A Fake’s Progress

Sarah Taylor

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Sat 2nd March – Sat 6th April

Thursdays / Fridays / Saturdays
11.00 – 4.00
and by appointment

Admission is free

The exhibition A Fake’s Progress comprises work selected from two series of  paintings, Prior Arrangements and The Backside of Labour. The series Prior  Arrangements consists of paintings that are either painted onto, or assembled  from various items of domestic material culture, such as tea towels, dish  cloths, fabric remnants, or printed headscarves. These material domestic items  are stretched over painting stretchers in order to be formally presented and  considered as approximations of paintings. Grouped together and arranged in  ‘lots’, as in an auction, the works are displayed leaning against the wall and  in this form of presentation aspire to count as painting, the most aristocratic  of art forms.

In addition to this series of stretched domestic fabric artifacts, are a series  of large-scale paintings titled The Backside of Labour. These paintings are based  on observations of the underside of machine embroidered clothing labels. The reverse  side of these labels, usually hidden from view, reveal the labour of production by  way of the matted tangles of loose threads. From a collection of small and relatively  ephemeral labels, the appearance of imposing abstract paintings is sought. These  labels provide a parody, visually mimicking the ‘great masculine tradition’ of American  Abstract Expressionism.    Sarah Taylor has produced new work for this exhibition of A Fake’s Progress in the  context of Crescent Arts and Scarborough, following a previous configuration of the  work for her recent exhibition at Leeds College of Art where she currently teaches.

Sarah Taylor studied painting at Chelsea College of Art (1990) and in 2013 was  awarded a PhD (practice led) from the University of Ulster. Exhibitions include  Dirty Knicker Girl, The Gallerette, London & Wall of Guilt, Puriuli Agli Scalzi  Gallery, Venice, Italy. Past support and funding has been awarded by the British  Council, Southern Arts, the Welsh Arts Council and DEL (Belfast).    Alison Rowley is Reader in Cultural Theory in the School of Art, Design and  Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. Her book Helen Frankenthaler:  Painting History, Writing Painting was published by I.B. Tauris in 2007. Her  writing on contemporary art includes essays on AES+F, Chantal Akerman,  Eva Hesse, Willie Doherty, Sarah Lucas and Jenny Saville. Her new book  ‘Common Gestures Class Acts: Young British Art in Retrospect’ will be  published by I.B. Tauris in 2013.

Aspirational Beauty, an essay by Alison Rowley

Crescent Artists Open Studios and Exhibition

How many artists does it take to draw a light bulb?

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Sat 16th & Sun 17th February 2013

10am – 5pm daily

Admission is free.

Six artists based at Crescent Arts open their studios to the public.

Dawn Brooks, Jade Montserrat, Steven Potter, Susan Slann, Karen Thompson, Susan Timmins

This event is part of the Coastival programme.

Our artists’ work encompasses printmaking, ceramics, book art, painting, paper cuts,  drawing, sculptural installation, sound and digital media. Come and meet our artists  who will be glad to show you their work in the studio environment. Work will be for  sale, so you may be tempted to buy an original work of art or craft directly from  the artist.

For further information about Crescent Arts’ artists, please visit the resident artists’
page of our website.

Demonstrations:

Collagraph &
Drypoint Etching

Sat 16th & Sun 17th Feb 11:00 – 11:30am / 3:00 – 3:30pm

Bookmaking

Sat 16th & Sun 17th Feb
Drop in demonstrations 10:00 – 5:00pm

Book-making is a satisfying and straight-forward process allowing the maker to muse in a treasured hand-made compendium.

Artists’ Talks:

Drawing on Identity

Sat 16th & Sun 17th Feb
Jade Montserrat 12:00 – 12:30pm

Refining and locating my practice regarding notions of cultural identity in relation to art historical and contemporary discourse.

