23/06/2016 — 25/06/2016
Kihlberg & Henry 
This Building, This Breath

This Building, This Breath continues Kihlberg & Henry’s exploration of the disembodied voice in moving image and performance. For this piece, a voiceover is delivered live alongside a 15 minute video, activated whenever somebody enters the room. Here the duo explores cultural understandings of breathing as a device to play with the relationships between language, image, architecture and audience.

In the script, Kihlberg & Henry make use of a varied series of references of breathing, from biological meanings and principles in martial arts and yoga to deviations of the term such as those used in breathing materials and lens breathing. The voiced content coincides with the choreography of projected images as if images were falling from the speakers’ mouth, and retracting with his inhalations, combining eclectic and associative found footage. Adopting mechanisms familiar to the spheres of hypnosis or meditation in the structure and delivery of the script, this Building, This Breath drives towards an abstract proposition that the room itself is breathing.

This Building, This Breath was commissioned by fig-2, supported by the Art Fund, Outset, and Arts Council England.


Image Credit: Kihlberg & Henry, This Building, This Breath, 2015

Courtesy of the artists.

2/07/2016 — 13/08/2016
Louise Giovanelli
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