16 Days by Tether
March 2, 2011, 12:31 pm
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Are we ham acting? Have we missed the fact that it all stopped in 1983 and we’re all just out there on a repeater because it’s something to do on a Sunday?

For 16 days from April 1st 2011, Tether will be stationed at The Lombard Method in Birmingham. The Nottingham based collective will work towards creating 16 new works that seek to interfere with the Lombard Method and the way people interact and react within it. Through permanent and time-specific alterations, the works will address abstract concepts of space, time and history, placing diverse happenings or ephemera alongside each other in a non-linear format.
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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.


Poubelle by Tether
July 1, 2010, 2:41 pm
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Tether are featured in the group exhibition Poubelle at Grin & Slutsky Zurich later this month. Poubelle is an exhibition of videos and installations that create and destroy myths, from the position of contemporary practice.

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.

Various reviews of More Work For The Undertaker by Tether
January 4, 2010, 2:15 pm
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http://www.nottinghamvisualarts.net/review/nov-09/more-work-undertaker – Nottingham Visual Arts. Review by Geoff Litherland

“Dargan’s exhibition acts as backdrop to the underlying tensions and emptiness of contemporary life but instead of the Los Angeles setting for Short Cuts, we have the quintessential British inner city and suburbia; instead of disaffected pool cleaners and diner waitresses, we have desperate office workers and lonely perverts.”

http://platform-online.net/2009/12/review-sam-dargan/ – Platform. Review by Alexander Britton

“Dargan’s representations of the epic and the ordinary – and more often, the epicbehind the ordinary – were a pleasure to behold.”

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/art/Art-Work-Undertaker-Tether/article-1574104-detail/article.html – Evening Post. Review by Mark Patterson

“Viewed together, these scenes may add up to a plot sketch for a real-life or fictional mystery or thriller story.”

Tether – Murder in The Kremlin by Tether
Murder in The Kremlin

Murder in The Kremlin

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

Anthony Peskine – Who Do You Think You ARe? by Tether
March 29, 2009, 4:24 pm
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Anthony Peskine - PlaymobilThe Wasp Room is pleased to present ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the first UK exhibition by Parisian artist Anthony Peskine.

Adopting and adapting the visual languages of advertising campaigns and with a keen sense of the absurd, Peskine’s work is concerned with the predicament of the loser, and how promises are rarely fulfilled.

Peskine seeks to satirise the way in which aspiration and hope are exploited as a manipulative device. He uses his own disappointment and disillusionment to drive a varied artistic practice that ranges from painting and photography, to text pieces, video works and installations.
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