October 1, 2012 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Fall exhibitions
October 1, 2012

Fall exhibitions

Installation view of Bjarne Melgaard, A House to Die In at the ICA. Photographer Stephen White.

Fall exhibitions

Bjarne Melgaard: A House to Die In
25 September–18 November 2012

Hannah Sawtell: Osculator & Vendor
9 October–18 November 2012 &
5 October 2012–5 January 2013

Trojan: Works on Paper
9 October–18 November 2012

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Bjarne Melgaard: A House to Die In
25 September–18 November 2012

A House to Die In is New York based Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard’s first solo exhibition in the UK. The ICA’s Lower and Upper Galleries feature two of his collaborative projects investigating the dynamics of creative and collaborative relationships.

The presentation of a large-scale architectural facade in the Lower Gallery represents a key stage in Melgaard’s ongoing collaboration with award-winning architectural firm Snøhetta. Both parties have been working together toward the construction of a purpose-built house where the artist will eventually live and work. They have been exchanging architectural drawings, models and documents since 2011, and for this exhibition they present a 1:1 facade of the building’s proposed exterior, alongside a wider body of shared research.

The Upper Galleries house an installation of paintings and sculptures that imagine the interior spaces of Melgaard’s proposed residence, alongside furniture designed by Snøhetta and ephemera from the artist’s studio. Melgaard created the paintings and sculptures in partnership with a group of artists’ entitled the ‘Bellevue Survivors.’ They have had no formal art education and little or no connection to the art world.


Hannah Sawtell: Osculator
9 October–18 November 2012
Hannah Sawtell at Bloomberg SPACE in collaboration with the ICA
5 October 2012–5 January 2013

Hannah Sawtell presents a new body of work across two venues, Osculator at the ICA, and Vendor at Bloomberg SPACE. The exhibitions mark Sawtell’s first solo project in the UK, and employ material sourced from her residency at Bloomberg’s office space.


Trojan: Works on Paper
9 October–18 November 2012

Raw and uncompromising drawings and studies for paintings by Trojan; self-taught painter, make-up artist, and underground fashion icon. The exhibition also includes previously unseen photo albums loaned by John Maybury and Sue Tilley.


Related talks and events

Thu 11 Oct 6:30pm
Bjarne Melgaard, Kjetil T. Thorsen and Ina Blom discuss the influence of ‘Narcotecture’ on Melgaard’s ongoing collaboration with architectural firm Snøhetta. The talk is accompanied by the launch of the exhibition catalogue A House to Die In.

Surplus Desire
Wed 24 Oct 6:30pm
Maria Fusco, John Roberts and Diedrich Diederichsen discuss how we assign value to art today.

Inside the Outside
Wed 7 Nov 6:30pm
Dr. Leslie Topp, James Brett and artist and writer Neal Brown discuss the ‘other’ in art.

The Trouble with Artists’ Brands
Wed 14 Nov 6:30pm
Chaired by writer and academic Sarah Thornton, this panel investigates the role of the ‘artists’ brand’ in contemporary practices.

Sonic Lumps: Factory Floor & Hannah Sawtell
Sat 17 Nov 8pm
A live sound performance investigating analogue and digital forms.

Culture Now
Lunchtime talks with guests including: Philip Long, Emmajane Avery, Sheena McDonald, Will Gompertz, Liam Gillick, Lisa Schiff, Owen Jones, Steven Berkoff, Hofesh Shechter, Alasdair McLellan and Jo-Ann Furniss.

Friday Salons:
Camouflage, Pattern & Scale
5 Oct 3–4:30pm

9 Nov 3–6pm

Artists’ Film Club:
Experimenta at the ICA
Curated by Mark Webber for the BFI London Film Festival
Wed 10–Thu 11 Oct

Laida Lertxundi
Tue 23 Oct

Cinema of Transgression
Sat 3–Sun 4 Nov

Rosemarie Trockel
Sun 11 Nov

Please visit our website for further information and events: www.ica.org.uk

Artists’ Editions by Bjarne Melgaard
To accompany Bjarne Melgaard: A House to Die in, the artist has created two new limited editions—an eight colour lithograph in an edition of 30 and a limited edition Røros Tweed blanket.

For information contact Vicky Steer:
vicky.steer@ica.org.uk / T 020 7766 1425 / www.ica.org.uk/editions

Press information: Naomi Crowther, Press Officer, ICA: naomi.crowther [​at​] ica.org.uk / T 020 7766 1407

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