July 9, 2013 - MOSTYN - Dear Portrait
July 9, 2013

Dear Portrait

Courtesy of MOSTYN.

Dear Portrait 
20 July–13 October 2013

Franco Vaccari
20 July–13 October 2013

Annette Kelm
20 July–13 October 2013

Gallery 6: Uprisings – Becca Voelcker
20 July–20 October 2013

Preview: Friday 19 July, 6:30pm, all welcome

MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales

www.mostyn.org

MOSTYN, Wales’ foremost contemporary art gallery is delighted to announce a new season of exhibitions.

Dear Portrait
20 July–13 October 2013

Participating artists:
Nina Beier, Pierre Bismuth, Maurizio Cattelan, Tim Gardner, Loris Gréaud, Ryan Gander, Gareth Griffith, Isabell Heimerdinger, Carsten Holler, Annette Kelm, David Lamelas, Jessica Longmore, Jerry McMillan, Elizabeth Peyton, Laura Reeves, Wilhelm Sasnal, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mungo Thomson, Franco Vaccari, Ian Wallace

Respondents to the work, and in the work, include:
John Baldessari, Jonathan Monk, Lynda Morris, Lee Ranaldo, Ed Ruscha, amongst others

Curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN | Wales

Dear Portrait includes twenty international artists, with works that deploy the use of the portrait in various ways, and invites their subjects to respond to the works involving them.

Through painting, sculpture, drawing and video Dear Portrait includes instances where the ‘portrait’ falls in line with traditional standards, together with those that potentially expand the definition of what portraiture might be.

As a gathering of portraits, Dear Portrait contains a number of conversations between an artist and an individual or a group of people. While this dialogue is inherent in the exhibition, the individuals represented in each work, in being invited to write a text in response to the piece and the artist who produced it, give rise to another. Shown alongside the respective works, each text offers a deeper insight, revealing something that is largely unknown about the artwork or artist—something anecdotal, intimate and sentimental, and always personal.

While Dear Portrait presents portraiture and its various expressions today, it also refreshes the perception and experience of exhibitions as a whole—how they take form, how they are presented and how they are viewed, received and interpreted.

Press release: Dear Portrait

Annette Kelm 
20 July–13 October 2013

This exhibition marks the first solo exhibition of the work of Annette Kelm in a UK public institution. Working both in and with the medium of photography, Kelm’s unique approach mines a delicate balance between the appearance of the subjects she photographs—for her images reveal in detail, clarity and the fleeting—and their conceptual implications. While clearly taking in various genres of photography, including still life, portraiture, and the language of advertising imagery, they cast a unique analysis on the medium of photography, and question both the objectivity and subjectivity of images and their representation.

Press release: Annette Kelm

Franco Vaccari 
20 July–13 October 2013

Since the 1960s, Franco Vaccari has been producing works that are deeply conceptual, poetic, and one of the first in a long tradition in which the viewer is key. This exhibition focuses on Vaccari’s works that made ready use of Photomatic kiosks and the audience, and displays a selection of photo strips, among other works, from two key pieces in his oeuvre that were initially made for the 1972 Venice Biennale and the Gwangju Biennale in 2010.

Press release: Franco Vaccari

Gallery 6: Uprisings – Becca Voelcker
20 July–20 October 2013

Gallery 6 is a new initiative at MOSTYN housed in its upper level. It is dedicated to presenting the work of young and emerging artists, all of whom are yet to have a solo exhibition in an institutional setting—nationally or internationally. The Gallery 6 space and its associated programme, titled Uprisings, provide the opportunity for an artist to work under professional conditions, and to present their work to a larger audience. It will bring to MOSTYN a diverse range of artists, at the very forefront of contemporary art practice, from both home and away.

Four Uprisings will occur each year. This, the second of 2013, is by Wales-born artist Becca Voelcker.

Press release: Gallery 6: Uprisings – Becca Voelcker

Gallery 6 would not be possible without the generous support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

To be kept up to date with MOSTYN’s new programme, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing lin [​at​] mostyn.org.

About MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
MOSTYN in Llandudno, North Wales (UK) is the leading publicly funded, contemporary art gallery in Wales and serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary life through international contemporary art and curatorial practice.

Through exhibitions, a learning programme, lectures, symposia and publications, MOSTYN plays an active role in discussing contemporary culture in Wales, the UK and beyond.

MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
Wales, UK

T +44(0) 1492 879 201
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