Giorgio Sadotti Workshop 6 March 2017


Just a few photos from the preview last week, following on from the INAUGURATING INCANTATION performance…

Full documentation of the exhibition coming soon.
















To mark the opening of his solo exhibition here at the Gallery, Giorgio Sadotti led 80+ volunteers in an INAUGURATING INCANTATION. With the audience entering in silence and into near total darkness, the performance evoked the sense of a sort-of ritual taking place in a cave. Evidence of the performance has now been left in the space, creating an installation which will remain throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Thanks to all who came along to the preview, and special thanks to all the volunteers who took part in the performance.We couldn’t have done it without you!

Giorgio Sadotti will be giving a live lecture next week in Newton building’s lecture theatre (just across the road) – don’t miss it!

You can find out more about Giorgio’s exhibition here.

Opportunity: Volunteers wanted to take part in a performance by conceptual artist, Giorgio Sadotti 27 January 2017

Performance: 5 pm, Thursday 23 February (as part of the Preview event)

Rehearsal: 3 pm, Thursday 23 February

Bonington Gallery is looking for 84 volunteers to take part in a performance that will take place on the opening night of our next exhibition by artist Giorgio Sadotti.

The performance itself is simple and will last a matter of minutes. It doesn’t require much rehearsal beyond a short meeting and rehearsal prior to performance in the afternoon, and doesn’t require individuals to have any prior performing experience.

Performers will help create a physical installation in the Gallery that will remain in place for the duration of the exhibition (until Friday 31 March 2017).

Please email with the subject heading ‘Giorgio Sadotti Performance’ to register your interest and/or find out more information.

All Men By Nature Desire To Know: PREVIEW: In Photos 16 January 2017



Accidental (but amazing) colour-matching between Stefania Batoeva’s new work, NEVERSLEEPNEVERDIE II and a visitor’s outfit.



Stefania Batoeva produced two new paintings for the show: NEVERSLEEPNEVERDIEII, 2016 and NEVERSLEEPNEVERDIEIII, 2016


A visitor examining the text of Alan Michael’s new work, Today is, 2017.



Stefania Batoeva (right), talks to visitors in front of her work in the show.


Exhibition curator Joshua Lockwood (left) with exhibition visitors and artist Flora Klein (right).


Our friend Leon Sadler (co-curator of Mould Map 6: Terraformers) also paid a visit to the preview.




Audrey Reynolds with her work: (clockwise from top) 1458, 2013-2016; A Sitting, 2016; Curbelow, 2016


Joshua Lockwood and exhibiting artist Alan Michael, in front of Flora Klein’s Untitled (blue), 2017.
All Men By Nature Desire To Know is now open! Drop by Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm to see the work for yourself! (Full documentation of the show coming soon)

Exhibition explores the evolution of painting 16 January 2017

The history of painting will be explored in a new exhibition of four contemporary artists whose work broadens and challenges our understanding of the traditional medium. All Men By Nature Desire to Know – at Bonington Gallery from Friday 13 January to Friday 17 February – will present a variety of works which examine the evolution of the art form and reflect how it’s been influenced over time. The exhibition – curated by Nottingham-based artist Joshua Lockwood – features works by Stefania Batoeva, Flora Klein, Audrey Reynolds and Alan Michael. There will be an accompanying text by Rachal Bradley.

“Painting is the world’s oldest art form and hasn’t died out by any means,” says Josh. “It has changed considerably through history and is used in different ways today than used to be. Today there are many ways to create an image, instantly and with more simplicity than by painting. Contemporary painters adopt these new modes of image making to inform their painting, opening up dialogues of their position within the present.

“Technological development, such as photography and more, has made painting more indefinite, allowing the movement of painting towards abstract art, transgressing Western painting historically of being the art of representation.

“Painting is quite a difficult medium as it demands your full attention. You can look at a painting for five seconds or hours in the action of analysis. As such it can be hard for viewers to unpack for we are used to seeing imagery taken through a lens.

“This exhibition brings together four contemporary practitioners who are working today, adding to the continuing narrative of the medium of painting. Influences from the past are absorbed and rejected creating a fresh reality for each painting.”

The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.

