'Angle Shades' // Jacob Cartwright9. Jun - 1. Aug 14 / ends tomorrow Bureau
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'Angle Shades' // Jacob Cartwright
Jacob Cartwright’s solo exhibition, 'Angle Shades', at 3 Hardman Square, features a trilogy of films and new paintings that explore our relationship to the natural world, juxtaposed with a wry humour and framed by the cinematic.
The exhibition takes its title from Cartwright’s latest film, which premieres here. A combination of documentary and reverie, 'Angle Shades' (2014) is a montage of video snapshots filmed over the course of an English summer. Intimate and close-up observations of wildlife are presented as an open-ended meditation on time and our curious interaction with nature. Wonder and beauty, life and death, are explored through the act of looking and touching. A soundtrack made up of snatches of conversation and real-time comments underpin the visuals with humour, a sense of innocence and inquisitiveness.
Cartwright’s second film 'No Passage Landward' (2014) begins at dusk. A lone fisherman wanders into frame, climbs clumsily onto a rock and casts a line. In so doing, he unwittingly takes on the lead role in this short film. No Passage Landward documents a man fishing from the rocky coastline of Anglesey, but also, in an overt reference to the romantic idea of transfiguration depicted in the paintings of Casper David Friedrich, it reflects upon a solitary figure facing the sea, seeking the sublime in contemplation of nature.
The third film in the trilogy, 'Kaskaskia' (2013) is a documentary concoction; the eponymous subject being a settlement on the banks of the Mississippi, a remnant of a once thriving French colonial community. The film plays with the familiar trope of American gothic and adds a preposterous voiceover to create a strange and brooding hybrid short, with a nod to French New Wave cinema.
The new paintings included in the exhibition take subjects captured through a lens or from a screen (during Cartwright’s process of film-making), and render then anew in ink and watercolour, improvising on the themes of nature and the absurd that are familiar in his work. "The field has eyes, the woods have ears. I want to see, be still and listen" (- After Anonymous, Low Countries, 1546)
Jacob Cartwright (b. Nottingham, 1969) graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, and previously studied at Academie St Joost, Breda, The Netherlands, and Winchester School of Art. He lives and works in Manchester, and is represented by Bureau.
Cartwright is currently exhibiting in the group exhibition In Conversation at Touchstones Rochdale. Previous selected exhibitions include: The Manchester Contemporary, art fair with Bureau, Manchester (2013, 2009); Industry and Idleness, Contemporary Art Society, London (2010-11); Stinkhorn, his acclaimed solo exhibition with Bureau (2009); and prestigious exhibitions such as Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London (2008); Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, and touring UK (2007-08); Birdwatching, De Vishal, Haarlem, Netherlands; and John Moores 22, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Cartwright also has a collaborative practice with artist Nick Jordan, with whom he has exhibited widely and screened a number of award winning films. In 2013 they were awarded a commission and residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Recent collaborative film screenings and exhibitions include: Doug Adams Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, USA; From the Mountains to the Sea, Ansel Adams Film Weekend, National Maritime Museum, London; London Short Film Festival, Riverside Studios, London; Washington DC Independent Film Festival; Long Island International Film Festival, New York; Heartland Alliance for Human Rights, Illinois States Museum; Ghost Town, Saison Video Festival, Lille, France (2013); River's Edge International Film Festival 2012, USA (Winner: Best in Fest); Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol; Zaragoza Environmental Film Festival, Spain; Louisville International Film Festival, Kentucky; Kansas International Film Festival; The Big Muddy Film Festival, Illinois (Winner: Best Film); Document Art, Pitesti City, Romania; 55th BFI London Film Festival, London; The Animal Gaze Returned, School of Fine Art, London Metropolitan University; Ciclón, The Audubon Trilogy, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France (2011); Cairo: The Breaking Up of the Ice, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2010); and Alchemy, 12-month Artist-in-Residence, Manchester Museum (2008).
3 Hardman Square is owned by Credit Suisse Asset Management (EuroReal Fund), advised by Müller International. Designed by Foster and Partners, with a recently refurbished ground floor designed by AEW Architects, it is one of Manchester’s prime city centre properties located at the heart of the acclaimed Spinningfields business district. Bureau is pleased to be working with CBRE and Müller International at 3 Hardman Square in an innovative arts and business partnership to support Art in Manchester. // www.credit-suisse.com // www.muller-london.com // www.cbre.co.uk
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