A Project by Sam Treadaway and Ricarda Vidal
Revolve: Meditate, Rotate, Muse, Twist, Turn Over In Mind
Revolve:R is a project in visual correspondence, curated by us - Sam Treadaway and Ricarda Vidal - in collaboration with a number of international artists, which culminates in the publishing of a limited edition bookwork. Revolve:R explores the possibilities of an exchange of ideas via a visual and tactile - rather than virtual and digital - form of communication. As site and source of collaborative experimentation for diverse artistic practises, Revolve:R is a vehicle for a new collective language, made physical in the shape of the Revolve:R bookwork.
How it works:
A group of artists were invited to take part in an exchange of pages, carrying any one or combination of the following: drawing, painting, print-making, photography, collage, or text. All artists initially received a copy of the same page, produced by us, to which they had four weeks in which to respond. When all responses had been received we viewed and discussed the work, noting shared concepts, themes and details that we found particularly interesting. We then produced a new page, our response, in reply to this collection of responses. This page was again sent to all artists. Each cycle of correspondence we call a Revolve. After six Revolves all pages are scanned, printed on 150gms paper and bound in a limited edition, bookwork. This we call a Revolve:R.
Why we need your support:
We are now at the stage where we have received all the pages and are ready to produce our book-work. And that is where we need your support! We want to produce a high-quality, hard-cover bookwork in a limited edition of 200 (plus artist prints) and in order to do this we need to raise approximately £6000 to cover the printing, binding and production expenses. A portion of this money will also be allocated for travel, postage and promotion costs, as we will endevour to promote the Revolve:R boowork, and the artists featured within, at exhibitions, and other suitable venues and events.
Revolve:R includes works by artists based in Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA;
Diana Ali, Todd Diciurcio, Patrick Galway, Verena Hägler, Alice Hendy, Antun Maračić, Leila Peacock, Domingo Martínez, Bernd Reichert, Matt Rowe, Emily Speed, Clare Thornton & Emma Cocker, Sam Treadaway, Linnea Vedder, Ricarda Vidal, and the mathematician Oscar Bandtlow.
Diana Ali is a visual artist, independent curator, lecturer and workshop leader. she has exhibited at the TINAG festival, London and Site Gallery, Sheffield and solo at the Airspace Gallery, Hanley. Internationally she has exhibited work as part of the Roaming Biennial in Tehran and the Other Asia’s exhibition ‘ReDo Pakistan’ in Karachi, Pakistan and at the Library Artspace in Melbourne, Australia.
Her medium involves drawing, installation and text work. She is interested in correspondence, networking and connectivity in her practice and her research explores the use of correspondence for our fictitious characters to exist.
Her curatorial projects include directing 'Up & Coming’ at the CUC in Liverpool, an event showcasing 60 emerging national and international artists. She has also curated the 'Defamiliarization’ touring exhibition in London and Sheffield where her work explored artists’ responses from the local to the global. Her current work is an extension of this where she experiments with instructional methods and exchanges. She has curated 'Subversive Correspondence’ featuring fifty artists in London and Bristol and 'Dialogues: A Fake Romance?’ in Swansea with thirty artists.
Oscar Bandtlow is a lecturer in mathematics at Queen Mary, University of London. His research is concerned with chaotic dynamical systems, both from a pure and an applied perspective.
Emma Cocker is a writer, artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her recent work focuses on models of (art) practice and subjectivity, which resist or refuse the pressure of a single or stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Not Yet There attempts to recuperate a critical, even affirmative, potential within seemingly negative experiences or conditions such as failure, purposelessness, restlessness, uncertainty, boredom, hesitation, immobility and inconsistency.
Recent writing includes 'Over and Over, Again and Again’ in Failure, (2010); 'Performing Stillness’ in Stillness in a Mobile World (2011); 'The Restless Line, Drawing’ in Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art (2011); 'Distancing the If and Then’ in Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought (2011) and 'Towards an Emergent Knowledge of the Margins’ in Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation, (2012).
