AboutCastlefield Gallery is proud to present BORN AFTER 1924 an atypical solo show by German artist Ingo Gerken. Interpreting the contemporary legacy of the Merzbarn and Kurt Schwitters in the UK, Castlefield Gallery has invited Gerken to respond to Schwitters' Merz Magazine (issue 8/9) of 1924 called Nasci. The theme of the magazine, Nasci, meaning âbeing born' or âbecoming', was co-edited with Russian Constructivist artist El Lissitzky forging an alliance of Dadaist and Constructivist ideals and included reproductions and texts by Vladimir Tatlin, George Braque, Man Ray, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Mies van der Rohe among others.
Often referring to his work as âactivating' art-historical contexts, Gerken is interested in the porosity of imagined and real spaces, their construction, flexibility and weight. BORN AFTER 1924 will become a group show and a site-specific manifestation of Gerken's shifting and re-arranging of the contexts of Dada, Merz and the Nasci issue of 1924 itself. A re-edited and updated version of the historic avant-garde magazine will be published to accompany the resulting group show. The exhibition will become a physical manifestation of Gerken's collages that will include other invited artists, from the UK and Germany as âarticulations' or âpunctuations' of his own practice. The exhibition will transform the gallery and represent a condensation of Gerken's diverse and playful art practice drawing on some of sensibilities of Schwitters' work.
 Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn is located in a remote woodland in Cumbria and stands much as he left it in 1948. Unfinished after he died in early January 1948, the almost forgotten Merzbarn was neglected for many years until British pop artist Richard Hamilton arranged for the surviving Merzbarn wall art work to be removed for safe keeping to the University of Newcastle Hatton Gallery in 1965, where it is now on public view. The Merzbarn building itself still survives and contains evidence of Schwitters' original working methods and materials.
 Nasci is the Latin word for ânature', âbeing born' and âbecoming'.
 El Lissitzky (1890 1941) was a Russian Constructivist designer and artist.
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Ingo Gerken (born 1971) is based in Berlin. He studied at Muthesius-Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel/Germany and Glasgow School of Art. His work has been shown throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. Selected solo shows include those at Pianissimo, Milan; Gitte Weise Gallery, Berlin, Apex Pro Art, Göttingen, Germany; Artissima, Turin, Italy; Espace de Création Contemporaine, Saint Etienne, France, Trottoir, Hamburg; Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster, Germany; Barbara Holstein Gallery, Paris; Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has shown in group shows at MicaMoca Berlin; Main d´Oeuvre, Paris; Galeria Neon, Budapest; University of Greenwich, London; Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Tent, Centre for Visual Arts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; The New Society for Visual Arts (NGBK), Berlin; Kristiansand Kunstforening, Norway; Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany; mkg127, Toronto, Canada and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane. Gerken is represented by Pianissimo, Milan and Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney.
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MERZMAN: the legacy of Kurt Schwitters in the North West
BORN AFTER 1924 is part of a city wide programme of exhibitions, performance and public events which aim to document and celebrate the work and creative legacy of the WWII refugee artist* Kurt Schwitters. àÂ MERZMAN will also explore Kurt Schwitters' àÂ unique links with and ongoing creative legacy in Manchester and the NW.àÂ
MERZMAN willàÂ take place in venues across Greater Manchester from late February through to early May 2011 and will include exhibitions alongside a supporting programme of performing arts, seminars, schools, and cabaret events culminating in an international conference about Kurt Schwitters and his legacy in the North of England on Saturday 26th March at CUBE Gallery.àÂ
MERZMAN is funded by Arts Council England NW and coordinated by the Littoral Arts Trust. àÂ If you would like further information on the MERZMAN project.