Cornerstone Festival: Andrew Bick (The Conversation)
Monday, 23 November 2015 Time: 19.30
In 2011 Andrew Bick curated an exhibition of four key British Artists, Anthony Hill, Peter Lowe, Jeffrey Steele and Gillian Wise for Galerie von Bartha in Basel. All the artists are now in their late 70s or 80s and are know for their trenchant opinions and uncompromising attitude to how their work has been overlooked and undervalued. The title chosen for the exhibition was The Conversation.
The Conversation, 1974, is also the title of a film starring Gene Hackman and directed by Frances Ford Coppola. Hackman plays a surveillance expert adept at splicing complete conversations together from sound fragments gathered through covertly placed microphones, in a tale of spying and paranoia from the time of the Watergate scandal…
The parallel between film and exhibition was intentionally mischievous; half caught dialogue, miss heard and misunderstood statements, shifting patterns of understanding, these form in any conversations where trust and understanding is not absolute…
Contemporary art is often weakened by its poor grasp of work from the past; similarly older artists who are made to feel redundant see no reason to engage with an art world that seems to have no use for them…
Following on from a paper given for the seminar Staging Painting (ICA 21 July 2015) Artist and curator Andrew Bick will lead a discussion panel with invited guests on conversation as a means of making exhibitions. Bick uses the ideas of art historical research both for making painting and for organising exhibitions in collaborative contexts.
Dialogue, as a means of reinterpreting overlooked and undervalued artists and of reappraising contemporary practice, through an astute adjustment of its relationship with the past, is central to Bick’s methods and this panel will reflect his current exhibition project with Liverpool Hope University and present his engagement with the work of some of his key collaborators.