The Shipwreck | with curator Owen Griffiths

The Shipwreck | Aled Simons | Photography credit: Inger Richenberg

18 Jan 2012
A recorded excerpt from: Owen Griffiths’ talk to students from the University of Wales in Cardiff.  In this brief excerpt Owen Griffiths talks about his curatorial relationship with the artist Aled Simons.

[apologies for colourful language] 

If this has you interested in knowing more about The Shipwreck, an ‘in conversation’ with Owen Griffiths and Aled Simons will take place 2pm on Saturday [21st Jan 2012] at Supersaurus studio, Madison House, 34 Orchard Street, Swansea, SA1 5AW. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Supersaurus is two minutes walk from Swansea Train Station. It is situated on the ground floor of a block of flats with red railings outside (and balconies above). The studio is on Orchard Street which runs parallel to Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Map

R-L Amanda Roderick, Owen Griffiths, Hannah Kelly | Photography credit: Inger Richenberg

The Shipwreck

A two-week exhibition offered to Aled Simons to go beyond the boundaries of his practice; we’re delighted with The Shipwreck and the public’s response.

Winner of Welsh Artist of the Year Mixed Media Award 2011, Aled Simons, is predominantly known for his use of collage, screen print, digital media, musical performance and humour to explore the converging of the unfamiliar within the familiar. A focus on experiences, memories and past, leads to the contemplation of unknown futures and perceived constants at times cultivating a post apocalyptic atmosphere. Imagery can be recognised as Ten Thousand Yen label’s initial run of screen printed records; Aled Simons is a former Swansea Metropolitan University student and is based in Swansea and part of the Artist & Studio Collective, Supersaurus.

Centering around a collective perception and experience of past, present and future ‘The Shipwreck’ is a collection of found discarded household doors.  These universally recognizable features create corridors and pathways, the evidence of their previous lives form a landscape of universal space, history and memories.  The process focuses on the notion of a constant search.  Reclaiming and re-forming.  Surrounding ones self with collections and fragments of the past to create a new, universal whole.  Illuminating forgotten dreams, reuniting old friends and foretelling the apocalypse.

Owen Griffiths curator of The Shipwreck talking to UWIC students | Photography credit: Inger Richenberg



Reggie’s Roller Palace | Olivia Brown

If you haven’t had chance to visit Reggie’s Roller Palace; you have until 8 Jan!
There are endless reasons why we think you should visit, but here’s what the public have to say;
“…an inspired idea”
“Brilliant! Best thing I’ve ever seen!”
“Best exhibition yet!”
“Amazing; had a woofing time!”
“Love it! What fun & imagination”
“Absolute genius!”
“Really witty and uplifting; summing up our relationship with animals”
“The best installation I have ever seen!”
“We luv Reggie!”
…of course we have to agree with all of the above! We love Reggie too!
So do the Crafts Council and BBC
Amongst our [many] visitors to write about their experience were Photo Tales, South Wales Evening Post. If you drop by, be sure to let us know in the visitor book or write and tell us what you thought of the exhibition!

Natalia Dias | Vida e Morte

development | boundaries | risk

Natalia Dias recently had a solo exhibition, Transfigurations at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Here Natalia presented the video work, ‘Vida e Morte’.

Mission Gallery have given Natalia the opportunity to explore this idea further and bring this piece alive. The ceramic used for Vida e Morte possesses an ephemeral quality giving the work an imminent and destructive end, leaving ash as the only remains. At Mission Gallery, Natalia will combine the[…]space and Maker in Focus to give the viewer a real-time experience of Vida e Morte which expresses the brittle transience of life and its humble beauty, from the minute of its installation to its imminent end.

Discussing the work further, Hannah had this to say;

I discovered Natalia’s work during the 2009 degree show at University of Wales in Cardiff. The installation showed enormous potential and through this we established and maintained a dialogue about her work and the subsequent developments. It has been a pleasure to see Natalia achieve successful solo exhibitions and win the Applied Art Gold Medal at National Eisteddfod Wales 2010. Natalia is a process driven artist. She has been incubating the idea of Vida e Morte since University and I’m delighted to see it finally being presented to the public. Mission Gallery is about blurring the boundaries that exist between fine art and craft and taking a risk on new ideas. It’s a concept that Natalia has openly embraced, taking on the challenge of exploring her video as installation, unsure if the outcome will be a success until in situ; I’m looking forward to seeing where this exploration leads Natalia next. – Hannah Kelly, Gallery Development Officer

Vida e Morte: video & installation at Mission Gallery 3 – 31 Oct 2011. Be sure to visit more than once to see how the installation meets its imminent end.