March 29, 2006 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - BECK’S FUTURES 2006
March 29, 2006


31 March-14 May 2006

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
31 March-14 May 2006

Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow
8 April-14 May 2006

Arnolfini, Bristol
13 April-14 May 2006

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Blood n Feathers (Jo Robertson & Lucy Stein), Pablo Bronstein, Stefan Brüggemann, Richard Hughes, Flávia Müller Medeiros, Seb Patane, Olivia Plender, Simon Popper, Jamie Shovlin, Daniel Sinsel, Matt Stokes, Sue Tompkins and Bedwyr Williams

Becks Futures was established in 2000 as an annual exhibition and award to provide a platform for the support for the work of young and emerging UK based artists. Now in its seventh year, Becks Futures has expanded the platform and will, in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and the Arnolfini, Bristol present three exhibitions of the work of all the participating artists at the three institutions concurrently. This years participants were selected by the artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare and Gillian Wearing.

THE EXHIBITION INCLUDES: Blood n Feathers luscious, exuberant paintings which explore constructs of femininity; Stefan Brüggemanns Show Titles (2000 ongoing), a text piece of over 700 possible exhibition titles, from which the curators were invited to select one for each venue; Pablo Bronsteins architectural interventions; Flávia Müller Medeiros video work, Inaugurate (2005) which marries found footage from the film Easy Rider to a recording of George Bushs second inauguration speech read by an actor in the style of an American car salesman; a new work by Richard Hughes which recreates a suburban village green, complete with bus stop; Seb Patanes mixed media installation, Absolute Körperkontrolle (DATE), which re-contextualises turn-of-the-century images of mountaineers and marathon dancers; Olivia Plenders comic book inspired by 1950s advertising illustrations, pulp fiction book jackets, horror film posters and 19th-century spirit photography. Simon Poppers personal exploration and reworking of James Joyces Ulysses with the text ordered alphabetically; Jamie Shovlins memorabilia assemblage of the legendary rock band Lustfaust, part of 1970s Berlin experimental music scene; a selection of Daniel Sinsels bold, visceral paintings, which often incorporate material objects; Long after tonight (DATE), a 16mm film recreating a classic Northern Soul night in a gothic revivalist church by Matt Stokes; Sue Tompkins carefully constructed and delicate wall based works and Bedwyr Williams humorous invitation Walk a mile in my shoes (2006) an installation born from his struggles to find large enough shoes for his size 13 feet.

In addition to the works in the galleries a presentation of live performance by the participating artists, ranging from the musical to the comedic through the poetic, will take place at the ICA on 22 April 2006.

The winner of BECKS FUTURES 2006 will be announced on 2 May 2006 and presented with an award of £20,000. The remaining artists will share a fund of £18,000.
BECKS FUTURES 2006 is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue is available from the ICA bookshop.

For further information please visit
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
Phone: 44 (0)20 7930 3647
Fax: 44 (0)20 7306 0122

* Stefan Brüggemann, Title # 287
** Stefan Brüggemann, Title # 477
***Stefan Brüggemann, Title # 146
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