NEW ART WEST MIDLANDS
A selected exhibition of work by graduates of West Midlands art schools that takes place at venues across the region between February and May each year. The New Art West Midlands 2016 exhibition was selected by Sonia Boyce (artist), John Stezaker (artist) and Katharine Stout (Head of Programme, ICA London) and features work by 45 artists. The exhibition can be seen at Waterhall Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, mac birmingham and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Works were selected from graduates at BA, MA and PhD levels who studied at the five university art schools based in the West Midlands: Birmingham City, Coventry, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
Review on Thursday 2016
Review on Thursday (2015) is a large installation of seventy-seven individual photographic prints encased in 3mm clear cast acrylic sheeting. Each of the photographs suspend from the wall using Perspex tubes, thereby moving the images into the space of the viewer. Collectively, the documentary photographs that make up the work make a single image of the artist’s grandfather, taken in an isolated hospital room. Its aesthetic, materials and subject give the work a clinical feel; when seen as one image, it appears to both isolate and rupture the body, making it dissolve into the walls and into the ether. The effect is curious and melancholic, at odds with what we might expect of a portrait of a cherished family member.