Quiet Revolution is an international group exhibition of lo-tech sculptural works that questions the ways in which we interact with our surroundings. The artists create poetic spatial interventions made from the unnoticed materials found all around us. This is an international set of artists currently working who share a direct simplicity and a minimalist aesthetic. Each has a process-based practice, developing a highly nuanced and intimate relationship with the familiar ephemera they draw from their environment with a sense of disorientation, delight, and wonder. In an open-ended spirit of experimentation, the works invite the audience to be co-conspirators in re-shaping the present, exploring how we can transform and are transformed by our environment.
Artists include David Beattie (IRL), Margrét H. Blöndal (IS), Alice Channer (UK), Matt Calderwood (N. IRL), Hreinn Friöfinnsson (IS), Mitzi Pederson (US) and Joëlle Tuerlinckx (BE).
This exhibition marks the first of a series of three projects which will run annually until 2011. The aims of the Curatorial Open are to support UK-based curators in realising innovative contemporary art exhibitions and to introduce a new avenue of access into the Hayward Touring programme. This year, Chris Fite-Wassilak was chosen by a panel of curators from the Hayward Gallery, Milton Keynes Gallery and the Harris Museum, for his proposal Quiet Revolution. Fite-Wassilak is a writer, critic and curator. He is the former editor of Dublin-based collaborative comic This Way Up, and contributor to Frieze and Circa. His curatorial projects include Lighthouse, a caravan cinema parked in Truman Brewery in June 2007 as part of the House Projects exhibition series.
This exhibition toured to the following venues:
4 July - 30 August 2009
Milton Keynes Gallery
19 September - 14 November 2009
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
21 November 2009 - 10 January 2010
Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham
Matt Calderwood: Some Things Just Work (2004)
Shovel, broom, 160 x 100 x 15cm
Courtesy and © the artist
Alice Channer: Peach New Look (2008)
Knife pleats, silk, steel, 19 x 500cm
Image courtesy the artist and Approach Gallery © the artist