Xerox @ The Societe, Brussels, 2016

Group-exhibition including Xavier Antin (FR), Dieudonnee Cartier (FR), Hanne Darbooven (DE), Tiago Duarte ((UK), Nicolas Knight (USA), Carsten Nicolai (DE), Steven Pippin (UK) and others...
Curatorship by Société in collaboration with Gregory Lang.

Xavier Antin - Just in time

Diagonal Noise @ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2016

27 May 2016 — 17 July 2016

Tiago Duarte | Joke Van den Heuvel | Vijai Patchineelam | Posture Editions | Adrien Tirtiaux | Floris Vanhoof  

In collaboration with UK/Belgium-based artist Tiago Duarte, Castlefield Gallery is inviting Belgium-based artists Joke Van den Heuvel, Vijai Patchineelam, Adrien Tirtiaux and Floris Vanhoof to exhibit existing, new and site-specific work. Diagonal Noise will also include a reading area displaying publications by Posture Editions (Ghent, Belgium) and the exhibiting artists, alongside publications by artists and organisations based in and around Greater Manchester.

Diverse subjects and disciplines inform the practices of the exhibiting artists. Considering the effect technology has on the formal qualities of contemporary art, Duarte looks for recurrent patterns in the mechanics of production. Though these patterns may manifest inherent malfunctions or misappropriation of media, they form the basis for the continuation of erratic and repetitious exercises.

Like Duarte, Vanhoof investigates technology, particularly formats whose days may be numbered, experimenting with analogue technologies that used to be known as ‘high-tech’ alongside contemporary digital technology. Technology is not an end in itself, but a means for poetically exploring images, ideas and sound with works that often begin as live performances.

Sudden Shifts (2012) by Patchineelam was filmed in Jardim Canadá, Brazil, a small rural town which has seen radical industrialisation in the last decade. Static camera positions, montage and abrupt cuts continually reorganise durational still lifes of industrial objects and abandoned furniture, pressing at the boundary between narrative and non-narrative relations to image and site.

Van den Heuval is also interested in narratives produced by the barely perceptible, acknowledging that the meaning of images cannot be contained by language. Recordings of repetitive actions and monotonous characters in looping scenes blur the observer’s focus, inducing a kind of blindness towards the object – a blindness that makes seeing possible again.

Tirtiaux deals with the specific characteristics of exhibition and public spaces, creating architectural interventions or large-scale sculpture informed by a careful examination of the given context in which he acts and works, drawing on the strategies of 70s conceptual art and the direct pictorial language of comic art.

Diagonal Noise will coincide with the EU referendum and as Thursday 23 June approaches the UK public are being asked to consider their relationship with the European Union in the context of politicised maybes. This could be an interesting coincidence, but this exhibition leans more towards causality than chance. In places the works in Diagonal Noise are intrusive, forcing or slipping their way into one another, presenting states of dis-encounter, contingent proposals below the watermark of comprehension, of what might have been or might yet be.

Exhibiton View

Exhibiton View

Idem Idem Aspas Aspas

 IDEM IDEM ASPAS ASPAS, Exhibition view, Photography   Fabio Salvo   Tiago Duarte  Para ’Idem Idem Aspas Aspas’, Tiago Duarte apresenta uma nova série de Monótipos sobre papel, realizada entre 2012 e 2014, que assenta nos formatos mais habituais da sua prática, assim como uma  intervençao in situ que sublinha um diálogo em que o artista estabelece tangentes nas relações entre público, arte e espaço...   Publicado a 10 de Setembro de 2014

IDEM IDEM ASPAS ASPAS, Exhibition view, Photography  Fabio Salvo

Tiago Duarte

Para ’Idem Idem Aspas Aspas’, Tiago Duarte apresenta uma nova série de Monótipos sobre papel, realizada entre 2012 e 2014, que assenta nos formatos mais habituais da sua prática, assim como uma  intervençao in situ que sublinha um diálogo em que o artista estabelece tangentes nas relações entre público, arte e espaço...

Publicado a 10 de Setembro de 2014

Exhibition view, Photography  Fabio Salvo

Exhibition view, Photography  Fabio Salvo

Some Recent Examples @ Lever Street, Manchester, 2013


 The works on show display repetition, layering and infer growth over time, with a mixture of seemingly mechanical and natural forms. Six artists; Nina ChuaTiago DuarteNicola EllisMary GriffithsJo McGonigal and Maeve Rendle have come together as a collective due to commonalities in their practice and shared interests, as well as each of them holding an M.A from Manchester School of Art.

