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Chapter Arts Centre: Flashes >From the Archives of Oblivion. Curated by André Stitt - 17 Nov 2007 to 6 Jan 2008

Current Exhibition

17 Nov 2007 to 6 Jan 2008
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9am – 10.30pm
Preview: Friday 16 November 2007
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
United Kingdom

Stuart Brisley, Bathworks, Berlin, 1974.
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Artists in this exhibition: Stuart Brisley, Ian Hinchliffe, Alastair MacLennan, Tatsumi Orimoto.

Flashes >From the Archives of Oblivion: Stuart Brisley, Ian Hinchliffe, Alastair MacLennan and Tatsumi Orimoto.

Curated by André Stitt

Preview: Friday 16 November 2007
Exhibition: Saturday 17 November 2007 – Sunday 6 January 2008

Performances: Tatsumi Orimoto and Ian Hinchliffe, Friday 16 November, 6-9pm Alastair MacLennan and Stuart Brisley, Saturday 17 November, 12-8pm

‘Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion’ brings together four pioneers of the performance genre with established practices that date back to the 1960s. The exhibition will explore elements of each artist’s practice in relation to the discourse that surrounds the documentation of performance art.

Stuart Brisley has often been referred to as the ‘Godfather’ of British performance art. A gifted painter, he will be exhibiting a series of contemplative paintings that reflect his politically charged performance work and have, until now, been largely confined to his studio.

An extensive archive of photographs, drawings, self-designed posters, flyers and general ephemera constitutes Ian Hinchliffe’s ‘Estate’. A mass of work collected by the artist since the 1960s gives a grand overview of an ever-changing working-class cultural aesthetic firmly rooted in the radicalism of the British avant-garde and British music hall traditions.

Alastair MacLennan will present hundreds of original 35mm slides of performance work collected since the 1970s. The slides are exhibited on light boxes creating both a contemplative installation and a place for study.

Tatsumi Orimoto has produced Fluxus-inspired performance actions since the 1960s and is one of Japan’s most famous living performance artists. For the past decade he has documented lens-based actions made with his Alzheimer-afflicted mother and her friends in her tiny house in Kawasaki City.

Each of the artists will give a performance at Chapter during the opening weekend of the exhibition. For more information visit our website at

The exhibition has received generous financial support from The Henry Moore Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Arts Council of Wales.

Assembly: Art in the Bar
Pete Fowler - Sŵn Festival

Exhibition: Friday 9 November – Sunday 25 November 2007
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9am–10.30pm
Sŵn Festival: 9-11 November 2007

Initiated by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, Cardiff’s new Sŵn Festival (meaning noise in Welsh) will take place in venues across Cardiff in November and as part of the celebrations, Chapter will turn into a club for one weekend only. While bands and musicians take over other parts of Chapter, the bar wall will see an unprecedented transformation by artist and illustrator Pete Fowler.

Pete Fowler has developed a unique style of art, design and illustration which has won him the support of those in the know here in the UK, Japan and around the world. The weird and magical creatures from his world of Monsterism Island can be encountered as toy figures, sculptures, in drawings, paintings, animated videos and websites. Monsterism Island is a magical place where sentient mountains gaze down upon communities of uniquely fashioned creatures, whose adaptations set them apart from the people and animals we are familiar with. Yet the islanders maintain lifestyles we recognise, a kind of distorted modern civilisation, the details of which make their world a far stranger one than ours. An animated series based on Monsterism Island is in the early stages of production.

For Chapter, Fowler will create a unique new piece of work: a large-scale colourful painting directly onto the wall of Chapter’s bar. If you want to catch a glimpse of the artist working on his new piece, come to Chapter between Monday 5 and Thursday 8 November. During the Sŵn Festival weekend, you can also enjoy Fowler DJ-ing alongside his new work, please check the Sŵn website ( for details.

Born in Cardiff in 1969, Fowler’s range of activities includes toy design, magazine illustration work, record sleeve and promo design, ad campaigns and art exhibitions.

Recent exhibitions of his work include Exposure Halloween, London, UK, 2005; Outside Institute, London, UK, 2005; Milan group show, Italy, 2003; Venice group show, Italy, 2002; Exposure, London, UK, 2001; Artomatic, London, UK, 2001.

He has designed record sleeves for Super Furry Animals, Magic Numbers and has worked on ad campaigns including Levi's, Nintendo, Kia motors, Unabomber Skateboards, Paul Smith, Sony Playstation, Volvic Water, Sony Creative/Cube works Japan. He has also done various magazine Illustration work and book designs including GQ, Tokion, Building, Sky, Frank, The Face, Snoozer, Exposure, Bambi, Lodown, Mojo, NME and George Orwell's Animal Farm (Penguin edition), amongst many others.

For more information about Pete Fowler please visit

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