Her contribution to Revolve:R 'Tacturiency: game of resonance’ (2012) is part of an ongoing collaboration with Clare Thornton.
Todd DiCiurcio (b. 1972, Pennsylvania) is an American artist who lives and works in New York (NY), USA. His drawings and paintings are created within and respond to the corporeal context of the staged "live" performance and special event with acts such as Broken Social Scene, The Killers, Adam Green, Angus Stone, Guided By Voices, Kings Of Leon, Dinosaur Jr, New Order and on Broadway with Sweeney Todd & In The Heights. His sculptures address the exo-distortions inherent in the patterns of displacement and excess strewn across American Society. His work in film narrates dialogue from underground music & fashion concepts that punctuate the lesser known, yet important tapestry of the subculture & it's processes, directing with filmmaker Taylor Steele. In fashion, his collaborations span GAP's Product Red to Rag And Bone. DiCiurcio is represented by Westwood Gallery in SoHo, NYC.
Patrick Galway is an artist whose practice mostly involves painting.
Exhibtions over the last seven years have included 30 ARTISTS 30 DAYS, Studio1.1., London, 2012; Six-by-Four, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol, 2012; the touring 2010 Marmite Prize for Painting, The Nunnery, London, Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, and Central Art Gallery, Tameside; Tearfully, Grey Area, Brighton, 2009; The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London, 2008; and Redundancy, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2005.
Patrick has published work in Garageland 14 Film, Transition Editions, London, 2012; Garageland 13 Paint, Transition Editions, London, 2012; Arty 30 Cult of KK, Transition Editions, London, 2012; Marmite Prize for Painting, Susak Press, 2010, Arty 27 Magick, Transition Editions, London, 2010; and Arty 22 Romance, Transition Editions, London, 2007.
Verena Hägler is a photographer whose work focuses on perception by exploring the borderline between the natural and the artificial. Part of her work is concerned with still life: here she tries to challenge the spectators’ perception by contrasting very different or very similar single images by colour, subject and genre. Another part of her work deals with urban nature, weeds and hedges. Research strategies and knowledge from natural sciences and art theory and history are feeding into her work. Forms of presentation are well considered: frame, poster, billboard and artist book.
Verena holds an MA in comparative literature, a BA in photography from Zurich and is currently studying fine arts with Karin Kneffel at the Munich Academy of the Arts.
Recent exhibitions include:
intimate space. Youth Olympic Games 2012 (Project by Georgia Creimer), Innsbruck (A).
Weststrasse im Wandel, group exhibition, Galerie für Fotografie, Zurich (CH)
Alice Hendy is an award-winning photographer and teacher based in Bristol. She has a background in primary education and fine art. Alice has taught in Finland and the UK, specialising in literacy and art. She also organises art workshops for children at The Royal West of England Academy and runs Let's Make Art which offers art classes for children, with her partner in art, Karen Davies. As specialist photographer for The Royal West of England Academy magazine, 'art', she has photographed artists including; David Inshaw, Mila Furstova, Lord Bath, Kit Williams and Stanley Donwood. Alice's personal work is concerned with capturing stillness and collecting memories.
Recent Exhibitions include:
June 2012 - RGB Award Winner - Best Commercial Image
October 2012 - Photographer for Grassblades dance research project, Dartington Dance Space
Antun Maračić was born in Nova Gradiška, Croatia, in 1950. He took a degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb , 1976. From 1976 to 1979 he was an associate of the Master workshop of Ljubo Ivančić and Nikola Reiser. He has written extensively about art and has published his articles in the daily and periodical press. He has also written many prefaces for the exhibition catalogues of other artists and is author of several books and monographs.
He was director of the Zvonimir Gallery, Zagreb from 1992 to 1997 and manager of the Extended Media Gallery (PM), Zagreb from 1998 to 2000. Since 2000, he has been director of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik .
