AboutPLUS is a large group exhibition and series of events produced by Kerry Ryan (Neon and Sign-makers), Declan McMullan (artist/independent producer) and Volume (London), with support from Central Station (online artists platform).
For 100 non stop hours, PLUS will occupy an empty warehouse in Southwark, transforming it into an exhibition and meeting space for the international and interconnected community of artists, their peers and the public during Frieze Art Fair, one of London's most celebrated arts events.
PLUS showcases the work of over 70 international artists including Douglas Gordon, Matt Collishaw, Sarah Lucas, Jason Pinder and Sam Hasler. It aims to capture the energy and generosity found in a collaborative and extended network of creatives working in London, Glasgow, Berlin and beyond and to provide an opportunity for people to experience contemporary art at a grassroots level, embracing the interdisciplinary practices of visual artists, DJ's, designers, musicians, performers, film-makers, fabricators, technicians and producers.
Headlining the launch event will be Glasgow four piece Isosceles. Using PLUS as a spectacular backdrop, Isosceles are working with members of Central Station to create a documentary focusing on contemporary art and music. A film that explores where art and music meet, giving us a chance to plunge into the evolving, sometimes chaotic spaces in between. With a camera following in their wake, Isosceles will taste the menu of events which make this time of year key to contemporary art practice in London, the UK and the world.
Also launching PLUS will be well known bands, The Mutlings and The Cyclones as well as DJ sets by Glasgow based artist Jim Lambie and London's Nudge Records.
PLUS opens on Friday October 16th at 5pm and will remain open until 9pm on Tuesday October 20th. The launch party will begin at 8pm until late. Visitors are welcome to stop by at any time of the day or night to view the exhibition, share a beer, chitchat or shoot some pool.
Artists: Aaron Russell, Alex Baker, Alain Miller, Alison Willoughby, Andy Holden, Angelo Carnielo, Annie Attridge, Anselm Kieffer, Catarina Albequerque, Christina Vantzou, Claire Moore, Damien Goode, Damien Hirst, Darren, Declan McMullan, Dave Fryer, Dave Collishaw, Dave Wood, Dean Whatmuff, Dingbot McClatchey, Dominic Alan
Douglas Gordon, Elizabeth Wright, Franko B, Gary Winship, Gavin Turk, Gillian Westgate, Giorgio Sadotti, Henrijs Preiss, Howard Dyke, Isabella Burley, Jason Davidge
Jason Pinder, Jim Woodall, Jimmy Dyer, Jon Glazier / James Fisher, John Tiney, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Graham, Kerry Ryan, Kim Fielding, Lamarane Watson, Laura Graham, Lohan Emmanuel, Luke Ottridge, Lyle Perkins, Marcus Mitchell, Maria Von Köhler, Mark Croxford, Mark Titchner, Matt Calderwood, Matt Collishaw, Mauro Bonacina, Melville Mitchell, Mike Andreae, Morag Myascough, Mustafa Hulusi, Nick Wapplington, Noah Sherwood, Peter Lamb, Phill Wilson Perkin, Richard Hubner, Rick Pushinsky, Ryan Gander, Sam Hasler, Sarah Cooper, Sarah Lucas, Soldier, Steve Green, Tanya Millard, Tim Bailey, Tim Phillips, Tom Cox Bisham, Tracey Emin, Warren McLauchlan, Pussy Willow, Playful Promises
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Notes For Editors
1. East End neon sign-maker Kerry Ryan has been working as a fabricator for London's contemporary art world for 25 years. His list of clients include Damien Hirst, Mustafa Hulusi, Mark Titchner and Matt Collishaw and he has been Tracey Emin's personal neon-maker for 5 years. Kerry ran Neon Gallery in Spitalfields from 2002-2006 and recently opened a new shop and gallery in Hackney. PLUS is the first in a new series of collaborative events and exhibitions.
2. Declan McMullan is an artist and independent curator based in London. As an artist, Declan has exhibited widely across Europe and has also curated numerous exhibitions in London. As a technician and fabricator, Declan works closely with artists and has worked with the majority of established museums and galleries in London.
3. Volume is an independent collective of curators and artists. The project space is based in New Cross, South East London (housed within the Old Police Station). Volume provides opportunities for artists/creatives to research and develop their work in the capital. We support both emerging and established practitioners, working across art forms and sectors. Volume prioritises the working process, dialogue and critical debate as an ongoing cycle. Through the residency programme, Volume provides access directly to the practitioner in the studio, facilitating engagement with their peers and the public. The events programme brings people together to socialise and experience contemporary art and culture in an informal setting.
Volume is Caroline Stevenson (London), Patricia Fleming (Glasgow), Simon Mitchell (London/Cardiff) and Claire Shallcross (London)
4. Central Station is an ambitious multiplatform project supported by Channel 4, Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council, which launched in September 2009. It is an exploration of how artists and filmmakers can use social networks; to promote themselves and distribute their work to new audiences; to connect with like-minded people for debate, support and collaboration; to access and share rarely seen materials and to support and create new work.