new exhibitions
NORTHERN GALLERY FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

At National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL
0191 515 5555

northerngalleryforcontemporaryart.co.uk
ngca@sunderland.ac.uk

10.00 - 17.00

10 min walk from St Peter's Metro 20 min walk from Sunderland Station


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Click to enlargeJOHN KIPPIN : ROMANITAS
May 19 - Jun 24, 2018
“...we're going to build an entirely new political movement...an economic nationalist movement...[with] a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan...We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as
exciting as the 1930s..." Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist to president-elect Trump, November 2016
 
In Romanitas, Kippin reflects upon both the state of contemporary politics, in relation to that what WH Auden called the “low, dishonest decade” of the 1930s. In Romanitas Kippin dwells on the image of the future built by a far-right nationalist regime that still exists, to picture the daily life lived amongst it. The work can be read as a kind of portrait of Europe in our time. Kippin’s starting point in creating the work was Winston Churchill’s famous phrase: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”.
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JOHN KIPPIN: BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Jun 29 - Sep 23, 2018
Based on a True Story surveys forty years of making art in public by John Kippin, a central figure in the emergence of photography as an independent art form in the UK from the 1970s and 1980s through to the present day. The exhibition, and the 344pp publication that accompany it, bringing together contributions from nine leading scholars and curators in the field, including the Director of The Photographers‘ Gallery, Brett Rogers. Each of the nine contributors has selected works from Kippin’s forty-year archive to provide
new insights into his way of seeing the world through a lens. Kippin’s photographic artwork has contributed to debates about the nature of post-industrial landscapes, national and regional identity, forgotten spaces, and the power of the state and commerce to reshape the world. Since the 1980s, Kippin has created billboards for public spaces that intervene in the social realm directly – countering the messages of advertising with counter-cultural propositions, and questions.
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KELLY RICHARDSON: PILLARS OF DAWN
Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2019
Artist Kelly Richardson has spent three years imagining a world at one remove from our own, working with digital imaging software to create a vision of the near future. In each of her works, we encounter millions of glistening crystals that have somehow encrusted every square inch of the planet’s surface. The artist pushes the limits of what our eyes can register, the mind can conceive of, and the most high-tech computers can calculate. Each crystal has been ‘sculpted’ in three dimensions, so that in each work, there is one crystal for every extant species on Earth. ‘Pillars of Dawn’ presents us with what seems to be the dusk of humanity ̶ the sixth great extinction ̶ where only the hardiest of trees seem to survive. These are akin to photographs outside of time: from either the Earth’s earliest days or humanity’s final hour, acting as documents of nuclear conflagration or environmental depredation.

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