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Chapter Arts Centre: Tim Davies: 50th Year to Heaven - 26 Nov 2010 to 16 Jan 2011

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26 Nov 2010 to 16 Jan 2011

Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
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CF5 1QE
Cardiff
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Tim Davies, 50th Year to Heaven (detail), 2010.
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Artists in this exhibition: Tim Davies



Tim Davies: 50th Year to Heaven

Friday 26 November 2010 — Sunday 16 January 2010

The seemingly simple beauty of Tim Davies’ work conceals complex and unexpected connections with politics, class and social issues. His concepts, span time and place, conflict and power, and often focus on hidden historical details that question notions of colonialism and nationalism.

Davies’ exhibition at Chapter features new and existing works and includes a re-presentation of his acclaimed piece ‘Cadet’ (2005-2010). In ‘Cadet’, we see a young soldier standing solemnly at a Remembrance Day service in Cardiff, stationed by a monument to remember the fallen. The simple poignancy of this moment is pitched against a second projection in which the camera frantically
circles the monument just as the service comes to an end. In doing so, the artist — camera in hand — documents his own futile and exhausting action. We witness confusing and chaotic moving images that overwhelm the senses, building in intensity and emotional resonance. The presentation is minimal, the narrative more complex and evocative; the work tugs, not at sentimentality, but at rational consciousness, and the need to ask why.

Davies has also produced an installation and bookwork to accompany this exhibition. ‘50th Year to Heaven’ documents the artist’s year-long contemplation of the use of photojournalistic images of the figure, as a witness to local and global events within the print media. The work attempts to seek out patterns amongst the ordinary and extraordinary — where the trivial is positioned next to the brutal; the usual alongside the unusual — within the framework of 365 days.

Brief biography :
Tim Davies lives and works in Swansea, having studied in London, Norwich and Canterbury.
Selected exhibitions include: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia and Mostyn, Llandudno (2010); The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland (2009); V22, London (2008); Aberystywth Arts Centre (2006); CAC, Vilnius (2005). His work is represented in the Arts Council Collection at Hayward Gallery, London; the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Contemporary Arts Society.

Tim Davies will represent Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale of Art 2011.


For more information about the exhibition, press images or to arrange an interview with the artist please contact Hannah Firth or Lauren Jury on 029 2031 1050 or email visual.arts@chapter.org

Gallery opening times:
During December the gallery will be open 7 days a week:
Monday — Saturday 10am — 8pm; Sunday 2-8pm
The gallery will be closed 25, 26 & 31 December and 1 & 2 January
50th Year To Heaven has received generous financial support from the Colwinston Charitable Trust



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