- Piotr Janas & Daniel Bell
- Signal/Transmission Exchange
- Falls Burns Malone Fiddles
- Peter Donaldson, Kalin Lindena, Tobias Putrih
- He Has Been Empty For a Long Time, No-one Can Remember Who Ever Lived There
25 November - 20 December 2003
- blank view original
Piotr Janas’ large scale paintings have a gothic sensibility which negotiates a line drawn somewhere between abstraction and figuration. Drips and pours are juxtaposed with graphic, almost cartoon-like elements. Orchestrated in a limited palette in which red and black predominate, the paintings have a visceral quality and an immediacy of impact. It is tempting to draw allusions to the human body and its messy mechanics; blood, guts and spleen. However the combined impact of the almost over-determined elements within Janas’ work seems more inclined to address this visceral temptation on the part of the viewer towards a pictorial resolution than to provide the viewer with too many ready made narrative or representational clues.
Piotr Janas lives in Warsaw. He has previously shown at the 50th Venice Bienalle (2003), Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielska-Biala and Galeria Promocyjna, Warsaw.
Daniel Bell’s drawings and sculptures present a hybrid, Frankenstein world in which children and animals merge and medical apparatus is crafted out of empty fizzy drinks bottles. Cursory representations of body parts, linked with pipes or bound together with cling film, are like props for a low budget horror movie. Bell elevates their status through his skilful manipulation of materials; plastic bags and tin foil become fleshy or fluid as he exploits the ease with which his viewer’s imagination may be led. Bell’s works on paper likewise exploit our latent sentimental streak. Podgy faced children or lean adolescents clutch at featureless doppelgangers as if they are grotesque unsettling comforters.
Daniel Bell lives in Shropshire. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2003.
Transmission would like to thank the Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw.
26 April - 17 May 2003
- blank view original
Lorna Macintyre, Petter petterson, Johan Svensson and Magnus Thierfelder
Signal is a non commercial art space based in Malmo, Sweden. Signal was founded in 1998 to provide a space for experience and discuss young contemporary art, at a time when that kind of space was missing in Malmo. Since then new activities and initiatives have been developing in the city contributing, amongst other things, to a more active art community. Besides organising exhibitions with both Swedish and international artists, Signal also organises lectures, discussions, concerts and screenings. The gallery aims to promote the young art scene in Malmo and to function as a resource for visiting curators and writers. Signal is run by six people; four artists and two theoricians.
Falls Burns Malone Fiddles
25 March - 12 April 2003
Transmission presents a new video work by Glasgow-based artist, Duncan Campbell. For Falls Burns Malone Fiddles Duncan Campbell has used material gathered from two community photographic archives in Belfast. The result is faltering documentary on the subject of the youth of west Belfast, where the the rhetoric of youth, liberation politics and the formal problems of documentary perplex and torment the narrator.
Peter Donaldson, Kalin Lindena, Tobias Putrih
10 February - 08 March 2003
Peter Donaldson "The Fall of Babylon"
After predicting the imminent end of the world, one man, equipped only with demon proof armour, will make a stand. Even the Gods are afraid.
Peter Donaldson creates visionary images utilizing mysticism and cardboard and for Transmission will be showing his new film "The Fall of Babylon". Donaldson studied at Edinburgh College of Art and currently lives and works in Japan. His work will be shown at the forthcoming international arts festival, Design Festa, Tokyo.
In her large wall-pieces, photographs and sculptures, Lindena looks for a way to transport her personal feelings and memories. Much of her previous work has been closely related to songs and song titles; Lindena sees the idea of a cover song, as a continuing metaphor for the process she deploys, using borrowed fragments of imagery and text in patchwork-like manner. Kalin Lindena was born in Hannover and lives and works in Berlin.
Recent exhibitions include Painting on the Roof, Musuem Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany (2003), Expecting Rain, Meyer-Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe (2002), Wir Nennen Einen Berg Nach Dir, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (2002), Hossa. Arte Aleman del 2000, Centro Cultural Andtrax, Mallorca (2002), 4th Time Around, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Studiogalerie, Germany (2002).
In an on-going series of unfinished projects entitled "Science Fiction", Tobias Putrich uses a range of transitory or fragile materials to construct miniature settings for imaginary films. His elegant objects comprise a witty mixture of architectural, low-fi and fantastic elements. Putrich was born in Kranj, Slovenia. Having studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf he now lives and works in Ljubljana.
Putrich's work has feautered in recent international exhibitions including Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002), Twinklings, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovene way, Galeria Neon, Bologna as well as solo exhibitions in Liste 02 with Marjetica Potre, Basel (2002) and Dragset & Elmgreen Project, SLO Fine Art, Moderna Galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (2002).
He Has Been Empty For a Long Time, No-one Can Remember Who Ever Lived There
28 January - 01 February 2003
Much of Charlie Hammond's work has come about as the result of projects in which he explored the relationship between artist and viewer, as played out in a restricted or enclosed space. The atmosphere he intends to create at the outset is not always clear; he sees each space as "reacting" differently to his intentions, some fuelling narrative responses and others emphasising a more functional reality. "I am interested in the idea of traps - both visual and physical. For Transmission, my intention is to create an almost self-supporting structure, disturbing the existing basement space".
28 January - 01 February 2003
Drawing inspiration from Venetian tiled flooring, the space surrounding shapes and the importance of placement, Lynn Hynd's work relates as much to disintegration and fragmentation as it does to construction and realisation. A spacial dialogue of "escape" from the surface is sometimes made explicit in the pictorial aspect of landscape, or otherwise manifested in the conflict between defunct objects and an occasional glamour of finish. The visual tensions between black and white, reflective and matt surfaces, linear and solid forms suggest a quality of ornamentation, as does the salient aspect of mirroring and repetition, a decorative element which fractures the moves and surface.
Lynn Hynd graduated from The Glasgow School of Art, Painting and Drawing department in 2001. Recent shows include Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow and Maschenmode, Berlin. She lives and works in Glasgow.