Nottingham, United Kingdom—Saturday July 12, 2014 is the last chance to view Transart faculty member and advisor Michael Bowdidge’s exhibition Space Invaders at Mik’s Front Room.
Space Invaders features a series of small sculptures and an accompanying suite of digital images exploring the representational possibilities of such disparate material as the early twentieth century model construction set, Meccano; Googly eyes craft supplies, small clear plastic shells with smaller black plastic disks within used to imitate eyeballs; and simple fishing line. Inspired by toys and cartoons as well as the notion that “the invasion of space” is the central mission of contemporary sculpture, this recent body of work evokes the anthropomorphic, the surreal and the out of place. The exhibition also marks the debut of a multitrack sound sculpture featuring recordings of a dripping cistern.
Michael Bowdidge, PhD is an artist, researcher and educator who works with found objects, images and sound. He earned an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Middlesex Polytechnic (now Middlesex University), London in 1989 and completed his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Bowdidge’s doctoral research investigated the possibilities and context of contemporary sculptural assemblage considered in relation to the later philosophy of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin. Bowdidge has taught at Transart since 2008 and currently supervises post-graduate and doctoral students while also playing an active role as a consultant and workshop artist at Whale Arts in Edinburgh and Slumgothic in Lincolnshire. He exhibits regularly nationally and internationally and is represented by Bendintheriver.
Mik’s Front Room is a multifaceted platform for contemporary art in Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Michael Bowdidge: Space Invaders
Mik’s Front Room/ Primary: 33 Seely Road, NG7 1NU Nottingham, United Kingdom
On view through July 12, 2014
Open Saturdays 12 noon to 6 pm and by appointment