AboutArtSway is pleased to present Apeirophobia, an exhibition of new work by internationally acclaimed artists Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry. âApeirophobia' means a fear of the future - a phobia that compels sufferers to plan every element of their lives so that they know exactly what the future has in store for them.
Apeirophobia is one part of an international touring programme of new work commissioned in collaboration with VIVID and Danielle Arnaud - with the exhibition at ArtSway featuring works from each stage of the tour. These works explore Kihlberg & Henry's ongoing interest in the condition of the viewer in time and space. The new installation work commissioned for ArtSway, Apeirophobic Framework, explores the role of the viewer within the gallery space through installation and video. The video element of this new work adopts the format of ArtSway's front-of-house interpretation video, with the normal artist interview being replaced by a scripted and staged conversation between Kihlberg & Henry and ArtSway's Curator. The video will be filmed within a purpose-built film-set installed in ArtSway's main gallery. This film-set is both a structure for the display of artwork and a platform for its own documentation.
Other works in the exhibition include Inbindable Volume, a three-channel video work, commissioned by VIVID and filmed at Birmingham's soon to be demolished Brutalist central library; Abandon in Place, commissioned by Danielle Arnaud, is a sculptural object cast in concrete and meteorite, suggestive both of Birmingham's Central Library and the Apollo 1 launch site, and Acting Dead is the title of a series of portrait drawings of actors playing dead in popular feature films. These works suggest a dismantling of linear narratives, such as cinematic narrative or architectural narrative - themes that run throughout Kihlberg & Henry's work.
Apeirophobia is part of an international touring programme of new works by Kihlberg & Henry commissioned in collaboration with VIVID, Birmingham, Danielle Arnaud, London and ArtSway, with a further exhibition at Galleri BOX, Gothenburg. The tour is funded by Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation and Birmingham Cultural Partnership.
A new publication featuring works from the tour and texts by Emma Cocker and Brian Dillion, published by VIVID and designed by James Langdon will be launched at ArtSway on 11 June 2011.
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry: AFTERIMAGE
9 April - 26 June 2011, Aspex, Portsmouth
In 2009 Kihlberg & Henry were chosen as the winners of Aspex's Emergency 4 open submission competition. For more information on their exhibition and new commission for Aspex, please visit: www.aspex.org.uk
Kihlberg & Henry Biography
Karin Kihlberg (Sweden) and Reuben Henry (UK) have been collaborating since 2004. For the past two years they have worked as researchers in the Fine Art Department at the Jan van Eyck Academy. Their work has been screened at Tate Modern and they took part in the 100 Ideas Festival at Hayward Gallery in 2007. They have presented solo exhibitions at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Vivid in Birmingham and Danielle Arnaud in London. Their work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm and The Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. This autumn they will be resident artists at the Institute of Beyond at Wysing Art Centre. Kihlberg & Henry are represented by Danielle Arnaud.
ArtSway is a unique place in the UK's New Forest to see, discuss, make and engage with contemporary visual art of international standard. A purpose-built and architecturally significant gallery space hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and wide-ranging creative opportunities for all. ArtSway is regularly funded by Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council and New Forest District Council. www.artsway.org.uk.
Reception for the Artists and Gallery Talk: Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry in Conversation
Saturday 16 April 2011, 2pm - 5pm (gallery talk at 3pm)
Join artists Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry as they discuss their new commission for ArtSway - Apeirophobic Framework. FREE: All Welcome.
Friday 29 April 2011, 10am - 4pm
A portfolio day consisting of ten half-hour slots for artists from all backgrounds for critiques, portfolio reviews and career advice from ArtSway Director Mark Segal and Curator Peter Bonnell. COST: £5 per person. Booking Essential.
Publication Launch and Closing Event
Saturday 11 June 2011 at 3pm
Join us for the launch of a new publication by Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry, published by VIVID, designed by James Langdon and with texts by Emma Cocker and Brian Dillon, to be launched at ArtSway in May 2011. FREE: Booking Essential.
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