Saturday 23 January 2016 – Sunday 13 March 2016
Melissa Gordon: Fallible Space
Open Evening: Performance – Friday 22 January 2016, 19.00
Fallible Space is a new project by London based painter, printmaker and editor Melissa Gordon.
Gordon is interested in addressing the exhibition as a ‘theatre in the round’: highlighting shifting perspectives when staging her work. Here she presents the first solo exhibition in Bluecoat’s Performance Space, accompanied by a longer running exhibition in the Vide.
Collision, the 1916 play by British artist, poet, playwright, novelist, feminist and actress Mina Loy, provides the starting point for Fallible Space. An enduring fascination for Gordon, Collision describes the transformation of an interior, a kaleidoscoping of ceiling, floor and walls.
On the opening evening (Fri 22 Jan), large-scale silkscreen panels will be activated by a physical theatre performance. Working with musicians and lighting design by artist Jessica Wiesner, Gordon will focus on the rhythm of Loy’s writing. The vibrations of interfering half-tone lines in prints and paintings also reflect on the play’s dynamic properties.
Performance Space: Sat 23 – Sun 31 Jan 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 6pm
Vide: Sat 23 Jan – Sun 13 Mar 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 6pm
Exhibition Related Events:
Fri 22 Jan 7pm Collision (1916)
A mime uses the artwork’s panels, hanging frames, and pulley systems to enact a live transformation of the Fallible Space installation, which will remain as the exhibition. This is the first-ever staging of Collision by Mina Loy, on the centenary after it was written. Music by Chris Evans and Morten Norbye Halvorsen.
Free, booking required
Sat 30 Jan 4 – 6pm Myths of the Modern Woman
Performances and discussions curated by Gordon and Sandeep Parmar, academic, poet and author of The Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies: Myth of the Modern Woman in response to Loy’s writing and Fallible Space.
Sun 31 Jan 11am – 6pm Finale (“the curtain falls, the curtain falls”)