A survey of recently founded artist-run art academies and education programmes, with contributions from: The Silent University, The School of Global Art, The External Program, MASS Alexandria, SOMA and Islington Mill Art Academy.
Review: Maurice Carlin, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Maurice Carlin’s current exhibition First…Next…Then…Finally… at Castlefield Gallery celebrates the ‘corruption’, the collapse and the fusion of boundaries – the boundaries between the visual and the sculptural, the digital and the material, the random and the mystical.
Commissioned by Castlefield Gallery to coincide with Maurice Carlin: First… Next… Then… Finally… 8 Feb – 17 Feb 2013
Shreds of an old poster on a wall. Discarded pages left behind at the copy shop. The imprint of a knee on a soft surface. The texture of asphalt on the high street. The transient, flickering images on a television screen. Things not meant to last. Things that have almost disappeared. Things not meant to be noticed in the first place. Things pretty much forgotten. These are among the traces to which Maurice Carlin draws our attention, like ghostly deleted files on a hard drive that have been marked to be overwritten but are still accessible.
Developed over the last 18 months, the work shown at Carlin’s solo show at Castlefield Gallery was loosely constructed as a response to Umberto Eco’s 1985 definition of ‘crisis’: a ‘moment of transition in which something that held before doesn’t hold any longer and there is not yet something new’. The Manchester-based artist’s practice addresses the wobbly bits of a society that doesn’t know what to do with the failure of institutions or how to deal with it.
Islington Mill Art Academy, Salford, UK is a free self-organised art school set up in 2007 by a group of art foundation students, dissatisfied with the quality of university fine art courses open to them