This new exhibition brings together works that involve the artist's long-standing interest in Felix the Cat, the first known broadcast image. Central to the show will be FEELINTHECAT, a major new work commissioned by the Arts Council Collection to mark its 70th anniversary this year.
The exhibition will see a profusion of images of the iconic cartoon cat. In addition to the new commission it will feature a host of works including Inflatable Felix (2013) a giant blow-up version, and earlier works such as Flix (2008), a 16mm film of the cat's tail.
Alongside the main exhibition visitors will also be able to see Leckey’s seminal film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), which has been described as ‘perhaps the finest portrayal of British nightlife ever captured’, and here nods to Blackpool’s part in the Northern Soul music scene, which was especially active in North West in the 1960s and 70s.
Mark Leckey (b. Birkenhead, Wirral 1964) has exhibited extensively at numerous venues internationally. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008 for his work Industrial Light and Magic.
A further new commission of his work will be shown at the Liverpool Biennial 2016, and he will undertake a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA PS1 in New York later in the year.
Image: Mark Leckey, Inflatable Felix, 2014, Installation view MADRE, Naples
2/07/2016 — 13/08/2016
An Architecture of Joy
Event: 3 August. 5.30 - 7.30pm. 'The Legacy of Seaside Moderne' - Jenny Steele invites Fred Gray, Emeritus Professor and author of 'Designing the Seaside', Blackpool and Fylde Historian, Ted Lightbown, and Architectural Photographer Stephen Marland, to share their research related to Seaside Moderne architecture. Steele will also present research and artwork from her project, 'Looking Back|Moving Forwards'.
Presentations will be followed by a conversation and Q+A. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
An Architecture of Joy, an exhibition of new work by artist Jenny Steele, considers the legacy of inter-War ‘Seaside Moderne’ architecture, such as the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and Pleasure Beach Casino in Blackpool, built during the 1930s leisure boom in Britain. Turning the Grundy’s Rotunda Gallery into a stage-set of sorts, incorporating abstracted and repeated motifs drawn from the period, the artist revives the utopian optimism and restorative properties of seaside leisure.
During 2015, Jenny Steele researched into existing examples of Seaside Moderne architecture in the North West of England and Scotland by site visits, researching related documents and drawings in the RIBA and V&A archives, and conversations with local historians and inhabitants.
Image: Jenny Steele, 2016, Courtesy of the artist
2/07/2016 — 13/08/2016
From Here to Here: Part Two
Louise Giovanelli: From Here to Here, is an exhibition in two parts. Whilst Part One (14 May - 18 June) displays paintings selected by the artist from the Grundy's permanent collection, Part Two (2 July - 13 Aug) exhibits new version of these, reworked by the artist. Giovanelli draws on techniques and motifs of Old Master paintings to re-frame and re-cast details from within the portraits into a parallel history of the artist's making, rehanging the space in a ghostly echo of the originals.
This exhibition forms part of our 2016 year of programming around the Grundy's permanent collection as well as our commitment to supporting the work of young and emerging artists, in particular those from the North West.
Louise Giovanelli (b. London 1993, lives and works in Manchester) completed her BA in painting at Manchester School of Art in 2015. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Manchester, Los Angeles and Pforzheim, Germany and will have a further solo exhibition at the International 3 Gallery in Salford . Prima Donna at International 3 will open from the 29th June to the 5th August.
Image: Louise Giovanelli, 'The Beard', 2016, courtesy the artist