23rd June and 7th July
New York based artist Alison Ward will be undertaking a residency at Islington Mill for 6 weeks this summer. Combining performance, video and sculpture Alison is known for creating scenarios that exist between the realms of comedy, violence and the uncanny. Influenced by Music Hall and Burlesque her performances involve a masked and costumed cast that embark on a series of performative actions from violence and overt sexuality to slapstick physical humor. In 1997 Alison created Tex and Trixie’s Vaudeville Show, which paved the way for the burgeoning of New York’s vaudeville and burlesque scene. In 2001 she began The Glamazons, a burlesque troupe challenging the norms of feminine beauty. Her latest project is The Ruffian Arms, whose a gender-bending punk aesthetic delights and challenges audiences on a variety of levels.
Past exhibitions have included the Queens Museum, The Dumbo Arts Center, the Bronx Museum, the CCCB Museum in Spain, RAW Space Gallery in Australia and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
In an exchange with Flux Factory Studios Alison will be swapping places with local artist and Salford resident Tom Watson. As part of her time in residence at Islington Mill Alison will be contributing to our weekly film and talks programme.
On the 23rd of June we will be hosting a welcome to the mill evening for Alison where she will present a selection of her previous work and introduce her plans for the residency.
On the 7th July Alison Ward and Shane Heinemeier will give a presentation on the work they have developed as part of FLUX Factory in New York including their recent Super G experience, their involvement with Maker Faire and the Night Market project
Super G info can be found here
Info on the Night Market can be found in this article
Maker faire here:
They will also introduce their new collaborative initiative titled Habitable Spaces. Habitable Spaces is a three-month project in rural Texas, in which six artists will be invited to create and inhabit sculptural structures in an experiment in collaborative and intuitive building processes informed by the needs and desires of the surrounding landscape and resources. The project will see all participating artists living off the grid in a self-sustaining environment.
Shane Heinemeier is a painter from San Antonio, Texas, whose work is an abstraction of the idea of landscape, and the method of landscape painting. He uses handmade tools to create works that while mechanical, still preserves the artist’s hand and an idea of intimacy. The idea of landscape as literal and as illusion are illustrated by the play between actual texture of the surface of the painting and simulated atmospheric depth. Heinemeier received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2007. He has shown at Joan Grona Gallery and Blue Star gallery in San Antontio, and the Dumbo Arts Center, English Kills Gallery, Flux Factory gallery and Studio 111 in New York.