SYSON PROJECTS: BECK STREET 2013-2015

Between 2013 - 2015 curator Jennie Syson ran the gallery as a project space on Beck Street, Nottingham. The programme comprised a series of group exhibitions and solo projects, supported by Antenna Media Centre. This page is an archive of those projects. for more comprehensive documentation please contact the gallery.



STRANGE BUSINESS

24 July – 19 September, 2014

Gordon Dalton, Emily Speed, Yelena Popova, Oliver Raymond Barker, Lois Gardner Sabet, Anneliese Krueger, Oliver Tirre.

This exhibition featured works using a traditional yet versatile type of painting, which is often overlooked or perceived as old fashioned. Watercolours in this exhibition comprise studies of opacity and transparency, and explore colour saturation, site specificity, found objects and sculptural forms.



INTERFACE: LIAM AITKEN

28 March – 6 June, 2014

Solo exhibition with Liam Aitken presenting experiments in colour, composition and the act of seeing. Aitken practice encompasses mixed media sculptures, digital drawings and paintings of geometric patterns made in response to autobiographical experiences, points in history, landscape, iconic architecture or natural phenomena.


THE FAMILY BIBLE & OTHER FABLES: WORKS FROM THE ROBERT HOLCOMBE COLLECTION
28 March – 6 June, 2014


A collection of works by Robert Holcombe, dating back to 1948. This exhibition is part of a renewed interest in the artist following the public visibility of his work, which was known only to a few correspondents and friends prior to his death in 2003. SYSON presented a range of these newly discovered collage works, plotting an alternative history through various art movements of the twentieth century, from Modernism and Surrealism to Pop and Land Art.


PLEASURE VOYAGE: CANDICE JACOBS

27 September – 23 November

Pleasure Voyage comprised a collection of new work by Candice Jacobs. This solo exhibition at SYSON explored the role of gender in the space between work, leisure, escapism and capitalism. Featuring film, performance and installation, Pleasure Voyage examined the ultimate in feminine aesthetic and nostalgic design through scalloped bikinis, Ibiza Chill Out albums, marble and gold and the neon glare of the spa experience.


GOLDEN SUNRISE:
A sleeping upright project at Antenna
Laura Aldridge, Gabrielle Beveridge, Josephine Callaghan, Kitty Clarke, Candice Jacobs, Mel Nguyen and Zoe Williams.

To accompany the solo exhibition at SYSON, Candice Jacobs also presented a new incarnation of her online curated project, Sleeping Upright, next door at Antenna. Jacobs collaborates with artists to create new work concerned with connections between the Internet, boredom, value, repetition and meaning. Golden Sunrise was an all female online exhibition and which was also part of PAMI (Peckham Moving Image Festival 19-22 Sept.) www.sleepingupright.com



RELIQUARY
21 June – 23 August, 2013
TOMAS CHAFFE, OLIVER TIRRE, LOIS GARDNER SABET, LAUREN O’GRADY, ANDREW BRACEY

This exhibition examined how contemporary artists approach objects as containers – as a reliquary contains objects of devotion – vessel like containers and even shelf like structures made by sculptors often evoke or suggest the same hint at the possibility of containing or presenting something desirable. As nineteenth century collectors’ cabinets of curiosity held special and totemic items: artists, curators and collectors still maintain a desire to contain and present beautiful objects within vessels. The picture frame itself, or the pages of a book could also be described as a container for object veneration.


OUT OF THIS WORLD

14 MARCH – 31ST MAY 2013
JOHN NEWLING. CANDICE JACOBS, YELENA POPOVA, BLUE FIRTH, MATEUS DOMINGOS,   ALEXANDER STEVENSON, KASHIF NADIM CHAUDRY, BRUCE ASBESTOS, GEOFF DIEGO LITHERLAND

This inaugural two-part exhibition presented work which examined feelings of otherworldliness, being out of place, or somehow foreign, alien or in a strange place. The term also can paradoxically mean sublimely beautiful or extremely valuable. Part I of the gallery’s inaugural programme featured painting and part II featured film & video, sound installation, sculpture and limited edition prints.