Dates: Monday 28 September - Saturday 10 October 2009
Public opening hours (work in progress): Monday 28 September - Thursday 8 October: daily between 5.30-7pm
Exhibition open: Friday 9 October 4-10pm and Saturday 10 October 10am-4pm
Venue: 42 New Briggate, Leeds. LS1 6NU.
ESA commissioned artists to celebrate Leeds/Dortmund twinning anniversary. This participatory installation and group exhibition form part of ESA contribution to Light Night.
This new commission by ESA will be presented at 42 New Briggate where, over two weeks, the artists will reconstruct a church and invite its congregation to participate in this former shop unit. The space will become a 'shopel' (chapel+shop) where consumers will be able to buy 'religious' objects made by the artists from recycled materials while surrounded by an ambient sound environment. The installation will be at once playful and critical, creating awareness of the changes within society's social and ethical values and the switch from 'collective' to 'competitive thinking'. Audiences and passers by will be invited to observe the construction process, take part in the daily shopping sessions and see the final exhibition including extended opening on Light Night.
Gudrun Kattke's &quot;never complete collection&quot; is a living art of trash, dada and fluxus which become mixed up in her often interactiv &quot;flowfloor productions&quot; with most ambiguous objects, paintings und assemblages. Her preferred materials are pieces of plastic and all kinds of finds, fixed and arranged with hot glue. Silvia Liebig's practice is based on observing particularities, changes and discrepancies in seemingly normal everyday situations or surroundings. She usually works with simple everyday materials and found objects and creates playful and experimental environments and multi-layered installations. According to her it is important &quot;to create a discontinuity between form and content when the viewer first thinks 'how harmless, how nice' but after a closer look may discover a lot of other feelings.&quot; Both Kattke and Liebig live and work in Germany where they are both members of the Dortmunder Gruppe artist collective. For more information about the artists' work please visit: www.kattke.de / www.kalinkacoast.de