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Rotate Response Aspex Gallery

Aspex Gallery, based in the Vulcan Building of Gunwharf Quays, announced in January that they’re offering four artists who live within a one-hour journey of the gallery the chance to use their main space as a studio for the duration of an upcoming exhibition, ‘Rotate Response’.

Now, the gallery is preparing itself to embrace the exciting potential and certain uncertainties surroundings its latest project as it invites the four selected artists along. The open call for artists included creatives and crafters who work in any media who could use Aspex as a studio to produce work for the gallery space.

The twist is that the artists will begin with four pieces by the chosen artists, but then they’ll each produce three more pieces in response to one another’s artwork. The end result will be sixteen works — four by each artist.

Visitors to the gallery will have access to the space throughout Rotate Response’s duration, and will be able to meet the artists to witness their diverse methods and media, thus breaking down the walls between artists and art spectators and demystifying the oft-opaque and abstractly confusing realms of modern and contemporary art.

The selected artists are as follows:

Anna Pickering, who intends to experiment with spatial strategy in the gallery space and plans to produce a series of working texts, perhaps to develop into live readings and wall prints. For the past few years, Anna’s research and values have been formalised in video, text, and performance, with work that steps into and skirts around the idea of the performative.

John Lockhart, a sculptor whose work is predominantly based around mixed media installations, comprised of found objects ranging from slip-cast ceramic objects and computer-cut materials through to Hammond organs and popcorn machines. The heart of all of his work revolves around the pursuit of a commonality of experience through the manipulation, handling, and consumption of objects.

Matt Parsons‘ work is based on translation. In his videography work, he manipulates sound to exaggerate or negate certain characteristics of often mundane objects, playing with the perceptions and associations of the viewer. Matt attempts to explore the boundaries between humour and the uncanny, often employing the devices of science fiction to transform every day life into the fantastical, or vice versa.

Jo Willoughby, an artist who uses found and made objects, drawing, and photography as her media, with which she aims to form a visual language, focusing on symbols and signs to create ambiguous and potentially familiar narratives. Jo is particularly interested in the placement of these objects and how touch, interaction, and thought process can be represented in seemingly static assemblages and installations.

The exhibition will launch on Friday 28th February from 6:00pm at a preview evening giving visitors the opportunity to meet the artists and view the four initial pieces of art which will be commencing the exhibition. At the other end of the exhibition will be a closing party on Friday 25th April, also at 6:00pm, where visitors will be able to view the completed Rotate Response project pieces and the artists’ studio spaces in which the artworks were created.

Further talks and events relating to the project will be announced throughout the course of the exhibition. Keep an eye on the Aspex Gallery website for more information.

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