The events and workshops we host are not what you might expect in an art gallery and include working with musicians, artists, film makers and performers. Hyperlink is an event we have been organising for months now and this is the last three weeks before it takes place 26–28 April in The Tanks at Tate Modern.
‘Six degrees of separation’ is the theme of the event, based on the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. Members of Tate Collective chose six different artists for the festival contributors to respond to, whether they are artists running workshops or performers like Sway or George the Poet performing on the day. We are excited to see what they come up with!
I’ve written a little about each of the artists to get you on board. Who are your favourites?
Ellen Gallagher produced the first image named DeLuxe which is a piece of art created using sixty individually framed small art works all including different messages with only similarities in colour and size. The images are from advertisements in magazines dating from the 1930s to the 1970s aimed at African American consumers.
The second piece of work is called The Death of Major Peirson, 6th of January by John Singleton Copley. This piece contrasts the work of Gallagher as it represents death, misery and many people grasping for life holding their last breath, and conveying Britishness is clear in this painting.
Interior with Waterlilies by Roy Litchenstein is the third work and shares similarities to the first in the experimentation with patterns as in Pop Art. Using basic household objects Litchenstein has produced a piece of work beautifying a typical bedroom setup.
Inflammatory Essays by Jenny Holzer is the fifth work of the six pieces of art which make-up the basis of Hyperlink. In this work there are various coloured backgrounds all displaying a piece of text which is exactly one hundred words and twenty lines long. The intention of having no pattern is apparent in this piece as although some colours are repeated more frequently than others maybe representing preference in the world we live in today. The piece combines art with literature.
The final piece of work Early One Morning is all about freedom of rhythms and configurations portrayed by Anthony Caro’s arrangement of planes and line across a horizontal axis. The individual parts of the work are clearly connected through the vibrant red colour and Caro believed that the pieces cohere like the relationship between notes in a piece of music.
Which artists or famous people might you know through six degrees of separation? We’d love to hear your stories!
Next week Tate Collective will be talking about the exciting free workshops* we are running for schools and community groups on Friday 26 April as part of the Hyperlink festival. Don’t forget to tune in!
Kori, Tate Collective
* If you’d like more details on the workshops available and how to book a group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org