Exhibitions

Zineb Sedir: SAPHIR

Screening and conversation.
Saturday 29 March, 6pm.
Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate.

Zineb Sedira’s twin-screen installation Saphir (2006), was filmed in the city of Algiers – its sharp, azure light illuminating parallel stories of migration and historical legacy that are embodied in the presence of the Safir hotel, a faded architectural landmark from French colonial times. In this special presentation at the Walpole Hotel in Margate, another place where fluctuating maritime light is a constant feature, and whose recent history has also been informed by patterns of migration and architectural change, Sedira will show Saphir, and a new work, Guiding Light (2014), inspired by J.M.W. Turner.

After the screening, she will be in conversation with the critic, Lucy Reynolds. This event is a collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella and Crate, and takes place as part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, 25 Frames. To join a walking party to The Walpole Hotel for Sedira’s screening, meet outside Turner Contemporary at 5pm to be taken on the short walk along the coastal cliffs. The hotel is a 15/20 minute walk from the town centre or a five minute cab ride.

The Walpole Bay Hotel. Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. CT9 2JJ

For further information contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk

Micheal Crowe: RAYZON DETRA (ON ROMANCE)

Preview 15 November, 2013. 18.00 - 21.00
Open 16 November 2013 - 12 January 2014, Friday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm 

CRATE is pleased to present Razyon Detra (on romance), an exhibition of new work by Michael Crowe across Crate's project spaces and outdoor sites in Margate.

Romance can be reasonably thought of as unfashionable, twee, clichéd, anti-erotic and unrealistic in today's irony soaked world. Rayzon Detra offers a wealth of alternatives intended to breathe wild-eyed new life into this droopy genre, via texts, video, animation, survey, land art, publications and sculpture. Michael Jackson, distant planets, seeds, delicious litter, lies, unwanted sports gifts, Timmy Mallet and French New Wave all distort and melt in this contemporary swoon.

About the artist:

Michael is a writer and an artist. His large scale project, “Mysterious Letters” involves writing handwritten letters to everyone in the world (including you and everyone you’ll ever meet) with Lenka Clayton. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at FRAC, Paris; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Simultanhalle, Germany. He has given talks at various venues including the BFI and the New Museum, NY and his work has been featured in Time magazine, BBC, the New Yorker, the Smithsonian and Frieze.

For more information contact curator Sacha Waldron sacha@cratespace.co.uk

Small, Unusual & Specialist Museums Survey

August 23 - October 11, 2013

Benedict Drew - The Concha Institute : 4 - 11 Oct

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CRATE hosted the Davis Lisboa Mini Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona. The last show was The Concha Institute by Benedict Drew which ran until 11 Oct. > Bill Burns, Hou Hanru Hear Us > Betts Robinson, Magical Crystal Garden > Andy Warhol, Shirt/Television > Bridgette Ashton, Margate Subterranea > Clawson & Ward, Overdubbed Scenes > Benedict Drew, The Concha Institute

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The Small, Unusual and Specialist Museums Survey engages with small, unusual and specialist museums across Europe, and hosted seven miniature exhibitions at CRATE over Aug/Sep/Oct 2013: Open Fri - Sun 12.00 - 6:00pm and by appointment contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk for further information

Clawson & Ward - Over Dubbed Scenes Sept 2013

Created in response to the Davis Museum’s format of display, Overdubbed Scenes hints at the malleable nature of museum collections. This malleability refers to the continuous re-contextualisation of an exhibit or archive. During this translation, the archive’s content is susceptible to a range of influences including; public opinion, capital and changes to the political landscape. Applying the methods used to re-animate and promote a collection, Anna Clawson and Nicole Ward directly refer to low-fi products produced solely for disposable merchandising. Incorporating the crop editing tool, the artists use a single snapshot* to provide the backdrop to Overdubbed Scenes. * Scene captured by the artists in front of the Soviet commissioned Ninth Fort Memorial to the Holocaust, Kaunas, Lithuania 2013. www.clawsonandward.co.uk

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Bridgette Ashton- Margate Subterranea SEPT 2013

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FRIDAY SEP 20 – THURSDAY SEP 26 2013 A new exhibition and walk by South-West based artist, Bridgette Ashton. The project is a new commission and a continuation of Ashton's series of Margate works originally launched at Turner Contemporary in 2011. Margate Subterranea looks specifically at three underground ‘attractions’ in Margate: The Vortigern Caves, the Clifton Baths Estate and the Shell Grotto. Ashton’s work looks at places and narratives, sometimes real and at other times invented. The pieces presented at CRATE survey ideas surrounding redundant or overlooked sites, objects and archives. They celebrate the paradox of the replica as visitor attraction and the nostalgia that surrounds it.

