy and didn’t raise enough money to hire professional playtesters. Run along just inside of the wall and see that these are actually not genre fictions, as they are neither walls with hostile neighbours nor the walls of areas where tycoons live. There is only a roof (a floor) that leaks eternally. There is only an edge and the inside of a hand and a head. There is a machine in there that will remove the top layer of skin from your entire body to test it for traces of chemicals. This is a good place to save. Remember that anything wild you do just after a save point might seem to be having fun and art and creative, but sometimes leads to terrifying discoveries about the fragility of the infrastructure. Watch art objects as they move in unison towards the left or the right, away from the centre, away from the field of view.
God does not have a body. God makes its body out of just any old light and dust materials. The pre-cogs have got to do better. Can you be a human body and look at this? Can you be a Head of Exhibitions and Displays and look at this?
Stuff it in the bag, pal.
💎 Motsonian and Mark Jackson | Chop Leisure | 2018 | GIF
THE MANCHESTER CONTEMPORARY 2018
12 – 14 OCTOBER 2018
It’s Manchester Contemporary 2018 time!!!, Cannot WAIT!
Firstly we wanna say congrats to our #BFF Nathaniel Pitt of Division of Labour for scoring the post of Curator at #Mancho ❤️ excited to see what he’s done with the place! Nat said he’s given us THE BEST booth obvs so not wanting to disappoint the man, we are bringing some hot powers. Serious powers.
We have Kara Chin, who will be showing new sensory sculptures evolving theories of reality and simulation. She’s been selected for the 2018 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, which has just launched at Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University to coincide with the Liverpool Biennial, before heading off to the South London Gallery in December. Having won the Woon Prize Fellowship 🙌🙌🙌 Kara will be hanging out at her new Newcastle-based studio and working towards a solo at Baltic 39!
The magnificent artist, musician and quester Ayesha Tan-Jones will also be joining us. You will no doubt have come across Ayesha before as the press REALLY love them (inc i-D, Vogue and on the BBC). They are bringing work evolved from some fantastic projects including their residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, commission with Beacons and show at the super cool Caustic Coastal. I know you will love it as much as we do #guaranteed
Also we’re bringing back a couple of big hits from last year. The amazing Maggie Roberts is returning to Manchester with her crystal-charged, magical work that opens doors to otherworldly scenarios and endless possibilities. After her solo show at IMT, Maggie’s got another solo show coming up at Aspex Portsmouth next year, after winning the Emergency 2017 Award.
Also coming back is Paola Ciarska who has been REALLY busy since last year. She’s working on a brand new ‘MTV Cribs’ series. It will be, like, totally bangin’. She’s currently working on a solo project with Ludovit Fulla Gallery of the Slovak National Gallery, Slovakia and features in the new illustrated book ‘Off the Wall – Art of the Absurd’ published by Victionary. Oh and she’s going to be in a show at our pals over at Workplace Gallery in Mayfair soon! AND we’re representing her now, so expect some great collaborations coming up!
“Paola Ciarska is surely a bright talent for the future of contemporary art due in part to the various levels and layers to her work, from subtle investigations of private dwellings and behaviours to the reasoning behind their tiny scale; the potential in these bright and airy visions is clear to see, and they complement each other so pleasingly that viewers will be eagerly awaiting new work from this young artist.”
Words by Issey Scott, Candid Magazine, 2018
Good luck babe, see you there!
Love, Lindsay, Mark, Agape, Cordelia and Walter xoxo
💎 Kara Chin | The Propagator | 2018 | Steel, plywood, timber, plaster, acrylic, enamel and gouache paint, marker pen, resin, perspex, glazed ceramics, fluorescent light, rock wool and basil seedlings | 105 x 93 x 60 cm | Unique Hydroponic basil-bots | 2018 | Steel, rubber, perspex, brass, fluorescent lights, nutrient solution and basil plants | 100 x 16 x 46 cm | Unique