AboutMalgras | Naudet is pleased to present FERUS, an exhibition of new drawings by Sophia Crilly.
In an era of visual assault and mass reproduction, the ease with which images proliferate, are edited and transformed, can be used as both a subject and tactic to question what art is and could be. Sophia Crilly's practice both colludes with and critiques this avenue of contemporary artistic enquiry, through the 'appropriation' and âreproduction' of found and archival imagery in her work, and the refashioning of images with historic currency as objects of art.
Her graphite-on-paper drawings are detailed, labour intensive recreations of thematically researched images, sourced from the Internet, reportage and personal photographs. Each drawing operates pictorially, both individually, and as part of a series, placing it within a broader, complex narrative and unfolding history.
Ferus is a body of work based on the seminal Ferus gallery (1957 - 1966), founded by curator Walter Hopps. Ferus and Hopps were pivotal to the development of the LA and West Coast contemporary art scene, defining an era referred to as âthe Cool School'. The drawings feature Hopps, Ed Kienholz and Irving Blum (Ferus gallery partners), alongside artists they exhibited and represented, such as Billy Al Bengston, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, and other related ephemera.
The Ferus works fit within a larger framework of Crilly's ongoing series Ausstellungsmacher, which looks at the history of exhibition making over the last century; key protagonists (curators, artists, critics, collectors, architects, and galleries) that have shaped and informed the display and presentation of art, and the spaces it inhabits.
Sophia Crilly (b. 1977) is based in Manchester and is Director/Curator of Bureau. She graduated with an MA in Visual Culture and BA in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art. Recent exhibitions include: Sixty Drawings, Bankley Gallery, Manchester; Tattooed Tear, Malgras Naudet, Manchester (curated by Andrew McDonald); International Drawing Project, PR1 Gallery, UCLAN; Salon Neu, Embassy, Edinburgh (2012); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, selected by Iwona Blazwick, Tim Marlow and Rachel Whiteread, at Jerwood Space, London; BayArt, Cardiff; Lanchester Gallery, Coventry; and Burton Gallery & Museum, Devon (2011-12). She has exhibited work internationally, including venues in Berlin, Helsinki, and New York, and has undertaken residencies in Helsinki and Rotterdam. Works are held in significant private collections. [http://sophiacrilly.com]
Malgras | Naudet is an artist led gallery that was established in April 2011 in Manchester, UK. As well as an annual Members' Group Show and Members' Application Show, which are integrated into the official programme, members can make use of the residency room and gallery between exhibitions. Open to all forms of practice, from exhibitions, development of work, discussions, events and beyond, Malgras | Naudet supports artists through the use of the space, assistance, and access to resources as needed. To find out more and become a member visit [http://malgrasnaudet.tumblr.com]
The production of new work for FERUS has been supported by Cornerhouse, Manchester, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.