2 December 2013
We have just had the opening of Becky Whitmore’s exhibition. You still have a whole month until the 29th of December to see the exhibition at Bocs.
Becky Whitmore graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) in 2006, completing a MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in 2012 . Between finishing her BA and starting her MA she lived and worked in Cardiff. Highlights for her include working in the Koda Press Studio in Grangetown where she was one of the formative members of New British Art. In 2009 the group was shortlisted to represent Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale. New British Art collective is now based near Carmarthen and Becky is still an active member of the group.
Although she works in a wide variety of materials bronze has always been at the heart of her practice, her particular interest lies in the social significance of this material and its contemporary context and relevance. Since finishing her MA she has helped organise and delivered a paper at METAFLUX; a 2-day symposium held in conjunction with the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.
Her works are very much of the imagination; mixing timelines, the natural and artificial, using both traditional and modern materials. The work brings anachronistic sources and materials together to make work that is firmly rooted in the language of sculpture.
For this exhibition she is displaying a series of plaster reliefs. Through a process of casting from wax, plaster panels are drawn into and engraved. Using a system similar to Dadaist automatic drawing she depicts natural and artificial objects in a bodily landscape. Creating images that present the interior, both in terms of the body and the psyche.
Left to right: Venus and the bean, Spoon, Magnolia.
Left to right: Quintessence, Fulmination, The bell welder, part I.
Becky will be back in March 2014 for a workshop based on her artwork and an artist Q&A. Please keep an eye on Bocs’ updates either through here, mailouts, on Facebook, Twitter and/or other social media.
15 July 2013
We have an exciting opportunity for a new freelance position with Bocs.
We need someone to deal with the day to day activities of our arts centre and gallery - an Arts Centre Co-ordinator.
This is a stimulating chance to get stuck in and help us to shape the future of Bocs.
12 July 2013
The start of June began with a new ground floor exhibition titled Spatial Threads, it examined the physical, interpret and the philosophical void and ubiquity of the building. It explored the diverse contemporary and conceptual practice of two fibre artists from North Wales Alana Tyson and Bernadette Rippon, their practice is both contrasting and complementary to each other’s work.
“Rilke wrote: ‘These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.”- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Alana showcased her sensual sculptural fabric pieces in gallery 1, these manipulated materials formally stem from the repetition of simple motions or marks until complex surfaces are created. The pieces isolate a seductive sculptural language that seeks to rest between something 3-dimensional, yet is simultaneously flat almost painterly. Constructed of hand-sewn lining fabric, these artworks are reminiscent of coffin lining, chocolate boxes, and visceral entrails of the body. The pieces give import to that which is normally hidden away, both literally as in the above references and as a metaphor for the “soul”.
To view more of Alana’s work visit her website.
Bernadette’s work derives from studying the wool caught in fences – an image so common place in Wales it is embedded in the landscape. Every fence you pass will have organic matter lodged within a knot of man-made wire. If you look closely at these threads you will see a miniature installation in each bundle. Her sculptures enlarge the tiny arrangements within these parcels. Observing the structures, which are defined by light and shadow, these details form the basis for visceral experimentation. Her work instinctively following linear patterns as the blueprint for defining a larger installation. The work is an expansion of the microcosm - drawing with lines and blowing-up encased knots to sculpt magnified installations.
To view more of Bernadette’s installations visit her website.
To view more images from the exhibition follow the link
24 May 2013
This month at Bocs Celf is a collective mix of 4 recent graduates from Dublin. Ian Nolan and Helen O’Dea studied Fine Art (Painting) at the National College of Art & Design, while Loretto Cooney and Genieve Figgis graduated with an MA in Painting in 2012 at the National College of Art & Design.
The exhibition project correctly named ‘Next Chapter’ is a platform for recent BA and MA graduates to showcase their development and exploration in their practice since leaving the comfort and safety of University walls. Our guest curator for the exhibition is Sabina Mac Mahon. Her relationship with Bocs began when she was invited to take part in an exhibition of work by recent graduates from NCAD at Oriel Dafydd Hardy in 2008. Next Chapter is the first exhibition she has curated and she is delighted to be returning to Wales to help foster the burgeoning relationship between Bocs and graduates of the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
Here are some images from the exhibition + opening night…….
First image is Sabina, Helen, Ian, Maureen and Loretto stnding infront of Ian’s Interactive installation work. Below is one of Helen’s sculptures/assemblages, underneath is Helen, Morgan (Bocs Member) and Loretto in deep discussion with one of Loretto’s paintings behind on the wall. On the opening night Jen Williams graced us with beautiful Welsh folk music, behind her is another painting bY Loretto and another assemblage by Helen. Through the doorway Helen, Maureen and Ian are chatting while Gieneve’s Painting of ‘Lady with small dog’ hangs on the wall behind. The last two image is one of Ian’s works a monochrome weed which adorned the surrounding pavements around Bocs and one of the opening night.
2 April 2013
A exhibition of film and video installation
Join us this Thursday for the opening night of Dion Hamer’s solo exhibition, showcasing a mix of film and video installation of his current practice over the last three years.
Workshop with the Artist: 27th April 1pm -2pm
Join Dion on Saturday the 27th of April to create your very own flickbooks or zoetrope. (Aimed at children/teens 8 to 14 years old and FREE)
Artist Talk: 27th April 3pm
Join Dion in a informal Q&A session on Saturday afternoon on the last weekend of the exhibition. All welcome and FREE