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March 7, 2007

BAD BEUYS ENTERTAINMENT ‘SPECTRUM CITY WAS THE NAME'

Catalyst Arts Presents… BAD BEUYS ENTERTAINMENT ‘SPECTRUM CITY WAS THE
NAME’ Reception Thursday 15th March 2007 | 7-9 pm Exhibition continues to
7th April 2007 Gallery hours 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday Bad Beuys
Entertainment is- • A political party • A rock ‘n’ roll band • A
ham-fisted team • A company producing works of art • A zulu’s mob
French collective Bad Beuys Entertainment was founded in 1999, at
Cergy-Pontoise, in the Parisian suburbs. The artistic program of the group
can be seen through the multi-lingual play on words in their title. Joseph
Beuys was an influential 20th century German artist who had an original
artistic program that he coined ‘social sculpture’, that is, he considered
social conventions as material for creation, to model and transform by his
actions and statements. Bad Boys Entertainment is the name of the major
American rap label fronted by Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, whose worldwide
distribution is generated by subcultures. BBE is defined in the crossover
of these two antagonistic attitudes, a major company from the show-business
industry and an artist intent that social reform begins with cultural
production. This profiles the artistic program of the group, its
departure and its frame of reference: if its attitude is not revolutionary,
it is surely a critical one, targeting the spheres of mass cultural
production. Stemming from the ‘culture of suburbs’, the members of this
group produce objects and ‘repetitions’ extracted from urban life. These
works, with their basic and minimalist aspects, are feedbacks of
perceptions conceived as singular forms, for the audience to have a
physical, sensitive relation to them. Catalyst Arts | 2nd Floor | 5
College Court | Belfast | BT1 6BS t: 00 44 (0) 28 90 31 33 03 f: 00 44 (0)
28 90 31 27 37 e: info@catalystarts.org.uk w: www.cataystarts.org.uk
Supported by: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Awards for All The Foyle
Foundation

March 12, 2007

How do you take it ? Works on paper by Ute Kreyman, Julia Moore, Nicholas Morgan, Matthew Rowe and Amy Smyth 30 March - 29 April 2007

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 29 March – 6:30 to 8:30pm Thursday - Sunday 12noon - 6pm (except Easter Sunday) at Wiebke Morgan, 6 Cyprus Street, London E2 0NN (www.wiebkemorgan.com) In its Spring exhibition, Wiebke Morgan presents a show about the many different 'modes of address' an artwork can have to its audience, a show in which the works have a number of things in common, but in which the defining theme is what they do differently. The viewer is faced with the question "How does this artwork purport to be taken ?" and "(How) Is this different from the way the artist wants me (as a visitor to the exhibition) to take/interpret it ?" And "How should I 'take' the presentation of these various pieces of paper in the 'gallery' setting of a modest Edwardian parlour" ? The show includes new pieces by Ute Kreyman combining drawing, collage and mono print. Beautiful meditative works, they play with the idea of a cherishable keepsake of winter against contradictions in our fears of climate change. Kreyman graduated from Middlesex University and the University of East London and has exhibited in the UK, France and Germany. Julia Moore's work often shows an interest in 'ventriloquism'. In this show, she adopts and undermines the huff and puff of the public information poster with a piece that aspires to an authority forever out of its reach, warning of the dangers of an activity it puts all its apparent energy into making desirable (and sexualised). Moore is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Sir John Cass School of Art at London Metropolitan University. She has performed and shown work in Canada, Russia and the UK. In contrast to Moore's contribution, A my Smyth's piece seems to want only to murmur to the world. Two 'books' are modestly placed on the floor, as if seeking not to be noticed, or to be found by chance, deploying some of Smyth's recurring symbols in an encrypted visual narrative, a haunting monologue in series, a perhaps-joke that tails off before the punchline. Smyth is a graduate of Camberwell College of Arts, producing drawings, sculpture, photography and writing and exhibiting internationally. Matthew Rowe offers the viewer a set of regular hand-drawn black dots arranged in obviously ordered patterns against a white background. This simple schema, however, is charged with a multiplicity of potential meanings, each simultaneously advanced and withdrawn, while the piece itself remains triumphantly what it is, an investigation o f the idea of a mistake within an artwork. Rowe's art practice is situated within his wider work in the philosophy of art, for which he is in demand as a speaker at conferences around the world. We are also showing copies of Nicholas Morgan's 'The Daily News', a hand-drawn, handwritten newspaper, produced weekly in the gallery in an edition of one. Inevitably unfinished, the piece is an exercise in the poetics of the 'work in progress' and of communication as mediation. Morgan is a film-maker, artist and curator, whose film work has been shown at the National Film Theatre, ICA and Whitechapel Art Gallery as well as at festivals internationally. Julia Moore, Nicholas Morgan and Matthew Rowe are collaborators in a long-term project working closely with LMU, Wiebke Morgan, and other artists and curators, thus far including a performance at London's Guildhall and an art event/research project within LMU's exhibition spaces. For further information, contact us at +44(0)20 8983 0708 or by email: info@wiebkemorgan.com

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