FOOTNOTES | CRESCENT ARTS, SCARBOROUGH | AUTUMN 2014
Footnotes is a group exhibition that presents work by four artists who took up studios at Crescent Arts this year; Sarah Coggrave, Serena Partridge and artist partnership Caitlin and Andrew Webb-Ellis. Their work spans performance, film, photography and meticulously crafted artworks.
You are invited to the preview of Footnotes on Sunday 16th November at Crescent Arts from 3.33 pm.
Exhibition opening times:
Thursday 20th November – Saturday 20th December 2014
11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Thursdays – Saturdays and by appointment
Admission is free
By siting specific examples of the artists’ work together the exhibition references the broader practice and concerns of each artist and work that is to come. It invites comparisons and visitors to the exhibition will most probably be struck by contrasts between the works and use of very different media and approaches. However, there are parallels that become more apparent on closer scrutiny.
The performative strand provides a common ground and means to explore the relationships between lived, imagined or recorded experience and memory. It is worth mentioning that Sarah Coggrave has created a middle-aged spinster called Miss Pilchard, who frequently re-appears in her work, and some of Miss P’s sedentary aspirations can be enjoyed in this exhibition. Webb-Ellis show video documentation of a research performance they made in Berlin in 2013 and in Mother Again they explore the relationships between performance and life. The live performance acts as research and precursor to their current audio-visual installation, Mother. I am Going. Serena Partridge presents gloves as museum acquisitions, creating distance between the viewer and the maker, suggesting that someone else has selected and displayed the artifacts. The ‘someone else’ is the artist in another guise, an alter ego, reflecting on working behind the scenes at a museum.
Sarah Coggrave uses performance art as a form of research. This research frequently, but not always, investigates the histories of places, and involves the creation of characters, scenes and props. Stories emerge (mixtures of fact and fiction), which are acted out and documented.
Serena Partridge’s work addresses the theme of loss, emotional and physical; lost possessions, loss of loved ones, lost relationships, the disappearance of Agatha Christie. The materials she uses have had previous lives: leather reclaimed from old gloves, silk and metal threads discovered in junk shops, paper from dressmaking patterns and human hair.
Webb-Ellis work with performance, film, video and photography. Their work frequently investigates the role that film and photography play in the obliteration of ‘real’ memory, and how images and objects come to stand for, or take the place of, lived experience.
A process of research is central to the practice of all these artists and may involve unearthing, collecting or tracing ‘evidence’ in the form of found or created artifacts, texts, materials, footage or photographic image. Their work is a result of speculation and investigation into histories and content that extends to people and places, exploring the factual and the fictional by assembling and (re)constructing circumstantial and biographical information.