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Blind Gallery – Graeme Durant

Friday 27 March 2015

Exhibition – 28 March – 24 April 2015

Produced with Bloc Projects for its third iteration, Blind Gallery presents new work by Graeme Durant.

Durant works in a wide range of media, often creating installations comprised of sculptural forms, collages, paintings, drawings and found everyday objects. The diverse elements arranged within his works draw reference from literature, art history, architecture and pop culture, brought together to invite altered perspectives on the times, ideas, and experiences they evoke.

Blind Gallery is a peripatetic, collaborative curatorial project by James Harper and Jo Marsh. Through a series of experimental, temporary exhibitions in gallery spaces based across the UK, Blind Gallery invites artists to develop work on or around a changing installation of domestic blinds. Durant’s new work for the show playfully responds to the commission, re-interpreting what a Blind Gallery might be. While one work piece plays on blindness and vision, others bring together with intentional humour such diverse references as the tale of the three blind mice, food and the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth.

For this exhibition, Durant’s work is also responsive to the gallery’s current state of being paused at a point of change, where parts of the building differ in appearance, lighting, material and structure.

Graeme Durant (b. 1987, North Shields) is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, where he is co-founder of art collective JAMBON. His recent exhibitions include When in Roam, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2014; Jambon January Sale, Newbridge Projects, Newcastle, 2014; Jesmonite on Paper, A3 Project Space, Birmingham, 2013 and The Gate of The Kiss, Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2013. Durant Graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Northumbria University, UK in 2009.

Harper&Marsh have worked together since 2013. The first two Blind Gallery exhibitions were shown at Undegun, Wrexham, 2014, and featured new work by Mike Jones and Harper & Marsh respectively. Their other projects include I Know You; You Can Come With Me, and …and other cautionary tales, which was shown as part of BamBamBam at The Royal Standard, Liverpool, earlier this year. James Harper studied curating at Chelsea College of Arts and Jo Marsh studied Fine Art at the University of Chester.

Photographs: Julian Lister.