Unbounded: Contemporary Art Practices in Cornwall | Eden Project, UK | 02.11.19 – 26.01.20
Unbounded reflects on the landscape of Cornwall from social, agricultural, post-industrial and geological perspectives, prompting questions on subjects from land-ownership and mineral rights to our individual relationships and responsibilities to nature. The exhibition showcases work by fifteen artists, each working in or deeply connected to the county.
Gemma Anderson, Bram Thomas Arnold, Phyllida Bluemel, Georgia Gendall, James Hankey, Laura Hopes, Alastair Mackie, Rosanna Martin, Elizabeth Masterton, Jonathan Michael Ray, Abigail Reynolds, Beth Emily Richards, Nina Royle, Ben Sanderson, Katie Schwab. Curated by the Eden Project and Field Notes
ART BRUSSELS with Copperfield | Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium | 25.04.19 – 28.04.19
Shahpour Pouyan, Darren Harvey, Alastair Mackie
Between The Dog and The Wolf | Copperfield, 6 Copperfield Street, London | 08.03.19 – 13.05.19
When early humans ceased their nomadic existence as hunter-gatherers and settled down to cultivate the earth and produce food, they believed that the success of their labours was dependent on deities who would oversee the fruitfulness of their crops. To this end, rites of great significance were held to propitiate the gods.
In Britain it was believed that a spirit lived amongst the crop and that at harvest time it retreated before the oncoming reapers, taking refuge in the last of the standing corn. These superstitions led some to wield their scythes blindfolded or throw their blades from a distance in order to cut the last sheaf. This final bundle was often given a name, personifying it as an animate being, and its fall was marked with a formal ceremony and display.
The sheaf was then fashioned into an effigy, a talisman believed to contain the spirit. This ‘trophy’ was taken into the farmer’s home and kept safe indoors throughout the winter, and only returned to the earth with the coming of the new season. Giving the spirit a refuge during the dark and cold winter months was believed to ensure good luck for the forthcoming crop. In some cases the bundle was ritualistically burnt at the end of the winter as a way of releasing the spirit.
As the earliest cultivated crops in human history, cereals continue to be among the most important food sources for us today, though the culture around them has changed dramatically. In recent years wheat production levels have not satisfied demand triggering a shortage in supplies and price instability. With a predicted world population of 9 billion by 2050, its demand is expected to increase by 60% while its vulnerability to climate change leaves us precariously exposed.
In keeping with historical convention Mackie has taken hold of the corn spirit and in collaboration with one of the few remaining true practitioners of the craft, has produced a traditional spiral plait which, in turn, has been encased within a mould, burnt out, and cast.
Without a label, I feel free | Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, Germany | 31.05.18 – 16.09.18
Works from the Reydan Weiss collection.
Bertozzi & Casoni, Johan Creten, Thomas Grünfeld, Linde Ivimey, Alastair Mackie, Kate MccGwire, Carolein Smit, Anj Smith, Terry Taylor
Formen der Nature | Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany | 04.03.18 – 03.06.18
Nature’s manifold appearances and impressive processes have always fascinated artists. From grains of small pebbles over gently branched plant stalks to heavy tree barks, the almost endless multitude of forms and colours offers artists a multifaceted source of material and ideas. The exhibition “Forms in Nature” brings together around 50 works by twelve artists, who draw their ideas and concepts from their natural surroundings. Some of the exhibited works sharpen the visitors’ awareness for the beauty of seemingly worthless materials; others try to make complex structures and processes visible. Among the exhibited works are also some that make use of organic substances to comment social or art-historical issues. Together the works demonstrate different possibilities of contemporary interpretation of nature.
Mirko Baselgia, Björn Drenkwitz, Werner Henkel, Marc Héron, Bethan Huws, Christiane Löhr, Alastair Mackie, David Nash, Regine Ramseier, Julia Schmölzer, Charlotte Vögele. Curated by Marco Hompes
Doing Identity | Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany | 25.11.17 – 04.02.2018
What is identity made of? Who decides? How do we define concepts such as home or culture and how do these concepts define us?
From the topic of collecting as an identity-creating moment to questions of gender, portraiture and the individual in a globalized, fast-paced Now the range of topics within the exhibition is wide. How do I associate myself with the things that surround me? How do culture and society influence me?
The Reydan Weiss collection offers varied perspectives on these questions: whether portraits, abstraction or figuration, photography, painting, video art or sculpture, the works captivate with their diversity as well as their internationality.
