Monday, 5 December 2011

Day :: Five

On Friday my friend Catherina and I ventured north, up the M6 to Birmingham to visit the exhibition Lost in Lace, held in the large architectural space that is Birmingham's Gas Hall. There was a nagging concern that driving 100 miles to see an exhibition could be a bit of an exhausting waste of a day but we were not disappointed. The work in the exhibition is stunning. Each installation is by a different artist and plays with ideas connected with the holes, spaces, boundaries and structures created by lace. The scale is what impresses first.

Elena Manferdini, Inverted Crystal Cathedral. 2011

On entering the hall, the visitor is greated by a huge inverted cathedral created from wire and crystal, stunning in both its scale and beauty. Around this centre piece are numerous other breath taking works such as the wall of lace created by Annie Bascoul, using traditional Alencon needlelace techniques but on a massive scale

Annie Bascoul, Moucharabieh +Jardin de lit, lit de jardin, 2010

Another favourite piece for me was a whole room filled with a network of black wool, trapping the ghostly dress forms within, sinister and menacing, almost like spider's webs.

Chiharu Shiota, After the Dream, 2011

There was so much to see, all of it interesting and thought provoking,  it would be difficult to pick a favourite but I was particularly drawn to the beautifully executed work of Piper Shepard. Inspired by traditional lace patterns she hand cuts fabric, painstakingly removing the negative spaces to create her own lace fabric. For this exhibition she had made large black hanging panels inspired by traditional point de gaze lace held in the collection of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Piper Shepard, Lacing Space 2011 (detail, work in progress)

This exhibition alone would have been worth the journey but we also enjoyed the accompanying exhibition Concealed and Revealed featuring traditional lace from the Birmingham Museum's collection as well as exploring the lively German Christmas market in Birmingham's city centre. And then purely by chance, whilst grabbing a quick sandwich we bumped into a mutual friend, Ruth Issett which was a lovely surprise. All in all a fabulous day out and I can definitely recommend the exhibition if you get a chance.

14 comments:

  1. The exhibition looks marvellous, and I'm glad you had such a good day.

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  2. That sounds like a fabulous day out! There are so many excellent exhibitions on in London and around the UK this winter - it would be a full time job seeing them all.

    Celia
    x

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  3. Thanks Gina for sharing a lovely inspiring day. It was definitely worthwhile the trip. Catherina xx

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  4. What stunning work - I must admit that lace is something I know little about.

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  5. What an amazing day out Gina. The exhibitions sound very unusual and staggering in their size and content. You must have come home with your minds reeling from all that spectacle and inspiration.

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  6. I'm so glad the trip was worth it. Everyone who I know who have been have all had very positive things to say about it too x

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  7. It looks absolutely amazing. I particularly like the look of the dresses in the room with all the black wool. Shall enjoy looking at your links and seeing works I haven't seen before.........

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  8. That looks amazing - definitely worth the drive. I love the first photo, it looks like a spiders web.

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  9. Gina, without your post, I would never have known about this intriguing exhibit or have been able to see pictures of some of the work.

    Thank you so much for making that long drive!

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  10. What a wonderful exhibition, very inspiring!

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  11. If only I had a helicopter and my own personal pilot! I'd be there like a shot just to see Piper Shepherd but the dresses in the room full of wool look just tremendous. Have read some great reviews for this exhibition so it seems it is a winner. Glad you had a fab day. Hope you came home inpsired with lots of ideas?

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  12. looks fabulous Gina. love that Piper Shepard piece . off to search her out.

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  13. It looks beautiful, I hope to visit it soon.x

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  14. Some pretty designs alright. Doing the painting yourselves is more fun but a good place for ideas for more design is this site of wahooart.com, that I use to help with my wall decorations.
    You can browse for a painting like this The tree, by 20th century Czech artist, Frantisek Kupka, for example, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LHUQV , that can be ordered on line and delivered to you.

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