Monday, 21 September 2015

KULES 2015 - Meet The Residents - Kyle Cartlidge

Each year, KULES offers a 1 week Micro Residency to a recent graduate from the fine art course at Staffordshire University. The residency is designed as an intensive research period enabling the artist to propose brand new work or develop a recent strand within their practice. Ongoing support is given throughout the week by the KULES directors and residents.

The KULES Graduate Micro Residency in 2015 is awarded to

Kyle Cartlidge

Kyle is a mixed media artist driven by the materiality of oil paint. The majority of Kyle’s recent paintings focus predominantly on studies of human nature and cityscapes, drawing influence from lived and observed life. The paintings are built up over a number of layers using thick impasto marks verging on the sculptural, the colours lurid and unnatural often squeezed straight from the tube, bringing an urgency to the work.

Alongside documenting the topography of his hometown and it’s inhabitants, Kyle has a strong interest in what it’s like to be an artist in the digital age, information 24/7, a constant flood of mediated imagery prime for the taking, social media and the self editing age. Observing the changes in human habits as technology intrudes on our daily lives, smart-phones and our incessant need to be seen and heard via docile social networking sites.

“Anonymous” which involves stealing profile pictures from strangers, is a series of recent works which were born out of a morning of procrastination, in which the main subject has been stripped of any real identity, like the faded memory of a face in the crowd. Alongside painting Kyle is also experimenting with painting objects and sculptures, slathering them in bright hues of paint, the introduction of objects stem from a love of how oil paint adhered to his painting clothes.

My initial plans for the 7 day residency are to take the time undertake some extensive research and contextualise my practice, though initially I feel utilising the space to experiment and further develop sculptural works may seem productive, through taking the time to step back and look at my practice as a whole I may develop other areas.

Current Works

The Code Breaker, 2015

Self, 2015

Ambition, 2015

Youth, 2015

Saturday, 19 September 2015

KULES 2015 - Meet The Residents - Lucy Wright

This year's selected residents, Sarah Hardacre, Noel Clueit and Lucy Wright set out their practices and intentions for this year's residency and their response to the theme for 2015, "The Public As Material".


Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright's work locates itself at the intersection of art and ethnomusicology—the social science concerned with performance, people and place—to explore contemporary manifestations of tradition and everyday creativity. Motivated by an interest in self-organised communities of practice and influenced by the writings of the anthropologist Tim Ingold and folklorist Georgina Boyes, her artistic research seeks to re-nuance tradition as a forwards-facing process that is generative, collaborative and highly current.

As a maker and performer, Lucy's practice deploys the aesthetics of the pound shop and market stall to create contemporary re-workings of historical folk arts from the North of England. Following the completion of a practice-led PhD at Manchester School of Art in 2014, the work has become defined by a dialogical process of exchange, dedicated to a co-creative approach that does not ‘turn away’ from participants after time in the field has been completed.

My forthcoming KULES residency will respond to the theme The Public as Material by engaging directly with selected communities in Stoke-on-Trent in a dialogical practice involving performance, making and videography. I will engage local members of the girls’ morris dancing community—sometimes called ‘carnival’ or ‘fluffy’ morris—to explore the concealed history and contemporary legacy of performances associated with the town carnival movement in Stoke-on-Trent. The broadest goal for this work is to re-evaluate such performances as vibrant examples of non-corporate identity-making in the UK.

Previous Works

Still from Making Traditions (2009 – 2014)

Dresses from Sewing Difference (2012)

Lower Withington Royalettes (2013)

2nd Alexander Park Guides present ‘Rose Queen’ (2013) 

Conversation Hats (2012)

KULES 2015 - Meet The Residents - Noel Clueit

This year's selected residents, Sarah Hardacre, Noel Clueit and Lucy Wright set out their practices and intentions for this year's residency and their response to the theme for 2015, "The Public As Material".

Noel Clueit

Noel Clueit is interested in how knowledge and authorship structure the way art is read. Noel looks to question how we attribute meaning onto what is presented before us. The printed image negates the physical experience of the work, our reliance on this archival material creates a distance between the viewer and the artwork. This can corrupt our knowledge of art in terms of understanding the scale, form or movement around an artwork.
Visual culture is now experienced through an ever expanding, yet increasingly homogenised archive. Images are pulled from the web as a material to work through ideas, with a particular focus on the point where technology impacts more traditional processes, and in turn, how this effects his own output.

I will be using the residency with KULES as a space for experimentation and producing larger scale works. 
The theme, the public as material, will become a brief to direct the production of new work. I plan to use the space in order to develop narrative between scale, architecture and how the viewer is placed within presented ideas.
I am drawn to the theme for how it can be used as a way to investigate the function of structured experience, and the potential of how an audience engages in dialogue to their surroundings. 

Previous Works

Towards Monumental Sculpture Installation view Bureau, Manchester 2014
Document / Monitor Installation view Crate, Margate 2011

After Modern Art (Stella) 438 A3 photocopies across four walls. Royal Standard, Liverpool 2011

After Modern Art( detail)

O, of love 2015
The O from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture remade to scale MDF, plywood, timber, polyfiller
2020 x 2020 x 550 mm

KULES 2015 - Meet The Residents - Sarah Hardacre

This year's selected residents, Sarah Hardacre, Noel Clueit and Lucy Wright set out their practices and intentions for this year's residency and their response to the theme for 2015, "The Public As Material".

Sarah Hardacre

Sarah Hardacre’s paper collage and silkscreen prints explore the architectural legacies of post war housing development and present a preoccupation with Modernism as a legacy of the welfare state. Using images of Modernist skylines taken from local history archives, against women cut from second hand gentlemen’s magazines, her work references the effects of urban regeneration, notions of privacy and how structures designed to induce collectivism have instead left a legacy of alienation, serving to marginalise working class communities and in particular working class women. The women superimposed into her work stand defiant, drawing strength from fragilities and bringing the promise of change on a grander scale; creating private playgrounds in post-industrial wastelands that cannot be controlled by the State.

For this residency, I will be investigating the working class history of the Stoke-on-Trent area and illuminating the stories of it’s radical past; focusing on the stories of politically active women in the potteries who helped force the Votes for Women agenda and Stoke’s first female figures voted into local Government. Drawing together research from local and national archives and local community and women’s groups, the project also intends to highlight personal stories though publically engaged talks and workshops. Using film, music, archive images, light and sound; the result of the research will create a celebration for Stoke’s working class future that aims to engage debate about the current issues facing women in the home, workplace and politics and what role art can play in politics and protest.

Previous Works

Gizza Home (2012) Collage: magazine cutting and xerographic print.

‘You Owe Me An Egg’ (2015) Collage: digital print and archival photograph.

‘You reek of the pub...’ (2015) Collage: Magazine page and magazine cutting.

Pankhurst in the Park 2014.

A commission of 5 collage works by Alexandra Arts revealing the connections between the Pankhurst Family, the Suffragette Movement and Alexandra Park, Manchester. Installed as 3m x 2m framed images, the works became the setting for a performance talk and guided walk through a woodland setting, illuminating the hidden histories of the park. Further images of the event and installation:

Origin 2012: A commission by Corridor8 at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

A site specific slide projection continuing my interest in collage and the representation of women and class structures in archives. The images used are taken from a unique notebook in the collection of the Greater Manchester Police Musuem; recording women suspected of prostitution. The overlayed text is taken from Engel’s The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State; announcing an erosion of women’s rights and a feminist critique that sits at odds with Engle’s own use of prostitutes. More on the event:

Paul Stolper currently represents Sarah Hardacre and a full portfolio of her work can be viewed on the gallery website: