Gently Used

Leeds Weirdo Club Annual 2014, May 6

6 May 2015

The Leeds Weirdo Club studio is launching a new publication titled Leeds Weirdo Club Annual 2014 at their Leeds location today, May 6.

As the working studio of artists Doug BowenMatthew Crawley, Harry Meadley (whom we previously reviewed here) and David Steans—was founded by the latter three in 2012, and engenders a collaboration amongst the four artists’ solo practices. 

Today, the three founders launch a new 200-plus-page publication, available for purchase at £20. The launch will feature special guest Gently Used, as well as free drinks.

See the event page for details. **

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Ryan McNamara @ Mary Boone Gallery, Jan 8 – Feb 28

7 January 2015

NYC’s Mary Boone Gallery is hosting the latest solo exhibition by artist Ryan McNamara, titled Gently Used and running at their Fifth Avenue location from January 8 to February 28.

The Piper Marshall-curated show exhibits some of McNamara’s new work, spanning from sculptural pieces and photography, video, dance and performance. Like always, the artist’s work deconstructs the notion of “live” art, exploring the space that exists between what is perceived as art and what is perceived as reality; his earlier “provocations”, like the incredible Sacred Band of Thebes AKA Any Fag Could Do That performed at Performa 09, X Initiative back in 2009 play with sexuality, both as performance and as simple existence.

And Gently Used takes the materiality of these performances both literally and figuratively, creating an exhibition out of the specialized materials used in the live choreographed pieces (costumes, props, archival images, promotional ephemera) by re-fashioning the them into collages that “extend from the wall, tumble over pedestals, emerge from the ceiling, and literally climb from their frames”. The effect becomes one of enacting the cyclical nature of art and performance: “Event generates material, material becomes art object, art object performs, only to be used as prop once again.”

See the exhibition page for details. **


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