Alpha in Situ (2008)
Image Courtesy the Artist and Vilma Gold, London
Preview Tonight – 7th July 2011 – 6pm – 8pm
Newly commissioned works will be shown alongside key works from the artist’s past practice. Amongst the brand new works will be a portrait video of Nicholas Bullen, a founding member of Napalm Death. Nicholas Bullen will be performing a sound piece at 7pm.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-5pm
BE TRUE TO YOUR OBLIVION is a major solo exhibition by internationally renowned artist and former turner prize nominee, Mark Titchner, whose work is often influenced by Heavy Metal and its associated aesthetics.
The exhibition features newly commissioned works such as a video portrait of Nicholas Bullen, founding member of Napalm Death, and a banner carrying the Judas Priest lyric ‘I’ll choose my fate’, taken from the song ‘You don’t have to be old to be wise’. Shown in the gallery’s window box which can be seen from the street outside, the banner creates a link with Walsall Leather Museum’s display of the stage costumes of Judas Priest. The exhibition also features a re-worked version of ‘Be Angry but don’t stop breathing’ in which visitors are encouraged to use the sculpture as a forum for public, vocal catharsis.
Also included is ‘Ergo Ergot’, a work inspired by a variety of sources including the iconic logo of Vertigo records who launched Black Sabbath’s first album in 1970. In this work, dizzying optical illusions and hypnotic animations evoke a hallucinatory experience. The New Art Gallery will also be showing memorabilia relating to Heavy Metal over the duration of the exhibition.
For a pictorial preview, please see this fantastic piece in the Independent.
Audio Described Talk for blind and visually impaired visitors on a selection of Mark Titchner’s artworks – Thursday 28 July at 2pm.
Don’t miss: Mark Titchner In Conversation – Saturday 10 September at 2pm.
Join the artist for an informal tour of his BE TRUE TO YOUR OBLIVION exhibition.
Please reserve your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400.
Detailed access information can be found here.
Supported by Arts Council England, Walsall Council and The Henry Moore Foundation.