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Melissa Gordon: Fallible Space

  • Sat, 23 Jan 2016 - Sun, 13 Mar 2016
  • 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
  • Tickets: Free, entry

Fallible Space is a new two-part project by London based painter, printmaker and editor Melissa Gordon.

Gordon is interested in addressing the exhibition as a ‘theatre in the round’: highlighting shifting perspectives when staging her work. Here she presents the first solo exhibition in Bluecoat’s Performance Space, accompanied by a longer running exhibition in the Vide.

Performance Space: Sat 23 – Sun 31 Jan 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am - 6pm 

Collision, the 1916 play by British artist, poet, playwright, novelist, feminist and actress Mina Loy, provides the starting point for Gordon's week long installation Fallible Space. An enduring fascination for Gordon, Collision describes the transformation of an interior, a kaleidoscoping of ceiling, floor and walls. 

On the opening evening (Fri 22 Jan), large-scale silkscreen panels will be activated by a physical theatre performance led by corporeal mime artist Rita Pulga. Working with musicians  Chris Evans and Morten Norbye Halvorsen and lighting design artist Jessica Wiesner, Gordon will focus on the rhythm of Loy’s writing. The vibrations of interfering half-tone lines in the prints and paintings also reflect on the play’s dynamic properties. 

The work will stay in place until Pulga returns to deinstall the work in front of visitors to the gallery on Sunday 31 January. On Saturday 30th January, 4pm installation will also provide the backdrop to a series of readings and discussions on Loy's work curated by academic and poet Sandeep Parmar. 

Vide: Sat 23 Jan – Sun 13 Mar 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am - 6pm

Opening in parallel and running until Sunday 13th March is an on-going series of paintings by Melissa Gordon entitled 'Material Evidence'. The paintings faithfully render closeup compositions of the marks made by the artist at work in her studio; brush strokes on a paint pallet, the splatter of paint on wall, table and ceiling. 

These intimate canvases are faithful renderings of accidental images; somehow both figurative and abstract at the same time. As images they are 'evidence' of the artist's labour in the studio, a clue, something to decipher. Their seriousness as paintings is deliberately undercut by the unfinished temporary walls on which they are hung; an insight into another process - the making of an exhibition. 

Gordon is interested in the relationship between abstraction and representation and seeing and reading, often focusing on the by-products of history, of medium and of making. Reclaiming and interrogating the legacy of female Modernism - a by-product or off-shoot of art history - is an enduring project reflected in her wider practice as painter, printmaker and editor. 

With thanks to The Elephant Trust.

Exhibition Related Events:

Fri 22 Jan 7pm Collision (1916)

A mime uses the artwork’s panels, hanging frames, and pulley systems to enact a live transformation of the Fallible Space installation, which will remain as the exhibition. This is the first-ever staging of Collision by Mina Loy, on the centenary after it was written. Music by Chris Evans and Morten Norbye Halvorsen.

Free, booking required

Sat 30 Jan 4 – 6pm Myths of the Modern Woman

Performances and discussions curated by Gordon and Sandeep Parmar, academic, poet and author of The Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies: Myth of the Modern Woman in response to Loy’s writing and Fallible Space. Featuring 

Tickets £3/2

Sun 31 Jan 11am - 6pm Finale ("the curtain falls, the curtain falls")

Gordon's work is deinstalled by the Bluecoat team, Melissa Gordon and Rita Pulga, the mime who installed the panels and canvases as a live performance on the opening night. 

Free, drop in

Click here to view images

All images courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Photo credit: Jason Wyche

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