Finding a Narrative in
Contemporary Ceramics

Sat 16th & Sun 17th Feb
Karen Thompson 1:00 – 1:30pm

A presentation charting the path Karen’s ceramic work has taken, focusing on her fine art installation based work, she will be discussing her attempts at finding a unique voice and an original narrative context within todays contemporary ceramic world.

No booking required.

GRID-WEB

 

Thurs 2nd – Sat 18th May

Thursdays / Fridays / Saturdays
11.00am – 4.00pm
and by appointment

Admission is free

Crescent Arts looks back affectionately at two years of news posters from  Scarborough News. Karen Thompson has collected most of the daily posters  which give a vivid snapshot of events and news in Scarborough over this  period. The best news posters capture the stories with a striking economy  of language, and are meant to be digested in a split second. At their best,  they have strong typographic appeal and are highly evocative. A sense of the  visual, which parallels the photographic, makes for the most memorable  posters. Who could ever forget ‘Elton John to Walk On Water In Scarboro!’?

While some stories may have disappeared from view, others are very much  alive and can be instantly revived by the headline. Seagulls, jellyfish  and dog-walking on the beach are perennial themes as you might expect in  a seaside resort. However, ‘Latest Victim Of Wall of Death’ is more  specific and of continuing concern to those who care about the wellbeing  of wildlife in an increasingly urban environment. ‘Scarboro Set For Gold  Rush’ is perhaps one of the more intriguing news posters of the period,  and ‘Sand Cleared From Beach’ seems poetic in its understatement.

“It taps into an unsung area of interest that is paradoxically impact-heavy  and disposable as a marketing technique that requires a crossword-mentality  ranging from the cryptic to the simple, truncating ideas and concepts and  events into a universal distillation.”  Ed Asquith, Editor of The Scarborough News

We became interested in the news posters as part of our experiments with writing in our Artist Writes programme and for their potential  as remarkably vivid and expressive word pictures. The attempt to  condense a story down to four or five words is both challenging and  fascinating, and easier said than done.

NEWS POSTER COMPETITION

If you think you can come up with a striking news poster, one that  captures the essence of a story and is impossible to ignore, now’s  your chance to prove it. We’re inviting you to send in a news poster  based on any story or article in Scarborough News published in the  editions of 2nd or 9th May 2013. Choose a story and write your news  poster. It can be humorous, intriguing, snappy or simple so long as  it really captures the story.

There are three simple rules…
News posters must use;  Four lines – no more, no less
Maximum seven letters each line (excluding spaces)
Correct punctuation

All news posters must be sent to Crescent Arts by:  
email (subject NEWS): info@crescentarts.co.uk
twitter: @crescent_arts  or facebook: www.facebook.com/crescent.arts

Before 5pm on Tuesday 14th May.  

Judging will take place at Museums at Night on  Friday 17th May, 6.00pm – 10.30pm.

Come and find out if your news poster has won! Entries will be judged  by Scarborough News and Crescent Arts, and a selection of the best  posters will be added to our exhibition. The winner will receive a  t-shirt with their poster printed boldly on the front or back. Show  off your literary or journalistic talents and be the envy of all  your friends.

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Friday 17th May 2013

6.00pm – 10.30pm

ART KO! BOUT 8.00PM SCARBOROUGH ART GALLERY

Admission is free except
Future Shorts film screenings £3 non-members (free to members)
Screenings at 6.00pm / 7.30pm / 9.00pm

Crescent Arts and Scarborough Art Gallery join forces, yet again,  to participate in Museums At Night 2013. The whole building will  be open to the public with a great programme of exhibitions,  Future Shorts films, poetry readings, art book exchange and the  ART KO! upstairs downstairs boxing bout to decide, once and for all,  between the ‘Scarborough Realists’ or the ‘Crescent Conceptualists’.  Place your bets!

