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Cell Project Space: Richard Bevan
'The difference between the name of something and what it does'
- 4 Nov 2011 to 6 Nov 2011

Current Exhibition

4 Nov 2011 to 6 Nov 2011
Open Fri.-Sun. 12-6pm or by appointment
Cell Project Space
258 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9DA
United Kingdom
T: + 44 (0) 20 72413600
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Richard Bevan
'The difference between the name of something and what it does'
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Richard Bevan
'The difference between the name of something and what it does'

Private View Thursday 3rd November 2011
Open for 1 weekend only
4th - 6th November 2011, 12 - 6pm

Reflecting on the tangible resonance of the approaches to film and video work that were developed and utilised by those associated with the ‘Expanded Cinema’ movement of the 60’s and 70’s, such as FilmAktion and others linked with the London Film-Makers’Co-Op, artist Richard Bevan has been invited by Neil Jefferies, the second member of CYcLE CLUB to create a new film work. Bevan and Jefferies both studied at Cardiff School of Art & Design and spent their initial graduate years within the city working together on a number of projects. Now both based in London, they have come together to respond to the CYcLORAMA programme.

Richard Bevan is an artist whose practice is grounded in the medium of 16mm film that was once treasured by the early Expanded Cinema artists but is now becoming increasingly obsolete. However, instead of nostalgia the work contains an awareness of the medium and offers the viewer the chance to see its continued vitality. His films are inherently site-specific and often record ephemeral moments within the site that the work is subsequently projected. These interventions and constructions manipulate and emphasise the light that is such an integral agent in the filming process. Shot on a 1960's Bolex wind-up camera and influenced by the equipments practical limitations, the finished films often last only a few minutes. They are then looped in order to give the details of the scene an opportunity to emerge gently, playing with the audiences’ sense of the familiar by screening a reinterpretation of the space they are in.

The artist has taken the opportunity to shoot during the month of August while Cell Project Space is closed and its gallery is cleared, repainted and repaired in anticipation for the next season of exhibitions. The empty white walled room is now as neutral as possible with the light that pours in through the large skylights becoming one of its most prominent features.

Richard Bevan graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art MA in 2008, he has had solo exhibitions at G39, Cardiff in 2009, R O O M, London in 2008 and exhibited as part of the punctuation programme at Limoncello Gallery in January this year. Group shows include Portmanteau, Halle 14, Leizpig The Last Days of the Empire, g39, Cardiff. In 2010 Bevan exhibited works at Liste Young Art Fair, Basel with Tanya Leighton (Berlin). Neil Jefferies is a member of CYcLE CLUB at Cell Project Space and is currently studying on the MFA curating course at Goldsmiths College, London. In late 2010 he was selected by the Contemporary Art Society to curate an exhibition from the permanent collection at the Southampton City Gallery to open in March 2012 as part of the organisation’s ‘Starting Point Initiative’.

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