A multimedia artist, he has put on more than 40 independent shows and taken part in a hundred or so collective exhibitions at home and abroad, including several of his own actions and performances. His works are held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Modern Gallery Zagreb, the History Museum, Zagreb, the Print Collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb and the Filip Trade, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Troubleyn collections. He lives in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
Domingo Martínez is a visual artist whose art practice is based on issues related to memory and identity construction. His artworks are developed from 'memory material’: family snapshots, everyday objects and home videos (many of them anonymous) which he manipulates in order to build up interdisciplinary works (paintings, photography, video or installation). That way, they are all integrated into an artistic discourse that draws questions about the current complexity of personal identity and the role of memory in our socio-cultural life.
He has obtained several grants and art awards such as Grant Francisco de Zurbarán (Government of Extremadura, Spain, 2008), Residency Grant at the “Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Artists” (Córdoba, Spain, 2007) or IV Artistic residency Terra de Sanxenxo (Pontevedra, Spain. 2006).
His artworks were shown in the solo exhibitions Hipmnema visual (Málaga, Spain 2012), Visual archaeologies (Badajoz, Spain 2009) and Images of memory (University of Salamanca, Spain 2007), as well as in group exhibitions in the UK and Spain.
Domingo is currently completing his PhD at the College of Fine Arts of Valencia (Spain) with the thesis: The Artwork as Countermonument. Representation of Antiheroic Memory in Contemporary Art Practice, for which he researches the conceptual and aesthetic resonances in contemporary art dealing with the current cultural and political concern on memory.
Bernd Reichert studied in Berlin and Munich and is now living in Belgium. Having started out as a printmaker working with woodcuts, linocuts and silkscreen, he has moved his area of interest mostly to collages and artist books. Religion, sexuality, time, culture, and a Babylonian variety of different languages are recurring themes in his art. His collages contain a kind of strangeness, a disturbing element disquieting the spectator/reader who is confronted with a series of elements taken from everyday life which, being put next to one another, provoke an incoherent situation, a source of obscurity and vagueness.
Recent exhibitions include: Musée de l’Art Spontané, Brussels (B), 2009; None of the above, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis (USA), 2009; Gallery 89, London (UK), 2010; Regenerator II: Altered books project , CFPR, UWE, Bristol (UK), 2010; Collagista, ANU Art School, Canberra (AUS), 2011; Write Now: Artists & Letterforms, Cultural Center, Chicago (USA), 2011; ASWARA Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2012; Gallery ORT, Birmingham (UK), 2012
Matt Rowe’s object-based practice is focused on vernacular symbols, language and folklore.He often combines various disciplines, ceramics, model making and textiles to produce sculptural costumes, props and artifacts that play with notions of regional and local identity. He uses his costumes and props as a means to create unexpected structures in the landscape that echo with associations of storybook narratives and ancient legends. Continually photographing his structures, he is developing a portfolio of landscape images that blur the real and the imaginary.
Recent shows include: 59.14 N 3.34 W, Orkney; Artist In Residence Folkestone Triennial 2011; Vernacular Folk, Folkestone Triennial Fringe; The Carnival of Death, Senate House London, 2011; EXTRA, Exhibition Les Space Carre, Lille, France; Art Projects Video Booth, The London Art Fair 2011
Matt Rowe also runs the B&B Project Space In Folkestone and Club Shepway. Club Shepway recently published 'Vernacular Folk’ featuring new works and texts responding to themes of folklore and the uncanny.
Emily Speed is an artist based at The Royal Standard in Liverpool. Working in performance, installation, sculpture, drawing and artists’ books, she explores the temporary and the transient through reference to architecture and the body. She is currently working on new sculpture and performances for an exhibition with Hayley Newman at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and the Northern Art Prize exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery, both in 2013.
