The Architecture of Pleasure
PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHY
BY HELENA BEN-ZENOU
Badept artist in residence
Blackpool and The Fylde College, University Centre.
30 SEP – 27 OCT
WED 29th Sep 6 PM - 8 PM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WEEKDAYS EXCEPT BANK HOLYDAYS
9.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday - Thursday
9.00 am to 4.30 pm Fridays
Artist talk 29th September 1.30pm @ the lecture theatre Palatine Building. ( Limited Places )
Helena Ben-Zenou is an artist who is well known for investigating industrial and urban spaces. Working across painting, photography, installation, video and curation, her works and projects explore the transitory and contradictory nature of cities and address their physicality and social history.
She develops her ideas and works by visiting sites of architectural and historical interest, taking photographs, making notes, and walking through a city or area - as an informed wandering. The work in this exhibition “The Architecture of Pleasure” makes a direct link to the northern industrial heartland’s legacy and how its architectural and engineering achievements are incorporated into Blackpool’s buildings and structures. “From Industrial Relations to Industrial Vacations” is the theme Helena has carried with her from her time as Vickers Art Award Winner in 2006. As part of this project she was commissioned to produce works recording Derbyshire’s current and historic industries, including the last remnants of mining.
Helena was awarded £4000 as part of the Badept programme consisting of exhibitions, workshops and events funded by the Arts Council England and the National Lottery. Helena has undertaken residencies, projects, commissions and solo exhibitions widely in the UK and abroad.
Above :"Modern Disco 2 (The Palace) " mixed media on canvas , 80cmx80cm. Helena Ben Zenou Copyright 2010
Badept is pleased to coordinate this exhibtion in the new major gallery space at
the Blackpool and The Fylde College, University Centre.
Click Here for location for Blackpool University Centre Gallery
BY ADRIAN PRITCHARD
CHURCH STREET/COOKSON STREET BLACKPOOL
NEW LAUNCH DATE 2nd October and runs for 3 weeks until 22nd October
Meet the artist 7th October 6.30pm
Recently Badept artist Adrian Pritchard has developed art works and kinetic installations using viscous materials as a means for the viewer to engage in the ever changing qualities of the work as it unfolds.
For this particular installation “unsteady states” Adrian is playing with the concept of "steady states" which has relevance in many fields, in particular thermodynamics and economics.
The title is not only relative to the physical process of stretching and tearing but is also suggestive of our current economic climate in relation to the context of the display within an empty shop premises.
"Our economy is clearly not a steady state affair; the patterns of economical boom and bust are demonstrated through out history. The stretching and snapping of the gloop material is a kin to expanding economies that have to give at some point via a weakness within the structure. In reality this is a universal process of action and reaction."
"Unsteady States" is part of the Blackpool Council Culture Shops Project funded by the Arts Council Lottery scheme.
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Click on the image left for a Youtube animated sketch revealing the changing dynamics and shapes of the installation. As an extra the installation will also change its colour's from red to blue to yellow representing the three main political parties.