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Bankley Studios & Gallery
Bankley Street, M19 3PP Manchester, United Kingdom
13-22 July 2018
Preview: 6-9pm, Friday 13th July 2018
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm
Artists: Nancy Allen, Katrina Cowling, Rose Nicholas, Genevieve Slater and Emily Woolley.
Prop me up is presented by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes under the moniker show.me.up
The exhibition features five artists exploring the narrative and theatrics of making by using performative constructs within staged environments to create a flux between reality and illusion. Props highlight the absurdity of their own structure and commentary with work that physically holds itself up, mimicking and distorting its own sensibility. Within the works teeters fragility and a softness that balances on rigid edges. Throughout the show kinetic elements are echoed by graphic representations of cartoonised motion. There are hints of exaggerated functionality and furniture from the everyday, elevated to administer theatrics and action, evoking presence yet absent of the puppeteer.
More on the artists:
Nancy Allen lives and works in London. Holds a BA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art (2014).Solo exhibitions include; What a Time to be Alive, The Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions
(B.A.E.S), Deptford (2016) and The Nancy Allen Show, Nice Gallery, London (2015). Selected recent group exhibitions; Inside Out, AlternativeTV, Deptford High Street, London; Exeter Contemporary
Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (2018); Here/Now, Phillips Staff Show, London (2017); Standing in the Shade, Mile End Art Pavilion, London (2016). Selected residencies include; PACTO residency, Athens (2017); MilesKm, La Rioja, Spain; Grizedale Sculpture (2014). nancy-allen.co.uk
Katrina Cowling lives and works in West Yorkshire. Holds a BA in Fine Art from Falmouth University (2013). Solo exhibitions include; Scantily Clad, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds
(2016); Pale Lithics, Henderson Gallery, Nottingham (2017). Selected group shows include; EBC020,East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (2018); Fidelity Flop, Near Source, Leeds (2017); Nyspace #4, Nyspace, Manchester; On To The Next, Muesli, Liverpool (2016).katrinacowling.co.uk
Rose Nicholas lives and works in London. Holds a BA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art (2016). Selected group exhibitions include; Art Retreat Prize, Shortlisted; Find The Start, Copeland Park Gallery, London (2016); Kingsley Hall, Feral Space (2015); It’s a Pleasure, Greyhound Gallery (2016). rosenicholas.com
Genevieve Slater lives and works in Manchester. Holds a BFA from Slade school of Fine Art (2016). Selected group shows; More Gas, Assembly House, Leeds; La Diablesse, 15f Micawber St. London;
Spotlight 2017, Searcys, The Gherkin, London (2017); 40x40, GX Gallery, London; Flock, GX Gallery, London; Hix Award, Unit London (2016); Slam Fridays, Pelican, London (2014).
Emily Woolley lives and works in London. Holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University (2015) and is a current member of School of the Damned. Solo exhibition; Protean, BAES, London (2017). Selected group shows include; Super Yonic Women's Art Festival, Copeland Gallery, London; School is now in session, Is This It, online exhibition; Baesquit, BAES, London (2017); Perpetual Inventory II, BAES, London (2016); Surface Intimacy, Limbo space, London (2015); Reverb, DIG space, London; Rounds, Art Licks Weekend, London; Friday Late: Art Licks X V&A, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2014). cargocollective.com/EmilyWoolley