Trade Gallery

On Saturday lunchtime I stopped by at the freshly relaunched Trade Gallery to have a look at the first installation in the new downstairs location (formerly, the gallery occupied a tiny white room up a couple of flights of stairs: it’s now larger, much easier to find and a bit smarter than it was, but the ethos of small … Continue reading

37 Years/Standard Gauge: Film As Substance

Last December, Annexinema presented a themed programme of screenings linked to the history of film at Hucknall’s disused Byron Cinema, which occupies the floor above a busy bingo hall. One of the films included was a haunting silent short from the archives of ATV Today showing the process of Refining Silver From Television and Cinema … Continue reading

Final Workshop For February

This week saw the final session in the first series of workshops, bringing the sessions full circle with a return visit by the group to Nottingham Contemporary after an introductory session at the beginning of the month and two sessions at Bilborough Library and Community Centre making our own responses to Jack Goldstein’s Text Totems … Continue reading

Stan Brakhage: 23rd Psalm Branch

It’s no accident that a book’s design should echo that of a door. Open it, and the rooms inside can be as mysterious, spacious and memorable as those of any building. Every turn of the page is another door, one room leading into another like one of those corridors you might find yourself losing your … Continue reading

Third Workshop: Sounds

The third workshop in our series of four (following the group’s first visit to Nottingham Contemporary to see the Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier exhibitions and our session making Text Totems at Bilborough Community Centre last week) involved a bit of preparation the night before. Specifically, it involved rummaging through the ever-present pile of records found … Continue reading

Appropriations (I): Communiques from the Years of Revolt

Appropriations (I): Communiques from the Years of Revolt (1968 – 1971) These texts are only slightly manipulated, mainly to change names and other identifying details relating to the individuals who wrote them. Their originals were found handwritten on the reverse sides of postcards pasted into the album seen above, each text here transcribed from the reverse side … Continue reading

Sylvia Plath

On February 11 1963, exactly 48 years ago today, the American poet Sylvia Plath took her own life at a flat on Fitzroy Road in London where W.B. Yeats had once lived, following her separation from Ted Hughes, a spectacularly harsh winter and the return of the depressive illness that had periodically affected her throughout … Continue reading

Second Workshop: Text Totems

The second workshop in our first series – working with a group from Bilborough Community Centre alongside Nottingham Contemporary associate artist Jo Dacombe – took place today, but this time, instead of taxis bringing the group to Weekday Cross, it was our turn to gather materials and head to Bilborough, where we’d be picking up … Continue reading

Walt Whitman’s Butterfly

Thinking about Jack Goldstein’s Butterflies (1975) today, and something jogged in my memory – does Goldstein’s film perhaps allude in some way to the image below, in which Walt Whitman poses with an artificial (or preserved) butterfly supposedly alighting on his raised finger? The Whitman portrait fits neatly with the poet’s later image as a man at one with … Continue reading

Translation as Appropriation?

Artist Henrietta Simson presented a talk yesterday evening on the subject of appropriation in her own work, a theme highly relevant to both Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier, who often create new works from re-photographing, manipulating and referencing existing material. Collier’s Woman With A Camera consists of frames from the 1978 film Eyes of Laura Mars, … Continue reading