Art in the 21st Century – SECRETS

21 Mar 2015

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09:00 – 17:00

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Something Human is delighted to present a series of free screenings from Art in the Twenty-First Century’s 2014 programme of films that examine the work and experiences of internationally known visual artists.


This programme offers the screening of each film alongside a free corresponding participatory activity, aimed at engaging a range of local audiences including from age 13+ arts enthusiasts to the general public, with the issues raised by the films intertwining international and local perspectives on the relations between art and community.

Saturday 21st March, 1.30-4.30pm

How do artists make the invisible visible? What hidden elements persist in their work? Is it the artist's role to reveal them, or not? In this episode, artists share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work. 

Featuring: Elliott Hundley, Arlene Shechet and Trevor Paglen
Elliott Hundley draws inspiration for his paintings from diverse sources, but especially from his Southern heritage, steeped in family history. With images anchored by thousands of pins to bulletin-board-like surfaces, his shallow reliefs form a palimpsest that teems with humble materials such as cut-up magazines, string, plastic, gold leaf, and other ephemera. He frequently recycles leftover scraps from one work to the next and uses images of completed paintings as substructures for new projects, creating continuity between old and new.

Fascinated by the way things are made, Arlene Shechet likens her studio to both farm and factory. Employing an experimental approach to ceramic sculpture, she tests the limits of gravity, colour, and texture by pushing against the boundary of classical techniques. By incorporating casts of firebricks and porcelain slip moulds into her sculptures (revealing the tools of industry), she reflects on and investigates the tradition of decorative arts.

Trained as a geographer and photographer, Trevor Paglen makes the invisible visible by documenting the American surveillance state of the 21st century. From his vantage points at various public locations he photographs distant military facilities, capturing extreme telephoto images of stealth drones. Exploring the ways in which the convergence of aesthetics, industrial design, and politics influence how we see and understand the world, Paglen gives voice to shifting ideas of the landscape, humankind’s place in the cosmos, and the surveillance state.

WORKSHOP: Inspired by the work of Elliot Hundley and led by art education professional, Esther Carolin. 
Introducing a range of participants from 13 years+ old to the collage technique, this workshop aims to explore the notions and processes of 'reveal' and 'conceal', and these meanings in relationships.

FREE ADMISSION but please do reserve your place.

Workshop bookings: 
020 8692 4446
Workshop: http://deptfordlounge.org.uk/featured-events/something-human-secrets-workshop
Screening: http://deptfordlounge.org.uk/featured-events/something-human-secrets

For more information: somethinghuman.info@gmail.com

ART21 next screening sessions:
INVESTIGATION - Monday 23rd March: 6.30pm | Talks by Deptford-based arts organisations.
FICTION - Saturday 28th March: 12.30pm | Workshop by Jacob Sam-La Rose

For more information visit http://something-human.org/2015/02/22/art-in-the-21st-century-art21-screenings-activities/

Presented by Something Human in partnership with Deptford Lounge and ART21 | With the additional support for workshops from The Co-operative Funeralcare



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