 

FUTURE SHORTS FESTIVAL

SPRING SEASON 2013 APRIL to JUNE 2013

1. THE WHISTLE | 17 min / Documentary Dir: Grzegorz Zariczny / Poland – 2012

2. 38 – 39°C | 8 min / Animation  Dir: Kangmin Kim / USA, South Korea – 2011

3. THE CHAIR| 12 min / Drama  Dir: Grainger David / USA – 2012

4. MICKY BADER | 14 min / Documentary  Dir: Frida Kempff / Sweden/Denmark – 2009

5. DOGS ARE SAID TO SEE THINGS | 12 min / Fiction  Dir: Guto Parente / Brazil – 2012

6. WHIPLASH |18 min / Fiction  Dir: Damien Chazelle / USA – 2012

www.culture24.org.uk/museumsatnight
www.futureshorts.com
www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.org.uk

at sixes & sevens

Sat 8th June – Sat 6th July 2013

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Thursday – Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm
& by appointment
Admission is free.

At sixes and sevens is a fitting title for this exhibition of work by current  Crescent Arts studio holders.

As an idiom ‘at sixes and sevens’ has figurative meaning, much like the work  on display, which flows away from literal interpretations of the materials used.  It reflects the fact that the artists work in differing mediums, styles and  approaches, and are brought together by their shared location within studios  at Crescent Arts. The exhibition mirrors aspects of the dialogue which occurs on a daily basis between artists working together under the same roof.

Showing works by Dawn Brooks (print), Jade Montserrat (installation), Steven Potter (installation), Susan Slann (painting), Karen Thompson (ceramics) & Susan Timmins (installation).

For further information about each resident artists work please visit their page on the website.

MARKET PRICES

Jade Montserrat

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20th September – 26th October 2013

“…so the objects that are collected and archived stand on their own but
 there  are links that can be made through everything all the time…art history, libraries,  books its exhaustive, we kind of look for 
compendiums to describe all manner of  things that relate to our lives…”  

Market Prices is an exploration of objects littered with links to value in relation  to the artist’s personal narrative and practice. Each object is neatly housed  within its own bespoke box. These codified repositories, akin to drawers, are  stacked, creating a monument to her narrative within an art-historical, cultural  and socio-political context. Each item is being prepared for a photographic record,  which will be published in a small edition, acting as a catalogue. The function of  the catalogue will reveal the objects that viewers will not be able to see once  the sculpture is assembled.

Although the arrangement of the boxes (based on when they arrived within  the artist’s temporary custody) and the corresponding publication are located  within a classification system driven by personal trajectory: the objects  themselves demand a narrative excavation.

How might Market Prices merge the artist’s narrative within larger concerns  regarding value, worth, labour and education? And, using Baudrillard’s question  in his System of Objects as a prompt “Can man ever use objects to set up a  language that is more than a discourse addressed to himself?”

THE ART PARTY CONFERENCE 2013

Presented by Bob & Roberta Smith with Crescent Arts, in association with the Spa (SIV Ltd)

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Saturday 23rd November
The Spa, Scarborough

2.00pm – 2.00am

£5 (plus 50p booking fee for online and telephone bookings)

£6 on the day

Box Office: 01723 821888
www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

ART DEBATE PERFORMANCE FILMS POETRY
MUSIC DJS STALLS FOOD DRINK

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME HERE:

Art Party Conference Programme Nov13

 

JOIN US AT THE ART PARTY CONFERENCE

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CRESCENT ARTS THE ART FUND DACS THE CASS NSEAD INDEX ON CENSORSHIP UNIVERSITY OF HULL SCHOOL OF ARTS AND NEW MEDIA YORKSHIRE COAST COLLEGE AIR A-N ARTQUEST ARTSADMIN AXISWEB CAPE UK CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS NETWORK CONTEMPORARY ART SOCIETY CREATE CULTURAL LEARNING ALLIANCE SCARBOROUGH MUSEUMS TRUST STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON YORKSHIRE VISUAL ARTS NETWORK YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

& MOST IMPORTANTLY…YOU

For further information, please visit

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