From 7th June to 6th July Pippy Houldsworth Gallery will host Sculpture Fellow Ruth Claxton's first solo exhibition in London. Claxton will present a new installation, Specular Spectacular (Cheryl, Jo, Joanne, Elinor, Claire, Anna), made specifically for the gallery. Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery. Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself. Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
Ruth Claxton was awarded the 2012 Arts Foundation Sculpture Fellowship. She was commissioned to make a site-specific installation for the Guangzhou Triennial 2012, China, and has recently completed a permanent sculptural installation for the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, acquired by the Contemporary Art Society, London. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe; Spike Island, Bristol; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales; Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva; and Ingleby, Edinburgh. Other shows and projects include Undone, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Remake, Remodel, National Glass Centre, Sunderland; The Figurine Dialogue, Crystal Palace, Stockholm; Known Unknowns, Gallery Loop, Seoul; Daybreakers, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; and An Archaeology, Zabludowicz Collection, London. She has completed public art works for Situations (Wonders of Weston, Weston-super-Mare) and Meadow Arts (House of Beasts, Attingham Park).
Catch Varmints, a new childrens' show based on Helen Wards' book 'Varmints'. produced in conjunction with Sadlers Wells where Branson is a New Wave Associate. On at Brighton festival on the 21/22 May and touring the country after got to www.wilkiebranson.net for further dates.
Asif Kapadia, whose last project was about the infamous racing car driver Senna will next turn his attention to another life lived in a very different fast lane with a film about Amy Winehouse.
The Associated Press reported that Mr. Kapadia, whose film “Senna” won documentary prizes at the Bafta Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, will work with the producer James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Gift Shop”) to tell the story of Ms. Winehouse, the troubled soul singer who died at 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011.
Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees described the documentary in a joint statement as “an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can.”
The filmmakers described Ms. Winehouse in the statement as “a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sang from the heart and everyone fell under her spell.”
The Winehouse family said in a statement reported by The Associated Press that, having been approached about many film projects, they believed that Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees would “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her.”
The Shed is the National Theatre's new temporary venue on the South Bank. Its first show is Table, a new play by Tanya Ronder and directed by Rufus Norris. Table is an epic tale of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. The show tells the story of one family over 200 years, Table is a collaborative exploration of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. Six generations, nine performers, thirty parts and one very special piece of furniture. For more info and booking go to . http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/table
Anywhere near Chicago between 23rd May and end of October this year? If so check out AF Sculpture fellow Tomoaki Suzuki's new work at the Bluhm Family Terrace, Art Institute of Chicago. Go to www.artic.edu/exhibition/tomoaki-suzuki for more info....