Recent exhibition include:
Subjective Involvement in Physical Spatial Entities, Oredaria Gallery, Rome
Human Castle, for Edinburgh Art Festival
Architectural wall work, for the new Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool
Camp Out, at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis (2012)
Topophobia, touring from Danielle Arnaud (London), to the Bluecoat, (Liverpool) and Spacex (Exeter)
MAKE SHIFT, a solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Clare Thornton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Bristol. Drawing on performance, craft & fine art methods to produce objects, mixed media installations, printed matter & live events. Her works are often creative responses to archival materials, public/private collections and sites of social/historical interest. The themes contained within her current research and practice coalesce around drapery and the fold encompassing materiality, time, memory, layering and tact. She works with a broad range of materials, including her body, to test out her thinking around repetition, tension and transformation.
Recent projects include:
'Performing Documents' (AHRC/Arnolfini/University of Bristol), co-produced the live work GROUP SHOW - an imagined exhibition responding to the Arnolfini exhibitions archive with her group Performance Re-enactment Society and guest dance artist Laura Dannequin
'In Praise of Shadows', a new site-specific sculpture commissioned for Maggs Beneath the Covers, responding to the building and rare manuscripts held at antiquarian booksellers Maggs Bros Ltd
Her contribution to Revolve:R 'Tacturiency: game of resonance’ (2012) is part of an ongoing collaboration with Emma Cocker.
Sam Treadaway is a multimedia artist whose practice includes sculpture, book-arts and installation - some of which includes the application of scent. Often with reference to the urban built environment, making use of existing frictions between aesthetic form and utilitarian function, the artist edits and re-aligns found objects, structures and systems, through which new meaning is made possible. The interplay between the arts, as with other fields of research, often informs this process. For a number of years Sam worked from a studio at the Spacex gallery and is currently based in Bristol, UK. A strong believer in the act of collaboration, in recent years he has worked with the playwright Polly Stenham, the actress Sophia Myles, and Ricarda Vidal, with whom he co-curates and organises Revolve:R.
Recent exhibitions and work include:
Emergency, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Visual Aids : POSTCARDS from the edge, 526 West 26th street, New York
(') Tertulia at B.R.O, Response to the bookwork “REALITY” by Jaroslaw Kozlowski, coincidiing with 'Artists' Books from the Arnolfini Archive', Bristol
Six-by-Four, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
Presence, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
Transience and Transformation, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
THE PAPER COOPERATIVE, Spacex Gallery, Exeter
Linnea Vedder is an artist living and working in New York City. She uses multiple media, including sand, rocks, plants, cloth, spray-paint, feathers and oil paint, to create sculptures and paintings. Her works express a sense of contained joy, both the joy of experiencing texture with the fingertips (as encountered in her rich, gestural surfaces) and the joy of imagining the spaciousness of the landscape inside of the human body -like looking out a window at the ocean. Linnea is a founding member, lead vocalist, drummer and composer of the band Lights. Lights toured with both Bill Callahan and Bright Black Morning Light and released three albums on the Drag City record label. Her solo show at Spare Room Projects in Brooklyn opened in November 2012. Other recent shows include; Any Form May be Transformed into Another Form at Lefferts Manor in Brooklyn, New Works at Allergy Gallery in Vancouver and It's Not Easy at Exit Art in New York.
Ricarda Vidal is a lecturer, curator and translator. She has published on urban space, the legacy of Modernism and Romanticism, speed, the car and driving as cultural phenomena as well as society’s fascination with death and murder. Currently she’s co-editing a book on Death and, on a more cheerful note, a book on Alternative Worlds. Her first monograph, Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms will be published in February 2013.
She is founding director of the international short film competition and archive Betting on Shorts and, from 2008 to September 2011, co-led the GHost Project. Recent curatorial work includes The Carnival of Death at Senate House, University of London, and shows with the GHost Project at the London Art Fair and the Folkestone Triennial Fringe 2011. At the moment she’s developing an exhibition and research project on translation in literature and the fine arts. She occasionally also produces creative work herself.