Hey, I'm Mister Poetic 

13. Apr - 1. Jun 14 / ended Wysing Arts Centre

Free

Open daily, 12-5pm. We will be closed over the following dates for Easter: 18 & 21 April, and 5 May.

Exhibition | Multi-disciplinary |


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Edwin Burdis, Chaka Baggins (A Professional Plumber), 2014

Edwin Burdis, Chaka Baggins (A Professional Plumber), 2014


Hey, I’m Mr Poetic features the work of over twenty artists who have worked at Wysing in different ways over the last 25 years

13 April - 1 June
Launch: 12 April, 6-8pm

Open daily, 12-5pm. We will be closed over the following dates for Easter: 18 & 21 April, and 5 May.

Hey, I'm Mr Poetic
“Hey, I'm Mr. Poetic,
A worker in aesthetics,
I work to make the mundane mysterious,
I work to make the unimportant serious”

These lyrics are by the artist-band The Poetics (Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler), found in an old notebook Oursler kept of their work together. Oursler has said that Kelley’s use of pop-culture, the every day, kitsch, found materials, objects, and subcultures were used by him to subvert the hierarchy of the “high” art culture of Modernism.

As a centre for artistic enquiry, Wysing Arts Centre has worked with countless artists over a twenty-five year period, all of whom create work in all shapes, forms, materials and mediums, addressing multifarious ideas and subject matter that seems infinite.

Across this time, although the freedom of vision that being an artist enables has remained consistent, the idea of what role an artist takes, what they do, how they live, what they make, and how this relates to the world around us is constantly evolving.

Hey, I’m Mr Poetic features the work of over twenty artists who have worked at Wysing in different ways over the last 25 years, in the gallery and around the grounds outdoors, including: Aaron Angell, Ed Atkins, Jonathan Baldock, Edwin Burdis, Jordan Baseman, Nicolas Deshayes, Michael Dean, Jess Flood-Paddock, Emma Hart, Andy Holden, David Kefford, Kate Owens, Juneau Projects, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Laure Prouvost, Florian Roithmayr, Giles Round, Soheila Sokhanvari, Jamie Shovlin, Ash Summers, Caroline Wendling, Ben Wilson and Jesse Wine.

The exhibition is a playful take on what artists do, what they make and what histories and stories are told institutionally and artistically, via art works; where objects, images and experiences rethought, reordered and recreated, to make the ordinary extraordinary, or the mundane revelatory.

Hey, I’m Mr Poetic aims to address Wysing’s own role as a place for artists to make and experiment; from its initial incarnation as an ad hoc community founded and funded by the artists themselves, to the structured centre of studios and programmes organised to meet the needs of artists working today.
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