“Out of the eleven works on show, ‘the balancing act’ is a motif most literally figured in Sam Porritt’s ‘Muscle Memory’ (2017), in which a clay snake scales a set of stairs. As the show self-professedly attempts to expose the ‘coping mechanisms’ we use to deal with ‘unstable existence’, the stairs transform to a descending escalator in the mind, and the snake undulates: forever toiling, but ultimately stationary.”
Sam Porritt’s work, ‘Muscle Memory’ features in group show ‘Tipping the Scales’ at Paradise Works, Salford. Read the review for Corridor8 by Jordan Harrison-Twist here.
“Beyond the Pylon of the Pit is the first body of work I’ve made in the last year or so that hasn’t had some direct involvement with another artist, apart from the odd piece in various group shows. I am highly critical of my own work and often have wobbles about its purpose and relevance in general. From the start of 2016, I found the work that I was making was disappointing… I found that I was making work that was repetitive and worse still, lost and empty.”
Jamie Fitzpatrick’s work will be presented in the group exhibition ‘Failure’ at Lítost Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, opening on 23 March 2018. Read more here.
Edwin Burdis’s stunning collaboration with Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor ’Beautiful Thing’ is now online. The album arrives April 20 via Domino, where Edwin has been the first artist in residence since 2017. The album was produced by Tim Goldsworthy (co-founder of DFA Records and UNKLE). Watch the music video here.
Jamie Fitzpatrick is exhibiting in a group exhibition titled ‘Hope is Strong’, alongside artists including Ai Weiwei and Jeremy Deller, at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield Museums until 10 June 2018. Read more here.
‘Say No More’ is a collaboration between isthisit? and Charlie Godet Thomas which brings together artists – including Tim Etchells – who draw attention to, or bypass altogether, the tricks that words play on us. The selected works point towards the possibilities that arise when the uncertainty of language becomes a subject in its own right. These pieces are punctuated by Charlie’s poetic writings, photographs and literary archival material.
Online here, until until 22 March, 2018.
“Grant published his trilogy over a period of 30 years, consisting of nonfictional accounts of his experience with magic and the occult. Nightside of Eden is written in his ‘Draconian tradition’ that Strong reflects within his work. Grant talks about there being a ‘nightside’ to the tree of life, functioning as a ‘mirror image’ of its ‘dayside’. This other side contains ancient forms of knowledge, power and dark forces that are entering our world, threatening it with disruption. Strong draws this out, mediating on the spiritual and mystical possibility of this being the cause of our unbalanced world; the works are mirrors through which you can experience this story of unhinged paranoia.”
Will Clarke on Alfie Strøng for Corridor8, Beyond the Pylon of the Pit runs until 2 April. Read more here.