Phantasieblume (Vane)

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Artist(s)Fox N
Publication type Exhibition
VenueVane Gallery
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK
Year2010
Legacy Date22 April 2010 - 5 June 2010
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The underpinning research is Nick Fox’s broad body of work Phantasieblume, exploring longing, loss and desire, conducted in his studio since 2007 and further supported during a Research and development Residency at the National Glass centre, Sunderland in 2009 and 2010. Subversive narratives of romantic idealisation, cultural artefact and coded articulations of desire specifically inform the research. Further to these interests, Fox has continued to developed innovative painting processes which He creates his work by crafting layers of acrylic paint on glass, which is then intricately cut, creating elaborate objects that resemble the preciousness of lace The Phantasieblume research project was developed as a series of Solo Presentations containing a selection of mirrored paintings, drawings and craft objects. 1. Phantasieblume, C4RD London April 2009 2. Phantasieblume Vane Gallery, April – June 2010 3. Phantasieblume Nachtleid Ga Hamel Prestegart, Norway The project was disseminated through the Production of an Artist Monograph in 2010. The Phantasieblume project has resulted in a significant Artist monograph funded by Newcastle University and ACE, and was partnered with the National Glass centre, Art editions north and Centre for recent drawing. Essays and text contributions are by significant commentators in the field of Art and design, including internationally recognised cultural commentator Philip Austander. Other contribuitors include Stephanie Brown, Paul Stone, Andrew Hewish, George Chakravarthi, Matthew Hearn, and Clive Jennings. The book was published under the prestigious Documents for Recent Drawing series by Centre for recent drawing. The book offers insights into the work of Nick fox, specifically offering critical perspectives on painting, craft and drawing contextualisation. The exhibition was featured in The Guardian Guide (with illustration), and work was featured on the Front Cover of A-N a monthly Art Periodical.
Number of Pieces16
Media of OutputPainting, Drawing, Intallation
NotesThe Phantasieblume Exhibition Phase resulted in 3 solo exhibitions, one of which is International (Norway), 1 Public Talk at Vane gallery, the development of a Blog for online discussion, 1 Public Talk at Newcastle University, 1 event at Vane during the Late Shows, 1 Artist Monograph and Art Press exposure including being selected for The front Cover of AN (May) and a review in the Guardian Guide, reaching new National audiences for Fox. He also developed an Additional Public project during the Exhibition Phase called the Longing Disco, which was supported by the Late Shows programme, increasing visitor numbers to the exhibition, in line with my proposal. Vanes audience figures for my project total 1112, more than doubling their average attendance rate to exhibitions. The exhibition at Vane (Newcastle) coincided with the launch of Fox’s Artist Monograph Limited Edition Monograph. The books are hard-back clothbound editions with full colour illustration and feature Essay and text contributions are by significant commentators in the field of Art and design, including internationally recognised cultural commentator Philip Austander. Other contributors include Stephanie Brown, Paul Stone, Andrew Hewish, George Chakravarthi, Matthew Hearn, and Clive Jennings. The book was published under the prestigious Documents for Recent Drawing series by Centre for recent drawing. The book offer insights into the work of Nick fox, specifically offering critical perspectives on painting, craft and drawing contextualisation and is distributed internationally by Cornerhouse, Manchester. John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010, Exhibition Catalogue Fox’s work has attracted National press interest for the Phantasieblume Exhibition stage through inclusion in the AN (front cover with article), with a readership of 30 000 and received a review of the Phantasieblume exhibition in the Guardian Guide, readership of 283 000. Press for the exhibition activity reached over 300 000 people. His project has also been disseminated through NGC’s website 5000 hits per month, Vane gallery’s website (1200 hits pm) and Newcastle University’s Website (1800 hits pm), which collectively get 7000 hits every month.
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