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Don Celender Surveyed Part 2 - Jun - Aug 2013

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Part 2 21 June - 11 August 2013 Surveyed Part 2 was the second part of the first European solo exhibition of the American conceptual artist Don Celender (1931 – 2005). Celender was a master of asking questions, his work takes the form of mass mailed out questions and surveys to specific groups of people or professions (chefs, prison guards, museum directors, daytime TV actors, for example) asking them what they think about life, work, art and often, ultimately, death. The responses were then collected together and displayed as, what Celender called, 'Conceptual Documentation'. Although several of Celender's survey works were bound into books and circulated worldwide, the majority remain unpublished and have never been seen outside of the artists New York gallery, O.K. Harris. Surveyed Part 2 was a rare opportunity to see a selection of these unpublished projects including Critics Choice, Ignored and Neglected Artists Survey Part 2, Aesthetic Experiences, Art Dealers Selection of Artists Survey, Art Movements and Portraiture Study. The exhibition was a collaboration between CRATE. and Arnolfini, Bristol. Contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk

EXPLORATORIUM: Lisa Milroy - Party Of One June 2013

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Party of One was an experimental painting consisting of a group of painted hand-sewn dresses hung on wooden stands, clustered in front of a painted backdrop. The dresses are perfunctorily made, painted with the same pattern as the backdrop: however the fabric of each dress is different, reading as slightly different images. Next to the grouping are the same type of dresses but with buttons on the shoulder - a dress, a painting, that can be worn. When a performer dons this dress, she is invited to step inside the painting and wander in and out of the arrangement. The composition of dresses grows animated. The performer completes her circuit and leaves the painted zone, which returns to stillness. Party of One at CRATE was the first exhibition of Lisa Milroy’s new performance paintings and continues to explore the possibilities of ‘still life’ painting, the formation of self, identity, work, the relation between contemplation and action and the participatory nature of painting.

EVENT SHOW / THE WAY THINGS GO / A WAY OF DOING THINGS

Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco, No Fixed Abode, Neal White

Sunday 3 June 3 - 6pm

CRATE presents the last event in the project spaces as part of the Exhibition as Medium programme. You are invited to join us for a series of interconnected events on Sunday 3 June starting at 3pm. Artists Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco, No Fixed Abode and Neal White present events devised over the last few months via a forecasting technique used during the Cold War called The Delphi Method. These events form the culmination of an anonymous collaborative discussion between the artists, with the curator acting as facilitator through the entire process. The process of using The Delphi Method has allowed the artists involved to incrementally refine their ideas for Event Show, with the suggestion of five separate actions as part of one larger event. They have FORMED A COMMITTEE and issue a summons to attend a WAKE between 3 - 6pm during which time there will be RITUALISED REFRESHMENTS, DIAGRAMMATIC ACTION, PERPETUAL REMEMBERANCE and the UNVEILING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE.

Event Show / The Way Things Go / A Way Of Doing Things is a project that concentrates on collaborative working processes, focusing on research and discussion as major factors in the art-making process, rather than making and showing. It attempts to unravel working and thinking and push these often hidden processes public. Event Show began with a screening of Fischli and Weiss' The Way Things Go. This had lead to A Way of Doing Things, where notions of the natural evolution of ideas and things have become secondary to pragmatism and a sense of wanting to get things done.

The Way Things Go still exists - it was the beginning of A Way of Doing Things - a reference point for discussion and thinking, which has moved on to form something else. We can refer back to The Way Things Were and point towards The Way Things Will Be, choosing to shift philosophical position within the time-frame of Event Show

Fischli & Weiss - THE WAY THINGS GO

Introduced by Jeremy Millar
6 April 2012, 7:30pm

As part of Event Show, Fischli & Weiss' The Way Things Go will be screened at CRATE, with an introduction by Jeremy Millar, CRATE studio artist and author of The Way Things Go, published by Afterall Books.

Event Show / The Way Things Go / A Way Of Doing Things is the final exhibition as part of the Exhibition as Medium programme. It is a project that concentrates on collaborative working processes, focusing on research and discussion as major factors in the art-making process, rather than making and showing. It attempts to unravel working and thinking and push these often hidden processes public. 

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