The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 30, 2016

New film works offer portal to the past
The Impossibility Of Living In The Present on Vimeo.
WOLVERHAMPTON.- Two short films by Malvern-based artist Stuart Layton have gone on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (29 June – 14 September 2013). The films, The Devils Haircut and The Impossibility of Living in the Present form part of an as-yet incomplete trilogy entitled, You’ll Never Work in this Town Again.

Using found footage, Stuart Layton’s films act as a touchstone to our recent past, incorporating fragments of information and memory such as passing comments and passers-by. His work weaves a narrative which is rich in humour, pathos and nostalgia. Starting on a local and intimate scale, Layton’s films ultimately comes to represent something more profound and global.

The first film, The Devil’s Haircut (2013) (6 minutes 37 seconds), concerns the legend of a local barber, Dave ‘the Butcher of Baghdad’ who, had he not needed to flee his country, may have fulfilled his ambition of becoming a famous ballet dancer. The second film, The Impossibility of Living in the Present (2012) (3 minutes 39 seconds), offers snapshots of characters and pastimes from local working-class communities torn apart by the political context of the 1970s and 1980s.

Curator Jane Morrow commented: “Wolverhampton Art Gallery is committed to exhibiting artwork that reflects both the light and dark tones of popular culture and how we are shaped by our surroundings. Stuart’s films encapsulate this perfectly. We are very pleased to be supporting Stuart, who is a very exciting local artist at an interesting point in his career.”

Stuart Layton graduated from the University of Worcester in 2012, and is due to begin his MA at the Royal College of Art in September this year. In April 2013, Layton was named a runner-up in the award exhibition New Art West Midlands, and received a bursary to create new work for the exhibition.

Today's News

August 19, 2013

MoMA opens survey of works from the first half of the 20th century by more than 50 artists

Five Pablo Picasso murals at heart of debate after Anders Behring Breivik bombing

Iconic Southern California Museum unveils plan for a stunning sculptured metal exterior

The most expensive road car ever sold at auction: 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider sells for $27.5 million

A former assistant to artist Jasper Johns has been charged with stealing 22 works

Global expert says art collectors reach out for "best-of-best" antique Oriental rugs

The photography collection of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt receives a significant addition to its holdings

Mullin Automotive Museum to present 'The Art of Bugatti' exhibition in Spring 2014

New Maine specialty plate with artwork by Robert Indiana to support the arts in the state

Legacy of The Sisters of St. Ann celebrated at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Love at First site: Exhibition of paintings by Greg Miller on view at William Turner Gallery

Louisiana Contemporary among new exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Outpost by the Indian artist Samar Singh Jodha on view at Arsenale Novissimo

Super Dakota: Damien Bertelle-Rogier set to open new gallery space in Brussels

New film works offer portal to the past

Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art, Duisburg exhibits the work of Eberhard Havekost

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents "Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind"

Snake festival charms villagers in east India

Dreamworks Animation: Celebrating twenty years of friendly ogres and flying dragons

Energy of Time: Concentric Viewings by Paolo Mazzanti on view at Palazzo Lazzarini

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published

2.- Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge from British Vogue centenary issue acquired by National Portrait Gallery

3.- Foam presents spectacular exhibition of work by Helmut Newton

4.- After 30 years "hidden in plain sight," still life painting is identified as a Gauguin; artwork is highlight of sale

5.- Smithsonian releases Learning Lab for everyone to use museum resources

6.- Angst and deep pockets show state of art market in 47th edition of Art Basel

7.- Christo exhibition falls victim to own success

8.- Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale totals $151.9 million

9.- The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective

10.- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores Caravaggio and the painters of the north

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful