Happy New Year!
If you are in southeast Great Britain, you’ll be able to see yet another exhibition in which the artist was inspired in part by W.G. Sebald. Tris Vonna-Michell: No more racing in circles — just pacing within lines of a rectangle will be on display from January 11 to March 20, 2010 at Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Here is only a part of the text about the exhibition provided by the gallery:
This exhibition is the artist’s first regional solo outing in the UK, and the result of a three-month residency period in Southend, which has been nurtured within the context of Focal Point Gallery and developed within the eastern region since 2008. The work it contains aims to extend Vonna-Michell’s set of narratives around the east coast (geographical connections abound between WG Sebald’s writing and the artist’s preoccupation with the political history of Germany, for instance), to become a rumination on the recent history of a town that’s currently undergoing a radical transformation through dramatic regeneration plans. Through a mixed media installation that combines photography, film, sound, performance and concrete poetry, Vonna-Michell scrambles his memory of various local landmark sites. During a recent journey in the Vonna-Michell family’s old black 1983 Mercedes 230E, the artist took photographic images of these places, and the semi-derelict modern classic car – which had previously been lying dormant in a garden for five years – re-emerges as the vehicle for the artist’s research trip around his early days.
Focal Point Gallery
Southend Central Library
Essex SS2 6EX