Etel Adnan, Nobuyoshi Araki, Janis Avotins, Stephan Balkenhol, Hans Op De Beeck, Emma Bennett, Gianpaolo Bertozzi, Joseph Beuys, Katharina Bosse, Katia Bourdarel, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Gl Brierley, Kaucyila Brooke, Daniele Buetti, Jelena Bulajic, Jonas Burgert, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Yoan Capote, Mat Collishaw, Anton Corbijn, Tony Cragg, Johan Creten, Keren Cytter, Thomas Demand, Drescher & Abetz, Marcel Dzama, Slawomir Elsner, Inci Eviner, Paul Fägerskiöld, Famed, Liu Fei, Sylvie Fleury, Claire Fontaine, Charles Fréger, Katsura Funakoshi, Yoshishige Furukawa, Patrycja German, Andreas Golder, Paul Graham, Doug Hall, Peter Halley, Anthea Hamilton, Mark Handforth, Jitka Hanzlová, Julie Heffernan, Andre Hemer, Evelyn Hofer, Rebecca Horn, Sandra Vásquez De La Horra, Bethan Huws, John Issacs, Linde Ivimey, Chantal Joffe, Mohammed Kazem, Jing Kewen, Bharti Kher, Anselm Kiefer, Ragnar Kjartansson, Gustav Kluge, Imi Knoebel, Kuno Gonschior, Shio Kusaka, Alicja Kwade, David Lachapelle, Corinne Lebusa, Young-Jae Lee, Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz, Graham Little, Robert Longo, Adolf Luther, Marcin Maciejowski, Heinz Mack, Alastair Mackie, Charles Matton, Kate Mccgwire, Alex Mcquilkin, Jonathan Meese, Olaf Metzel, Marilyn Minter, Mohau Modisakeng, Antonio Moreno Ballester, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Julie Nord, Olivier Jacco, Catherine Opie, David Ostrowski, Tony Oursler, Martin Parr, Claire Partington, Elisabeth Peyton, Shannon Plumb, Elodie Pong, Ged Quinn, Leopold Rabus, Till Rabus, Bettina Rheims, Gerhard Richter, Kirstine Roepstorff, Ricarda Roggan, Daniela Rossell, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Carlos Saura, Gitte Schäfer, Julia Schmidt, Thomas Schütte, Grace Schwindt, Norbert Schwontkowski, Alfred Seiland, He Sen, Andreas Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Sigga Bjorg, Sigurdardóttir, Laurie Simmons, Andreas Slominski, Carolein Smit, Anj Smith, Kiki Smith, Christiana Soulou, Otto Steinert, Anett Stuth, Mircea Suciu, Alex Tennigkeit, Emeli Theander, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Albrecht Tübke, Nasan Tur, Ike Ude, Günther Uecker, Wim Wenders, Francesca Woodman, Nil Yalter, Manabu Yamanaka, Liu Ye, Peter Zimmermann. Curated by a collective from the art historical Institute of the University of Bonn (Inke Maria Hahnen, Isabel Neuendorf, Layla Pankratz, Jonas Wagner, Professor Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet and Michael Stockhausen)
Internal Nebular | Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, UK | 01.09.17 – 24.09.17
Internal Nebular explores the clandestine deep time of geology and the crystalline structures within it, as well as connecting to the history of stone that is such a characteristic of the Derbyshire landscape and Identity. The exhibition is part of a series of events taking place during the Wirksworth Festival.
Dorothy Cross, Alastair Mackie, Liz Orton. Curated by Olivia Punnett
Pure Nature Art – Natural Materials in Contemporary Art | Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr, Germany | 25.06.17 – 07.01.18
Nature is subject to a permanent process of becoming and passing away. It enchants us with its seemingly inexhaustible diversity of forms and colours. As a part of that nature which has been accepted as the “master teacher” since antiquity, people stand in an extremely close relationship to it. We continuously investigate the laws on which it is based. In the early 1960s natural materials made their way into exhibition spaces by themselves becoming a focus of attention and no longer serving as an “image” of a landscape. Conversely, art also moved outdoors, into nature.
Six international artists have been selected for the exhibition. Over 20 installations, objects, wall pieces and sculptures made of materials like shells, feathers, thorns, leaves, cork, horsehair, wood or rose petals draw attention to the beauty, lightness and fragility of the materials found in nature. However, they also point to the fascinatingly systematic structure and formative power inherent to nature.
In addition to examining, collecting and arranging what they find as well as creating new forms and contexts, these artists are concerned above all with a respectful assimilation of that which is produced by nature.
Their works provide surprising and thought-provoking impulses for tracing the highly complex relationship between art and nature.
Bethan Huws, Christiane Löhr, Alastair Mackie, David Nash, Regine Ramseier, Herman de Vries. Curated by Katrin Hippel
Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen | Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany | 19.05.17 – 24.02.18
“Proof of Life” brings together 80 paintings, sculptures and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a both palpable and profound manner. Common to all works on display, in addition to their convincing form that addresses not merely the eyes of the viewer, is an inherent narrative power that grips the visitor right from the start. What these works bring to view is linked to a tradition of influential pictures, some of which go far back in time. The presented works simultaneously quote, seduce, irritate, provoke and thematize concepts of moral values. This includes a summons not only to situate in historical terms what is being seen, but also to relate it quite concretely to the present.
Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Patrick van Caeckenbergh, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Anton Corbijn, Thierry de Cordier, Danny Devos, Tracey Emin, Tom Friedman, Line Gulsett, Damien Hirst, John Isaacs, Sergej Jensen, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Anselm Kiefer, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Esther Kläs, Alastair Mackie, Christian Marclay, Kate MccGwire, Richard Prince, Leopold Rabus, Daniel Richter, Andres Serrano, Mircea Suciu, Gavin Turk, Jonathan Wateridge