Race For The Prize by Tether
October 7, 2010, 9:14 am
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Race For The Prize

featuring Paul Lewthwaite, Geoff Diego Litherland & Jonathan Gillie

14th – 24th October 2010, Thursday – Sunday, 12-5pm
Private View: 14th October, 7-9pm

The Wasp Room & Max Warburg Space present the group exhibition Race For The Prize. This collaborative endeavour seeks to expose confluences that have arisen in the artists’ recent work and future direction, which will result in a series of explorative exhibitions.

The artists’ practices are rooted in an ongoing investigation with the processes and formal elements inherent to the media of sculpture, painting and moving image. This understanding of history and technique is not the only overlap in the artists’ work. Recently they have been drawn to the imagery and narratives found within the genres of science fiction. By appropriating these ideologies, which often have pseudo-religious undertones and apocalyptic prophecies, they seek to create an interchange between fantasy and stark reality.

The works aim to exploit the way sculpture and painting can manifest the abstract and intangible into something bordering on reality. Lewthwaite’s sculptures are assembled from laboriously crafted components and ready-made objects. Their stage set qualities and odd forms play with illusions of interpretation, highlighted by the choice of materials and peculiar surface treatments. Litherland’s paintings emerge from dark, geometric backgrounds where painterly abstractions jostle with 3D forms to generate awkward compositions that aspire to enlighten yet offer little resolution.

Together the artworks create an ‘out of the ordinary’ and slightly uncanny atmosphere in the gallery space. Vivid primary and fluorescent colours combine with muted ochres. The detritus of semi-recognisable forms and shapes are laid out ready to be reassembled by the audience.

The exhibition at The Wasp Room is complimented by the digital animations of Jonathan Gillie, whose work references current aesthetics in the visual, as well as the musical avant-garde. His animations are heavily layered compositions in which process and precision play an equal role to instinct and experiment. Attempting to visualize current thinking in science, electronic music and moving image he produces an imagined, exotic environment, as familiar as it is alien and as mechanical as it is organic.


Tethervision Studio Grand Opening by Tether
October 7, 2010, 9:00 am
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Join us on 10/10/10 for the opening of the newest space at Tether, the Tethervision Studio, a live event and production space which will be used for a performances, game shows, talks and gigs over the next few months.

With music from The Elreys
The Black Swan screen curated by Beth Bramich
final chance to catch Stuart Croft – Drive In at The Wasp Room and Alia Pathan – Empty Vessels at Max


Warburg Space

From 7pm

Naomi Terry – In a city not too far away… by Tether
January 4, 2010, 2:20 pm
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at The Wasp Room
4th – 21st FEBRUARY 2010
OPEN: THURS – SUN, 1 – 6pm

Tether have invited Naomi Terry to undertake a six-week residency at The Wasp Room this December & January which will
culminate in the exhibition ‘In a city not too far away…’
Terry creates banal objects with fictional components, whether this is function, purpose or narrative. An ambition to draw the audience into an immersive state is coupled with a realistic understanding of the limitations of materials and site to create a perfect illusion.
Working with notions of espionage and innocent fantasy -reminiscent of imaginative childhood play-  Terry will be creating a room-filling installation, bespoke to the dimensions and character of the space; ambitious new territory for the young artist. With a narrative inspired by the identity of the gallery, the show will comprise the secret lair of ‘Wasp Man’, an accidental superhero misunderstood, much like wasps themselves, clumsy, seen as annoying or pointless, but vital to humankind’s survival.
With inter-changeable stingers, numerous wings for various situations, treacherous toxins and specialised trapping techniques, Wasp Man fights against the powers of evil in this world, from Butterfly Bill, to Annie Ant Chambers and the Mosquito Mob.
Terry is preoccupied with an interest in exploring the boundaries between the imaginary and the real, and with her deft and inventive command of rudimentary materials, her works rarely fail to achieve that delicate balance of refined simplicity. Her practice exudes an honest flair that, without pretension, combines a language of creativity with the substance of the banal, and delivers us deep within her idiosyncratic imagination.