July 3, 2016 - Nottingham Contemporary - Michael Beutler and Yelena Popova
July 3, 2016

Nottingham Contemporary

(1) Yelena Popova, Circles and Ovals, 2016. (2) Michael Beutler, Tea Factory, 2016. *

Michael Beutler and Yelena Popova
July 16–September 25, 2016

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham NG1 2GB
United Kingdom

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Michael Beutler and Yelena Popova
July 16–September 25, 2016

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham NG1 2GB
United Kingdom

T +44 115 948 9750
F +44 115 948 9755
info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

www.nottinghamcontemporary.org
Twitter

Nottingham Contemporary presents two solo exhibitions this summer, by German artist Michael Beutler and Russian-born, Nottingham-based Yelena Popova.

Working with a team of local collaborators, Beutler will transform two of our four galleries into a site of production for his monumental site-specific installations, recycling found materials using a set of handmade tools. Constructed from repurposed materials such as paper and cardboard, the resulting modular structures will completely transform the galleries, forming a DIY response to the architecture of Nottingham Contemporary.

Channelling the spirit of ad hoc invention, and the disappearing tradition of co-operative labour, Beutler’s work can be read as a form of resistance to automation, and a collaborative response to social architectures. Titled Pump House, his presentation at Nottingham Contemporary is the second chapter of an exhibition that opened earlier this year at Spike Island, Bristol, and will reuse the original materials.

Beutler’s project will provide a bridge between two contemporary art centres in post-industrial cities, both of which were designed by the same architects. Caruso St John redeveloped the galleries at Spike Island in 2007, in the building that was formerly a tea packing factory. Nottingham Contemporary is a purpose-built gallery that opened in 2009 in the city’s Lace Market.

Nottingham Contemporary’s other two galleries will show After Image, a solo exhibition by Yelena Popova, her first institutional show in the UK. Shimmering between materialisation and disappearance, Popova’s work considers the histories of abstraction, by thinking about how painting—and images—can vanish. The exhibition comprises a number of ambitious new works, including Public Gallery, a large installation of barely-there paintings, in which visibility becomes a political stance. A new moving-image piece, This certifies that, uses computer code to generate infinitely variable sequences of images based on the designs of Euro banknotes. A meditation on the abstractions of capital, the piece reflects on the social consensus required for the financial system to function.

Popova’s exhibition will be accompanied by the first monograph on her work, which will provide a concise overview of a practice that continually pushes at the edges of what painting can be. The publication includes specially commissioned texts by two acclaimed writers. In his essay, the critic Brian Dillon considers Popova’s work through the lens of H.G. Wells’s 1897 novel The Invisible Man, noting that, “apparition and evanescence seem to happen at the same time.” The writer Claire-Louise Bennett has contributed a subtle and complex piece that thinks through the different senses in which painting can move beyond the frame. 

Michael Beutler’s exhibition is co-produced by Spike Island and Nottingham Contemporary. Beutler’s family workshop Production Playground is supported by Goethe-Institut London.

 

*(1) Yelena Popova, Circles and Ovals, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Philipp von Rosen Gallery, Germany. Photo: Jules Lister. (2) Michael Beutler, Tea Factory, 2016. Courtesy Spike Island, UK. Photo: Stuart Whipps.

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