Across the summer at Kettle’s Yard on Castle Street, as their multi-million pound redevelopment work continues, visitors to the house and gallery will be able to enjoy ongoing work by this year’s associate artists, Matei Bejenaru, Matthew Darbyshire, Lorna Macintyre and Jeremy Millar. They will be displaying their work alongside objects, artworks and archive materials they have each individually selected from the Kettle’s Yard archives.
Bejenaru is interested in old technologies and has selected an unusual photograph that Alfred Stieglitz sent to Kettle’s Yard founder Jim Ede in the early 1930s. He has made a connection between the image and a poem by a famous Romanian poet, and will be producing cards for visitors to take away.
Lorna Macintyre is looking at the way Constantin Brancusi used photography to depict his own sculptures but also his studio, and the play of light on surfaces and objects. She is making new work that draws on her own photographs of Brancusi’s studio and Kettle’s Yard, exploring their approaches and melding this with her own exploration of photographic processes. In September only, Macintyre will also install a work in St Peter’s Church, next door to Kettle’s Yard. Across the summer, Macintyre is keeping a visual sketchbook which will be viewable through Kettle’s Yard’s new blog site, www.kettlesyardonline.co.uk
Matthew Darbyshire is making a series of works that cast a new light on the way in which the aesthetic lessons of Kettle’s Yard are absorbed and regurgitated in mass produced contemporary design. He is also working on an alternative tour of the house which will be launched through the new blog site.
Jeremy Millar will present a new film shot earlier this year in a sawmill on the outskirts of Prague. He discovered that the Czech author Franz Kafka had a day job writing health and safety documents for an insurance company, and his film includes the narration of a text written by Kafka on Accident Prevention Regulations in the Use of Wood-Planing Machines. Millar is keen to draw attention to Ede’s unconventional use of wood and other natural materials such as plinths or adapted furniture at Kettle’s Yard.
Associate Artists at Kettle’s Yard, until 23 September. Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, T: 01223 Follow the artists’ progress online at www.kettlesyardonline.co.uk