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Gathering: Material Ecologies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Julia Heslop, Dr Edward Wainwright


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Exploding Collage explores how avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century expanded the notion of collage into immersive, often ephemeral, formats. The exhibition comprises presentations by contemporary artists whose work examines, celebrates or reinstates such avant-garde figures, with an emphasis on those whose radical practice has led to their contribution being less well-recognised in canonical histories of the medium. Julia Heslop & Edward Wainwright present Gathering within the larger Exploding Collage exhbition - an architectural intervention which is designed to host the work of other artists, as in Kurt Schwitters’ Hannover Merz Bau, which combined a series of niches dedicated to his artistic heroes. Likewise, Gathering is comprised of an interconnected sequence of ‘grottoes’ assembled from found and given material, each of which will be dedicated to an artist whose work deserves to be reconsidered in relation to collage as an expanded, immersive or time-based practice. Through this work Heslop and Wainwright explore ideas of material ecology including the reclamation and reuse of materials, design flexibility and adaptability and what ‘degrowth’ means for art and architectural practice. Gathering hosts a programme of interventions which will unfold throughout the course of the exhibition. Every fortnight, an invited artist or researcher will dedicate another ‘grotto’ to the work of an avant-garde figure who they consider to have expanded collage towards new potential forms, with an emphasis on those whose radical practice has led to their contribution being less recognised in canonical histories of the medium.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Heslop J, Wainwright E

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Number of Pieces: 1

Venue: Hatton Gallery

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Media of Output: Architectural installation