Join us on Thurs 17 April, 6.30 – 9pm, for the first look at Haggard Caravan which will include the only live performance by the artist and musician collaborative Solar Lice. Free admission.
About the Exhibition
Haggard Caravan is an experimental sound and sculpture installation conceived by Tobias Madison, Emanuel Rossetti and Stefan Tcherepnin in response to The Hepworth Wakefield’s new contemporary art space The Calder.
The project stems from their ongoing research in which collaborative strategies are used to disrupt and reflect on the processes of artistic creation. For Haggard Caravan Madison, Rossetti and Tcherepnin have collaborated with Jeanne Graff, Flavio Merlo, Gregory Ruppe and William Z Saunders, who complete the line-up for the group’s band Solar Lice.
Working across a wide range of media including sculpture, video, painting, music, text and photography, the group’s work engages with the gallery as both a production studio and a space for active engagement. The sculptural environment produced over ten days within The Calder has been made in direct response to the site's architecture, riverside setting and the histories embedded in this reclaimed building.
For Haggard Caravan the group are using The Calder as a space for collating and processing their experiences and time spent in Wakefield. The most physical manifestation of this idea will evolve in the form of a 30 metre long concrete 'painting' in which debris collected each day will become embedded in its surface.
Over the course of the group's ten days working in the space before Haggard Caravan opens, the concrete painting will gradually grow to obscure many of the gallery windows. Intensely illuminated wire mesh sculptures will further play on this idea of sculpture as a filter, drawing visitors' attention to the various gallery infrastructures.
Haggard Caravan will reflect on different sources of energy present in and around the space, in particular the kinetic energy of the river Calder in which the exhibition building sits. Following an opening-night performance by the group, the installation will be dominated by a new immersive site-specific sound work that layers digital noise produced with a Serge Modular Synthesizer and 'discarded sounds' which the group will be collecting in and around the gallery during the production of the exhibition. Lasting 40 minutes and timed to play as a series of 'sound screenings' on the hour throughout the day, visitors will be encouraged to engage with the piece from start to finish, allowing the sound to guide their movement through the installation.
The Calder is open 12 – 4.30pm Tues – Sun. Closed Mondays except for bank holidays and during local school holidays. Open until 8.30pm on the third Thursday of the month and for Wakefield ArtWalk.