"Motorcade/FlashParade is an artist-run project space in Bristol, providing a platform for emerging artists and hosting an annual programme of exhibitions and events. Initiated in 2009 it is fast evolving into an exciting test space for contemporary practice, supporting and encouraging the development of new work and fresh ideas."
|© Rebecca Harris Live 2011|
The exhibition is curated by Julie McCalden who selected Live for the group show Bread & Roses which forms part the Bristol Biennial Community Arts Festival. Here is what Julie McCalden says about the show:
"Art, as a shifter of perceptions, is a terrain which can change how we think about ourselves and the world. As such, it is a potential catalyst for producing social change. An encounter with artwork that is unusual, surprising or delivered in atypical ways can disrupt our customary behaviours, allowing us to see and think differently. Bread & Roses attempts to operate in this arena, opening up a space in which something new can take place.
Comprising both on and off-site projects, the exhibition consists of selected existing works and new works produced by invited artists, chosen for this catalytic potentiality, however unquantifiable. In accepting this immeasurability, the project remains about possibility.
Many of the works share a subtle political undercurrent, underlying the desire to see the world differently in order to change it. These pieces provide a grounding from which to view some of the more poetic works in the show. The current political climate lends this project a sense of social and political timeliness and urgency.
The show takes its name from a poem penned in 1911 by James Oppenheim, but commonly attributed to a Massachusetts textile strike in 1912 where it was used as a slogan by the women strikers – we want bread but we want roses too. It has since been appropriated for a variety of cultural and poetic interventions referencing it’s succinct recognition that basic necessities are not enough; we need life to be worth living too. In a world characterised by a sense of inevitability, this exhibition seeks to unravel common sense notions to reveal other possibilities beyond the limits of our imagination."
Friday 1st June
Preview: 6pm – late
Saturday 2nd June
Group critique: 2pm
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd June, 12-6pm
I think it's going to be a exciting show and I'm very much looking forward to see the whole collection of curated works. I will be attending on the Friday preview and Saturday critique so maybe see you there?