AboutArtSway presents Based on a True Story, an exhibition featuring artists whose work explores the varying levels of reality and fiction that shapes and informs our collective experiences and shared histories.
A common definition of the term âBased on a True Story' is a cinematic one a catchall subtitle that precedes the opening credits of, for example, a biographical film. It is a title that, although referring to âactual events', subtly suggests that these so-called âbased on' events are being manipulated purely for enhanced dramatic effect. Similarly, in political circles and the media (particularly newspapers), an equivalent term to âBased on a True Story' is the modern day concept and usage of âspin' the perceived massaging of information and facts for political advantage.
The artists selected for Based on a True Story all, in essence, re-analyze commonplace events, ideas and encounters as experienced through everyday political and media influence. Often venturing into areas of underlying unease at the random acts of violence, faith, and love that characterize our everyday experiences random acts that are often hidden away as 'background noise' in life, at the edges of our perceptions the artists featured in Based on a True Story present works that re-interpret and re-contextualize our collective understanding of, and relationship to, the world around us.
Emily Allchurch's light box photographs are inspired by the works of old masters, such as the Italian etcher Piranesi. Allchurch uses an original work as a guide, photographing elements of cities such as London, then collages the photographs into a facsimile of her source image, usually with a contemporary twist. Ronnie Close uses film and photographic works to explore the formation of historical narratives, focusing on the 1981 Irish Republican Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland. Close's work examines the complex relationship between myth versus historical truth and one's reading of political events. The films of Andrew Cross focus on the specific nature of an âevent' as defined by âlive' or recorded musical performance. Cross is interested in the experience of these events and how they are mediated through memory and the manner of their recording. Michelle Deignan's films are concerned with the complexities of the mediation of our experiences, culture and politics. Her works examine the representation of facts and fictions, drawing on a wide range of interests such political ideologies and autobiography.
Sarah Dobai engages a tradition of realism concerned with contemporary lived reality through her exploration of the social, physical and psychic relations between subjects and spaces. Staging scenarios rather than portraits, Dobai teases out a web of links between an event, developed in dialogue with a site, and the actions or inaction of figures located therein. Rachel Goodyear's drawings present captured moments where characters exist in the absence of social etiquette. All of her works share a common language delivering ambiguous tales of fears and desires through an imagined world between awake and dream. Visually, the collages of Jock Mooney are inspired by a combined obsession for Japanese prints, 1960s underground comics and the Italian Gialli genre of filmmaking. His wreath-like collages are inspired by the world around us, inspirations we notice, perhaps, only fleetingly. In the work of Kirk Palmer the contemplative nature of the artist's gaze teases out nuances in subject matter, lending the work a poetic quality. Palmer is intrigued by what lies on the threshold of our awareness that which we intuit or experience momentarily. His photographs and films often explore the notion that traces of the past, whether actual, merely imagined, or remembered, somehow remain manifest in the present.
Exhibition Associated Events:
Preview, Director's Welcome and Book Launch
Saturday 3 July 2010, 2pm - 5pm
ArtSway Director Mark Segal will give an official welcome at 3pm, followed by the launch of a publication featuring works by all the artists included in Based on a True Story. FREE: All Welcome.
Free Coach from London for Based on a True Story Preview
Saturday 3 July 2010
A free coach from London will leave from opposite Tate Britain, Millbank at 10:30am for the opening of the exhibition. The coach will return to London for 7pm.
COST: £5 per person to reserve a seat which will be refunded on the day. Please contact the gallery for payment options.
Friday 16 July 2010, 10am - 4pm
A portfolio day with ten half-hour slots for artists from all backgrounds for critiques, portfolio reviews and career advice from ArtSway Curator Peter Bonnell and ArtSway Associate Artist, Dinu Li. COST: £5 per person. Booking Essential.
Gallery Event: âINTERVENTION, projected' by Tim Simmons
Thursday 22 July Saturday 24 July 2010, dusk 11pm each evening
ArtSway is pleased to present a presentation of Tim Simmons' âINTERVENTION, projected', a companion event alongside Based on a True Story. A large screen will be situated in ArtSway's courtyard, onto which Simmons will project examples of his many photographic works. FREE: All Welcome.
Gallery Talk: Tim Simmons: âINTERVENTION, projected'
Friday 23 July 2010 at 7pm
Photographer Tim Simmons will give a talk on his work, and his installation âINTERVENTION, projected', situated in ArtSway's courtyard.
FREE: Booking Essential.
Art in Context: Curator's Talk: Based on a True Story
Wednesday 11 August 2010 at 7pm
Join ArtSway curator Peter Bonnell for a special tour of the exhibition Based on a True Story. Following the tour there will be a lecture focusing on the work and ideas that inspired the exhibition. FREE: Booking Essential.
Special Screening Event and Gallery Talk: Andrew Cross
Saturday 28 August 2010. Talk begins at 7pm. Screening: dusk 11pm
As part of Based on a True Story, Andrew Cross will give a talk, at ArtSway, about his work and ideas. Following his lecture, there will be a special screening of Andrew's new film The Solo (2010) in ArtSway's courtyard, from dusk to 11pm. The Solo is a film made in collaboration with Carl Palmer, the drummer from 70s rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer. FREE: Booking Essential.
To book a place on any of the above events please contact Jack Lewis on 01590 682260 (ext.6) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org