Darren Henley CEO of the Arts Council visited the West Midlands last week to see the MotionHouse performance of Broken at the MAC. Prior to the show he got a sneak preview of the TPWM show in the upstairs gallery.
He also gave a speech about the value of the cultural and creative work in the west Midlands from the mic next to one of the large scale TPWM artworks – Patience is a virtuality. Outside on the MAC building anotherPatience is a virtuality piece by Jessica Thornton at billboard size could be seen.
Elsewhere, the groundfloor gallery was converted into an array of colour with CMYK by Claire Buckerfield from Wolverhampton Uni.
Many visitors came across oddly set chairs.
Tina Mirsharfi presented her insightful piece on identity with 7 photographs hung on a piece of wood. The images enable the viewer to reflect on identity and and Authenticity.
One corner of the show is dominated by a mushroom cloud of hair created by Eleisha Gordon from Birmingham City University.
Next to the scuplture is her 2nd Afro Politics video piece also focussed on hair and ‘Blackness’ which uses a split screen approach and a soundtrack that accompanies visitors as the spend time reflecting on the work.
While in the Gallery I got talking to an assistant who has witnessed some great shows since the MAC gallery opened 6 years ago after the building refurbishment. As we chatted a young man set up his camera and tripod in the gallery entrance. Kevin enquired whether he was a professional?
To which the young man replied – “well this is my work.” pointing to the large colourful firey photograph that encourages you into the space. This was Luke Pickering’s Anthropoicene – a photograph made up of over a 100 photographs with lots of detail that rewards repeated viewing.
Go see the shows at : Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Friday 12 February to Sunday 15 May 2016
mac birmingham – Saturday 13 February to Sunday 10 April 2016
Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry – Friday 26 February to Sunday 24 April 2016
Wolverhampton Art Gallery – Saturday 12 March to Saturday 15 May 2016