Image: Joshua Lockwood in the Gallery, in front of two new works by Stefania Batoeva.

All Men By Nature Desire To Know: Featured Artist: Alan Michael 11 January 2017

Alan Michael was born in 1967 in Paisley, Scotland, he now lives and works in London.


Michael’s paintings are often photorealistic renderings of everyday objects, taken from obscure reference photos – or film stills as is the case with his latest work included in All Men By Nature Desire To Know.


The other side to Michael’s work includes text-based paintings which also borrow from varied reference points – including brand names and pop culture references – as well as referring to other artworks and art movements. 

All of Michael’s work seems to hone in on meticulous details, but the meaning behind the paintings is harder to pin down. The mix of text and imagery sometimes seem to be at odds with each other, or at least have little obvious links. Still, the works draw the viewer in; inviting you to try and unpick them and the intentions of the painter.


Alan Michael has produced new works specifically for All Men By Nature Desire To Know. Here are a couple of sneak peeks:



Recent solo exhibitions include:

» About a work #9, Galeria Zero, Milan, 2015

» P.A, Vilma Gold, London, 2014

» Calvinistic Girls, High Art, Paris, 2014

Recent group exhibitions include:

» Dead Ends, curated by Kari Rittenbach at 1001 44th Rd, New York City, 2016

» Le Bourgeois, 3236RLS, London

» The Painting Show, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016

» Attachments and Assignations, Cubitt, London, 2014

Images: Rose Clouds of Holocaust, Pervert, Fone, 2014, silkscreen, oil and acrylic on canvas, 173 x 124 cm; A Troll, 2015, laser copies mounted on canvas, 75 x 105 cm; A Rainbow, 2016, oil on canvas, 84 x 59 cm; details of two new works included in All Men By Nature Desire To Know


All Men By Nature Desire To Know: Featured Artist: Flora Klein 7 January 2017

Flora Klein was born in 1988 Bern, Switzerland, she currently lives and works in Berlin. She Graduated with a BA in Fine Arts at ECAL, Lausanne in 2013.


Layers of acrylics are used to build up abstract blocks of colour with contrasting strands spreading across the top of the base layers like ribbons. Although Klein’s work is easy to identify in style (the paintings often share a palette of bold oranges, browns and reds, and recurring lines and shapes can also be found between the works), none of the works have a clear subject or even a main focal point. 

As a result, a lot of the meaning is left up to the viewer – the paintings don’t immediately suggest a clear emotion, are neither masculine or feminine, and the titles don’t give many clues either…

Find out more about Flora’s recent exhibitions:

Solo exhibitions:

» Flora Klein, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf and Oracle, Berlin, 2016.

Group exhibitions include:

» Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, 2016;

» Undisturbed Solitude, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, 2016

» Stuttgart, Francesca Pia, Zürich, 2016

For this exhibition, Flora will be showing new works which have not been seen in the UK before.

Image: The Sex, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 145 x 110 cm

Install Sneak Peeks... 6 January 2017

Ahead of the preview of All Men By Nature Desire To Know next Thursday, check out some install shots for a sneak peek at the new work in the show…


Delicate install by Ollie of a new carpet installation work from Audrey Reynolds


All Men By Nature Desire To Know curator Joshua Lockwood and curator Tom Godfrey in the space this morning


Trainer details (Joshua Lockwood) on Audrey Reynolds’ installation work


Tom moving a new painting from Stefania Batoeva


Tom and Joshua having a discussion in the Gallery, with new works by Stefania Batoeva in the background

Details of paintings by Stefania Batoeva…:



…and some sneak peeks of work by Flora Klein…:



…and another work by Audrey Reynolds. What is it?


We recently had our lighting rig load tested, too…


The install continues next week when we receive new works by Alan Michael. Stay tuned…

Featured news
Review: Time, Motion & A Piano: SHAPELESS IMPACT NOT TIME SLOW IS (FLITS BY) 3 March 2017

Mark Patterson reviews Giorgio Sadotti’s solo exhibition for the Nottingham Post’s Entertainment Guide. Featuring thoughts from Giorgio, the review also  includes more about the background and aims of the exhibition, as well as Giorgio’s time spent studying here at NTU.

Download the PDF.

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