'Brittle Crazie Glasse', Islington Mill, Manchester
Brittle Crazie Glasse
at Islington Mill, James Street, Salford M3 5HW
Curated by Lucy Newman Cleeve, Director of Man&Eve,
21.09.12 – 04.11.12
Private view 20.09.12, 6 - 9pm
‘Brittle Crazie Glasse’ brings together work by Richard Bevan, James Brooks, Sophie Clements, Mark Dean, Pip Dickens, Pippa Gatty, Alistair McClymont, Simson&Volley and August Ventimiglia.
The title for the exhibition is taken from George Herbert's poem ‘The Windows’. Usually understood in spiritual terms, the poem also works as a metaphor for how materials are simply 'brittle crazie glasse’ until they are animated by some other agent or phenomena such as light or sound, so that 'life, colours and light in one, when they combine and mingle, bring a strong regard and awe.'
Many of the works in this exhibition explore the use of light as an activating agent. Others recreate, describe or subvert natural phenomena, or create the appearance of a concrete physical object from the record of a temporal event. In doing so, they seek to transcend their base materiality and draw attention to the distinction between 'phenomena', or things as they appear to us, and things as they are in themselves.
'Brittle Crazie Glasse' will be open at all Islington Mill events until 4th November, and by appointment. The exhibition is accompanied by a screening of Mark Dean's 1997 film, 'Scorpio Rising 2 - The Gospel According to St.Matthew / Hells Angels on Wheels' at St Philip's Church, 2 Wilton Place, Salford, M3 6FR at 7pm on Friday 26th October.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a performance by Land Observations, which takes place at Islington Mill on Saturday 29th September. Land Observations is the musical project of artist James Brooks. His debut solo album Roman Roads IV - XI, was released 3 September 2012 on Mute Records. www.landobservations.blogspot.co.uk