Ruth Beale's work at Trade is concerned with the aesthetic and intellectual outputs of groups, specifically the intersection between political and social arrangements and how everyday culture is archived and historicised. The exhibition is the result of a year's research into various groups' activities.
Taking a speculative position, the exhibition draws together various seemingly unconnected threads: Palaeolithic art from Creswell Crags in North Nottinghamshire, one man's recollections of Nottingham’s music scene in the 70s and 80s; the socialist roots of the Clarion Cycling Club; and the raves, graphics and music produced by the Spiral Tribe collective in the early 90s.
Visual material, texts and interviews are presented across the gallery's four rooms in drawings, prints and videos that distill and highlight shared elements. A series of events, to be announced as the exhibition unfolds, will address the leap from individual motivation to group behaviour.
Major recent exhibitions include ‘Bookbed’, 2013, Peckham Platform (London), ‘Performing Keywords’, 2012, shown at Turner Contemporary (Margate) and Het Veem Theatre (Amsterdam), ‘The Voyage of Nonusch’, 2010, a film commission for Whitstable Biennale made whilst artist-in-residence at the BFI (in collaboration with Karen Mirza), and ‘Now from Now’, 2011, an installation and performance exhibited at Cell (London), Government Art Collection (London) and Basel Kunsthalle. Other exhibitions and performances include Whitechapel Gallery (London), ICA (London), Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh), Kusthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), Jerwood Space (London), LGP (Coventry), David Roberts Art Foundation (London) and Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridgeshire).
Ruth Beale is currently working on ‘The Alternative School of Economics’, a collaboration with artist Amy Feneck and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, ‘Performance as Publishing’, an artist-led project exploring the use of text in contemporary art.
She gained a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art in 2002, and an MFA from Goldsmiths in 2010.
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