Studio Voltaire, vent'anni di attività


Lo Studio Voltaire di Londra festeggia i suo vent’anni di attività con un ricco programma culturale autunnale, a seguire il variegato programma

Studio Voltaire 20th anniversary autumn programme:

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Anne Collier to create major new commissions

Taking place during the gallery’s twentieth anniversary year, Studio Voltaire presents concurrent exhibitions by Turner prize nominated Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and American photographer Anne Collier. Both exhibitions will be the artists' first solo presentations to take place in a public gallery in London.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s new film Hermitos Children 2 is the artist’s largest commission to date. Chetwynd has become well known for her carnivalesque live performances, which feature homemade costumes and a varying ensemble of friends and family. These performances share elements of the bawdy anarchy of sixteenth-century wandering troupes, foregrounding key moments from art history and cultural production. The film will be presented in the gallery within a large-scale installation incorporating a number of props and interiors.

Hermitos Children is an ongoing project that takes the form of an experimental television crime drama. Each episode follows female detective Joan Shipman as she uncovers and solves sex-crimes. The film combines staged cinematic sequences with footage of live performances. Rather than documenting events chronologically, Chetwynd coheres both scripted and live elements into a single overarching narrative. Filming for Hermitos Children 2 will take place in London, Nottingham, Krakow, Gothenburg, Gozo, Vienna and Australia. Studio Voltaire is appealing to Chetwynds’s fan base to help with the final push of funding for this large commission, with their first ever Kickstarter campaign. Donations reap rewards ranging from a character mug, to an intimate dinner with the artist and a cameo in the final film.

On Saturday 6 September 2014 a large-scale event will be held at Studio Voltaire. This live performance, referencing Catwoman and Minoan bull-leaping will be recorded and elements will be included in the final cut of the film. Hermitos Children 2 follows a long-standing collaborative relationship between Studio Voltaire and Chetwynd, having worked together on multiple projects since 2005. This film is a sequel to Hermitos Children, the pilot episode (2008), which was first presented at Altermodern, the fourth Tate Triennial (2009) and subsequently acquired by The Tate Collection.
Studio Voltaire has commissioned New York-based artist Anne Collier in a two-part projectWomen with Cameras, comprised of an artist’s book detailing source material from her ongoingWoman with a Camera series and an associated slide projection piece comprised of a selection of this extensive amassed material.

Combining still-life photography with techniques of appropriation, Collier creates meticulously arranged compositions of found objects and pop culture paraphernalia. These items including magazines, postcards, posters and record covers, are photographed against the stark surfaces of the artist’s studio in an exact and formal manner. Under these conditions, the objects come under close scrutiny, revealing a set of formal and psychological associations that frame recurrent tensions around power and gender. Collier revisits the subject of the objectified female in many of her works, often appropriating European photography magazines from the 1970s and 80s, which frequently sexually objectified their female subjects. Collier’s works highlight the materiality of photographic reproduction and the deployment of images within print culture, opening up a fertile dialogue between personal experience and our contact with culture, cliche? and stereotype.

Collier’s solo exhibition at Studio Voltaire will be the artist’s first presentation in a London public gallery, and will give audiences a rare opportunity to view Collier’s source material in her gallery exhibition and artist’s book. Designed and co-published by New York-based publishers Karma, and distributed by Walter Ko?enig, the monograph will launch in Spring 2015 in London and New York.

About the artists:
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b.1973, formally Spartacus Chetwynd) lives and works Glasgow, UK. Chetwynd studied social anthropology at University College London, received a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2000, and earned a master’s degree in painting in 2004 from the Royal College of Art. Chetwynd has performed and exhibited widely across the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2014 – also the occasion of the performance ‘The Green Room’); ‘Home Made Tasers’, New Museum, New York (2011); ‘Odd Man Out’, Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2011 – restaged at Tate Britain in 2012); ‘Help! I’m Traped in a Muzuzah Factory’, Le Consortium, Dijon (2008); a large-scale exhibition at the Migros Museum, Zurich (2007); and ‘The Walk to Dover’, Studio Voltaire, London (2005). In 2013, the artist published two new monographs Some Canterbury Tales (London: Four Corners Press) and Bat Opera (London: Sadie Coles HQ / Koenig Books). The artist is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo de Carlo, Milan/London.
Anne Collier (b.1970) lives and works in New York City. Collier received a MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, and a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. The artist has exhibited internationally, and is subject to a major survey exhibition that is touring across North America including CCS Bard, MCA Chicago, Aspen Art Museum and The Gallery of Ontario, Toronto during 2014 – 2015. Solo exhibitions include: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2014); High Line Art billboard commission, New York, NY (2012); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2011) and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, DE (2008).The artist is represented by the Modern Institute, Glasgow; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Corvi Mora, London and Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles.

About Studio Voltaire:
Celebrating 20 years in 2014, Studio Voltaire is a leading independent contemporary arts organisation that exists to support artistic practices and create a space for thinking, experimentation and reflection; its main activities are the provision of affordable studios, a renowned programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions, and a pioneering education programme. Upcoming exhibitions include Anne Collier, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Sanya Kantarovsky and Aaron Angell.
“Studio Voltaire has become one of the most energising spaces in London. Its ad- hoc approach and knack for spotting young talent makes it a formidable presence on the city’ s art scene.”The Guardian
“One of the most dynamic spaces in London.” The Telegraph

“A fantastically worthwhile cause.” Vogue
Listings Information: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Hermitos Children 2 Anne Collier: Women with Cameras
12 October – 14 December 2014
Studio Voltaire, 1a Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm  +44 (0)207 622 1294

Credits and courtesies:
Hermitos Children 2 is supported by Australian Council for the Arts and Arts Council England.

Hermitos Children 2 includes film sequences shot for The Green Room, commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary and funded by The Arts Council Catalyst Fund. Further sequences and footage are taken from CRICOTEKA, Krakow; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney and Weight - International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden. 

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