S1 Artspace

For Art Sheffield 2010 – Life: A User’s Manual S1 Artspace presented  a solo exhibition of new commissioned work by Haegue Yang. One of Ruth Ewan’s six collectable postcards was also available to collect from this venue.

Click here to see images of the work in situ (link to Flickr.com)

Click here to watch the video podcast for S1 Artspace, which features Haegue Yang talking about her work Intro Motion Ditch.

Haegue Yang
Intro Motion Ditch, 2010

Haegue Yang works with various media, ranging from large-scale sensorial installations to juxtaposed graphic works, semi-documentary photographic pieces to small-scale objects. Despite her diverse range of media our attention is captured by her continuous conceptual focus on the notion of abstraction, even if an underlying sentiment manifests quite specific narratives, such as her subjective reflection on specific historical figures or concrete domestic environments. This particular language of abstraction is characterised often by utilising the sensorial aspects of devices such as moving lights, scent emitters, fans and so on, which enable the artist to translate her narratives into physical experiences in space.

She showed a newly commissioned piece, which embraced her previous interest in emotional and sensorial translation. It required her to trespass upon nationalism, patriarchal society as well as recognised human conditions, elaborated with an artistic strategy of abstraction and affect.

Born 1971, Seoul, Korea
Lives in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, Korea

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation
Image credit: Gymnastics of the Foldables, Haegue Yang, 2006. Commissioned by If I can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution. Courtesy of Gallerie Barbara Wien, Berlin

At Site & Collectable postcards available free at each venue:

Ruth Ewan
Moderately Wrathful, 2010

Through manipulated or redirected situations Ruth Ewan’s projects bring lesser-known histories back into circulation. Working with print, performance and installation she examines the ways in which individuals and groups have utilised creative forms in an attempt to redefine their world.

Developed for Art Sheffield 2010 – Life: A User’s Manual, drawing on Sheffield’s radical history, Moderately Wrathful consists of a series of images distributed via all Art Sheffield venues. In a pamphlet published by Sheffield’s Holberry Society, a man called Sam Holmes describes how, at the age of 14, upon becoming a builder’s apprentice, he was presented with a copy of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914) by Robert Tressell (1870-1911). Holmes refers to the giving of this particular novel as a common gesture towards new apprentices, not only as a welcoming gift but also a handbook of sorts. Referencing the work of Robert Tressell, Moderately Wrathfulcombines images and text, cross referencing polemic extracts from Tressell’s novel, with several lesser-known drawings by the author of early aircrafts and hot air balloons.

Born in1980, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Lives in London, UK

Supported by the Yorkshire Artspace Residency Programme
Image credit: Fire Balloon, Robert Tressell, 1902, Courtesy The Robert Tressell Family Papers

Video Podcast for S1 Artspace

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