We spoke to Jo Mcgonigal and Tiago Duarte, who recounted how the collective had previously shown together with six other artists at a gallery called Plataforma Revólver in Lisbon, and have since honed their interests and aims. They had been looking for somewhere to use as a base in Manchester, when Nina Chua and Tiago noticed Unit 5 lying empty, and negotiated with the owner of the building to use it for a month – empty shop fronts aren’t a good look for landlords, and these spaces can make excellent exhibition venues.Jo explained how the collective have deliberately given as little information as possible about the exhibition – no explanatory wall vinyls here! – so that visitors can experience the work in a straightforward, physical way. We were struck by the mysterious surfaces and textures; with Nicola Ellis’s crystalline sculpture Cuada contrasting with the smooth darkness of Jo’s Carbon Drawings.

Many of the works in this exhibition use recognisable art materials in unusual ways, with Mary Griffiths’ deeply layered graphite drawings that look almost holographic, Nina Chua’s psychedelic line drawings on absorbent paper and Tiago’s Monotype (2013), whereby layers of varnish are mechanically applied over one another, creating a patina without a picture. It’s impossible not to wonder about the processes behind each of the works, as layers, lines and in one instance, sounds, are meticulously cultivated, leaving the viewer with traces and clues as to the process.

Some Recent Examples will be open to the public until the 21st of July between the hours of 11am and 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Written by Lauren Velvick / Photos by Elle Brotherhood



Exhibition view

Photo, Stephen Iles

Exhibition view

Photo, Stephen Iles

Cabedal @ Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012



Pavel Buchler, Nina Chua, Tiago Duarte, Nicola Ellis, Mary Griffiths, Shona Harrison, Ana Rosa Hopkins, Eileen o'Rourke, Richard Proffitt, Fiona Mckillop, Jo McGonigal, Ian Rawlinson and Nick Crowe, Maeve Rendle, Evangelia Spiliopoulou 


"We wonder at how meaning can be extracted from the brutal social and economic transformations of the last three centuries in relation to the art being produced today? At how we draw a line from what has had a direct influence on production (whatever its nature) and what has not?

The overheated pressure to produce, to be productive, is matched only by the overwhelming call to consume and both are coercively established as the defining feature of modern existence.

Although technological obsolescence is the conspicuous driving force of our current economy, artists continue to forge meaning from the availability of materials to work with. It seems that more than anything – meaning, for the artists, is extracted from the labouring activities of art itself. The doing as much as the making.

In Cabedal we encounter touch and manipulation, the savoir faire shoulder to shoulder with the motivation of intellectual nature and cerebral intention. These two notions are explored without confrontation. The expectancy for deliverance does not arrive solemnly from our attempt to comprehend but from our perceptive system as well. Without the “presumptuousness” of wanting something more from the art object than what it perceptively offers this exhibition is an invitation, an open door, an assumed “come and see”."

Exhibition view, Photograph Ian Rawlinson

Exhibition View

Photo, Ian Rawlinson

Meanwhile See This @ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2012


Nina Chua, Tiago Duarte, Nicola Ellis, Shona Harrison, Ana Rosa Hopkins


"The similarities between our practices are as significant as the characteristics that separate them. Inevitably one finds a certain ethos throughout the work related to common art making concerns: material, process and production are elements that link these practices but it is in the healthy articulation of the idiosyncrasies of each piece that the real substance for the art can be found.

Indeed what connects us and our work is the ease and complicity that each individual shares with the other, a lasting legacy from the academic experience, a sense of cooperation in the making, whilst the work itself is left open to its characteristics as a unit of artistic labour.”


Exhibition View

Photo, Stephen Iles

Exhibition View

Photo, Stephen Iles

WW Gallery @ The 54th Venice Biennale, 2011

WW Gallery participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale and this year, for the 54th Biennale, has invited artists to submit works on paper for a two week exhibition in the heart of Venice.

The Quaffers Pavilion, in Campo San Polo, will host the exhibition and act as an outpost of The British Pavilion, originally designed in 1887 as a tearoom. ‘Afternoon Tea’ is an antidote to the vastness of the Biennale proper, a chance to put your feet up. While restaurants and cafes are closed until the evening shift, WW Gallery invites visitors to unwind and partake in the great British tradition of afternoon tea. From 3 – 6pm daily, free tea and cake will be served along with a selection of contemporary works on paper.

The phrase ‘works on paper’, like ‘afternoon tea’, evokes a curious, slightly old school nostalgia. But even in this new media age, working on paper is relevant and still underpins the practice of most contemporary artists. The immediacy of marks on paper lends itself to the honest and direct outpouring of dreams, memories, fantasies and humour, offering an intimate exchange between artist and viewer. The works in this exhibition are free from a common theme and instead simply reflect the current spectrum of small-scale works on paper, where image and text are expressed in their most vivid and vital form.