Manfred Pernice and Simon & Tom Bloor

Manfred Pernice and Simon & Tom Bloor

Modern Art Oxford

Manfred Pernice, 2010.

September 28, 2010

Manfred Pernice: baldt1

Simon & Tom Bloor: Hit and Miss

1 October to 21 November 2010

30 Pembroke Street,
Oxford OX1 1BP

1 October – 21 November 2010

Modern Art Oxford presents new and recent work by the German artist Manfred Pernice in his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.

Manfred Pernice creates objects and sculptures that consider the complex relationships between art, architecture, city-building and human stories of time and place. Formed of a language that is immediately and distinctively recognisable, his sculptures suggest themselves as already existing in the everyday world. This exhibition presents developments in Perniceʼs practice over the last three years, in particular a passage of work the artist has come to term ʻSonderausstellungʼ. Describing such work as ‘an exhibition within an exhibition’, recent projects have manifested themselves as more overtly domestic in their resonance, a world of the familial as opposed to the distinct references to the public realm and the built, urban environment that characterised his past practice.

The centre-piece of the exhibition will be the re-presentation of a new work, Tutti (2010). Referencing Pernice’s earlier ‘can’ structures or Dosen, the sculpture reveals four room-sized quadrants, and is complete with a spiral staircase that elevates the viewer. This sculpture as vessel will ‘house’ part of the exhibition as well as becoming the site for various settings, its content rearticulated and modified as it journeys from place to place.

Manfred Pernice: baldt1 is organised by Modern Art Oxford, in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts and S.M.A.K, Ghent. The exhibition will first be shown throughout Modern Art Oxford’s Upper Galleries, before travelling to Dundee and Ghent in 2011. A fully illustrated publication co-published by Modern Art Oxford, Dundee Contemporary Arts and S.M.A.K, Ghent will be available.

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and the The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa).

1 October – 21 November 2010

For the second in a series of new commissions for The Yard, Simon & Tom Bloor will draw on influences from across art, design and architecture to transform the space at Modern Art Oxford.

Hit and Miss will consist of an installation constructed from painted wooden ‘hit and miss’ fencing, drawing on a familiar structural form from Britain’s much-maligned postwar developments to explore themes of municipal urban and suburban design.

The installation will sit somewhere between a garden park and interior lobby, with the fencing acting in a variety of ways: as a maze-like screening structure, as a means to create intimate resting spaces within The Yard and as a support for a further element to the project.

The Bloors have created a series of works on paper based on posters selected from Modern Art Oxford’s archive. Re-imagining these posters for group and solo exhibitions that included artworld luminaries such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre and Dan Graham, the Bloors’ new posters playfully reflect their interest in appropriation, printed media and nostalgia while offering up alternative interpretations for their fencing structures.


Friday 1 October, 2pm
Manfred Pernice in conversation with Michael Stanley, Director, Modern Art Oxford. Booking essential.

Saturday 9 October, 6pm
Simon & Tom Bloor in conversation with Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island. Booking essential.

See for a full list of talks, performances and artist selected screenings.

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel. 01865 722733. Email:

Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am – 10pm, galleries until 7pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm, closed Mondays.

Admission Free.

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