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Chapter Arts Centre: Anthony Shapland: Suddenly After A Long Silence | David Graham White – In The Garden I Felt Safe - 8 Sept 2007 to 21 Oct 2007

Current Exhibition

8 Sept 2007 to 21 Oct 2007
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9am – 10.30pm
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
United Kingdom

Anthony Shapland
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Artists in this exhibition: Anthony Shapland, David Graham White

Anthony Shapland
Suddenly After A Long Silence

"It’s the briefest of pauses, with not time enough to even turn full circle and look at all the lights this city throws out to the sky, and it’s a pause which is easily broken. A slamming door, a car alarm, a thin drift of music from half a mile away, and already the city is moving on, already tomorrow is here." Jon McGregor, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002)

‘Suddenly After a Long Silence’ explores the moments of change and temporal shifts that occur between two defined states. Shapland’s exhibition will feature a series of documentary-style video works that not only observe the ‘real’ or the ‘actual’ but also reference notions of staging, scripting and artifice.

Shapland will create new works for Chapter, including False Dawn, a two-screen work that documents a film crew developing a lighting sequence. The viewer is held between the revelation of the practicalities involved in creating an illusionary and fictional world for the camera, and the desire to believe in the end result as the False Dawn is heralded by a caged canary that greets the ‘day’ with an optimistic song.

Earlier works in the exhibition include Nocturne ii (2005) which looks at the transition from night to day, and the point at which a night out blends into the start of a working day. Exploring how behaviour and the rules of engagement differ in the city at night, a CCTV camera set-up to film outside, observes the way that a doorway becomes a private space as night after night different groups of people – from Bunny Girls on a Hen Night to lone males peeing – use the same area to demonstrate a range of behaviour; a catalogue of repeated events re-enacted with different casts. The dialogue is scripted on an adjacent screen and serves to emphasise the small repetitive acts that flit between emotion and action.

A Sign (2006) was produced for exhibition in Moscow and has its debut in Wales at Chapter. Filmed from a static viewpoint, the coolly dispassionate eye of the camera observes a discarded Christmas tree that lies abandoned on the side of a road. The tree ignites into flame and eventually burns itself out in an achingly tragic exploration of the search for meaning in everyday life.

Throughout all of the works exhibited here we are held in a sort of twilight space, neither day nor night, fiction nor reality. It is here in this playful uncertainty that the work forces us to reconsider the everyday things we feel sure of.

Born in Pontypridd, Anthony Shapland is a Cardiff-based artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. He is also known for his curatorial work with g39, an artist-run organisation based in Cardiff of which he was a co-founder. ‘Suddenly After a Long Silence’ is Shapland’s first solo exhibition in the UK.

Previous group exhibitions include: ‘Host’, Consortium, Amsterdam (2006); ‘Something Of The Night’, Leeds City Gallery, Leeds (2005); ‘Over and Over, Again and Again’, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania (2005); ‘Unplumbed’ Keith Talent, London; ‘We are not here to give you pleasure’, Art & Essai, Rennes, ProtoAcademy, Edinburgh and Rraum02, Frankfurt. Recent commissions include: ‘Another New Babylon’, CBAT, Cardiff (2006); ‘Nightworkers’, Vitrine, Leeds City Centre (2005); ‘State of Preservation’, Baden-W?rttemberg, Germany (2004).

A new catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be launched in Chapter Gallery on Thursday 18 October, 6-8pm.
For this event, Anthony Shapland will discuss the work in the exhibition with Karen MacKinnon (Curator, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea). This event is FREE and all are welcome but please arrive promptly.

Assembly: Art in the Bar
David Graham White – In The Garden I Felt Safe

Saturday 22 September – Sunday 28 October 2007*

Tenby-based artist David Graham White is interested in how landscape is arranged and manipulated and yet how the impulses of nature forever desire to break free.

His photographs of predominantly Welsh gardens and landscapes from the series ‘In the Garden I Felt Safe’ are produced with television monitors that he uses to replace the photographic enlarger, resulting in beautiful images that at the same time have an eerie feel to them – one can sense that something else is lying underneath the visible image, something that cannot really be seen but that has left its traces in the photographs. White achieves this effect by taking images of park scenes and topiary in black and white. He then places the negative in front of a television screen and shoots another image of this picture with a digital camera. The colour in the final image results from the light source of the underlying television image.

This gives White’s photographs a ghost-like, unsettling quality. It suggests these beautiful formed ‘gardenscapes’ are not as innocent as they might seem and that something darker is lurking underneath, hiding in the bushes or the foliage. The topiary gardens create wonder and worry, fantasy and fear, a utopia of disquiet pleasure.

White comments on his own work that “the resulting images of television and topiary share an ability to exist within a paradox. Both provide comfort and act as a filter of culture, yet both contain menace and can serve as a conveyor of fear”.

David Graham White received a Diploma of Applied Photography from Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1992 and graduated with an MA in Design: Photography from Swansea School Art, University of Wales, Swansea last year.

Solo exhibitions include ‘Once in Tenby’, Tenby Museum & Gallery, Tenby, 2007; ‘In The Garden I Felt Safe’, Pikto Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2007. Group exhibitions include 'Free Range 2006', Truman Brewery, London, 2006; 'Ffotography', MA Graduate exhibition, Swansea Institute of Art, UK, 2006; ‘Precipitating the Falls’, Peter Greenaway collaboration, Swansea, 2005 and ‘Millfield Contemporary Art Exhibition’, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, 2005.

White divides his time between Tenby and Canada and teaches photography at the Sheridan Institute, Oakville, Canada for parts of the year.

About ‘Assembly: Art in the Bar’
In addition to the exhibitions programme in the main gallery, Chapter’s Visual Arts Department runs a busy programme of contemporary art called ‘Assembly: Art in the Bar’. Work is shown on and around the wall facing the bar in the café/bar area and exhibitions usually last between four to six weeks. Recent artists who have exhibited as part of Assembly include: Tessa Farmer (London), Lia Anna Hennig (London), Krisdy Shindler (Glasgow), Lee Campbell (London), Amy Feneck (Bristol), Will Duke (Glasgow), Andy Fung (Cardiff) and Paul Carter & Paul Gray (Edinburgh).

* Please note that the exhibition will not be on display between Thursday 17 and Sunday 22 October due to Chapter’s annual October Beer Festival taking place in the bar/café area.

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