Filed under: .Tether, Benjamin Hargrave, Hugh Dichmont, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer, the wasp room | Tags: .Tether, 2009, art, event, Exhibition, gallery, nottingham, tether studios, the wasp room
May 30th – June 14th
Private View : May 29th, 6-8pm followed by The Art Crawl
For the third and final show in the Wasp Room gallery’s inaugural season of exhibitions, Tether present ‘Murder in the Kremlin’; a tale of espionage, paranoia and death.
In this age of 24‐hour CCTV, where our daily lives are increasingly recorded, newspapers manufacture stories to sell copies and satellite news channels do
anything to keep us watching, who can we trust anymore? Amidst the paranoia and propaganda how can we hope for a simple answer?
With a story slowly unraveling before us, we piece together all we can to make sense of what we see. All that we know for sure is that we are in troubled times.
Collaborating on this large multi‐faceted group installation, Tether will use a variety of methods and media to create frozen moments, or episodes, in an untold narrative, with shades of the Hollywood thriller.
Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and Nottingham Brewery
Filed under: .Tether, Benjamin Hargrave, Hugh Dichmont, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: .Tether, all smoke and no fire, collaboration, Exhibition, free range, london
As part of Free Range 2008, Tether produced a five-day collaborative show entitled All Smoke and No Fire.
Focusing on the process of artistic compromise and reflecting upon the reality of post-graduate life, All Smoke and No Fire presented artworks that reacted to the challenge of creating work as a collective, and attempted to live up to the cavernous grandeur of the Old Truman Brewery.
Playing with notions of spectacle and ambition, the works –which ranged from architectural interventions, to sculptural installations, to performance- stood out in Free Range’s Design Week as distinct and different. The central piece, a 10ft high Trojan horse made of wood and cardboard, alluded light-heartedly to this notion of difference; the construction a discarded “prop” from the Tether Group’s “invasion” of the Old Truman Brewery complex, in a week otherwise devoted to design.
Other works included the mobile architectural interventions known as “Pillar Men”, which roamed All Smoke and No Fire, seeking to find their place among the numerous concrete columns which characterise the Old Truman Brewery space. Replete with personalities of their own, Pillar Men were liable to follow you, and yet equally prone to shyness and attempts at hiding. No matter how hard they try, the audience may have spotted them.
Like the Wizard of Oz -hiding behind a curtain and bombastic effects to disguise his slight appearance- All Smoke and No Fire pretended to be far grander than it actually was.
The pieces that made up All Smoke and No Fire distinguished the show from all other Free Range exhibitions thus far- representing the combined practices of roughly a dozen fine artists, free from individual artistic ownership from any of the group’s constituent members.
This project was supported by Nottingham Trent University as part of their One Year Out support scheme for Nottingham-based art graduates.
Filed under: .Tether, Artists, Benjamin Hargrave, Hugh Dichmont, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: .Tether, 2007, art, curation, events, exhibitions, festivals, nottingham, performances, screenings, Tether Festival
Tether Festival – three weeks of events, exhibitions, performances and screenings in November 2007 – represented the first major project by Nottingham based artist group Tether. Under the direction of Hugh Dichmont and Samuel Mercer, Tether’s members curated shows, facilitated collaborations and hosted events which made Tether Festival not only an opportunity for members of Tether to exhibit their own work, but as a means to establish connections with artist groups and practitioners throughout the UK.