Kenneth Anger, Sophie Macpherson, Colin Self and Clare Stephenson
20th January – 11th February 2012
Private view: Thursday 19th January, 6-9pm
The Hidden Noise is pleased to present its inaugural group show with British Pop Artist Colin Self, American experimental film pioneer Kenneth Anger and Glasgow based artists Sophie Macpherson and Clare Stephenson. ‘House of Yvonne’ mirthfully explores the communicative significance of dress, appropriation and movement, and is inspired by the recent collaborative performances by Macpherson and Stephenson, both of whom have been invited to develop new work responding to the Victorian domestic interior of The Hidden Noise.
The exhibition includes Kenneth Anger’s Puce Moment , a fragment from an abandoned film project that reflects his early fascination with the decadence of Hollywood. The film sequence captures the young starlet Yvonne Marquis dancing before the camera an array of shimmery flapper gowns (that belonged to Anger’s costume designer grandmother), finally deciding upon a puce sequin outfit to wear when taking several Borzoi dogs for a walk.
Similarly Sophie Macpherson’s new work draws on personal records to investigate subtle communications informing our notions of identity, and will present a number of original garments designed by Barbara Hulanicki for Biba, where Macpherson’s mother worked during the 1960’s.
In her recent collage works, Clare Stephenson’s androgynous grotesques present the collapse between work and life spheres in personified form. In a new departure, she will be presenting textile-based works, whose digital cut-and-paste designs will infuse the gallery setting with that ultimate symbol of aspiring decadence: the martini glass.
Lastly Colin Self’s exquisite coloured-pencil drawings of women from the 1960s reveal a disquieting isolation and passivity of his subjects. Self was fascinated by the ‘sham’ nature of art, entertainment and consumerism in the shadow of Cold War fears: ‘In weapons, warfare, broken laws and other causes of degeneration; entertainments, acts and escapisms which people then seem forced to invent to counteract the former.’
Supported by Arts Council England and Hope Scott Trust.
Kenneth Anger most iconic works include the classic Fireworks (1947), Eaux D’Artifice (1953), Rabbit´s Moon (1950-1973), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1964), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970–81). His work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial 2006, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York in 2009 and the Athens Biennial 2009.
Sophie Macpherson recently had a solo show at Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, following a number of residencies in Antwerp, New York and Finnish Lapland. Exhibitions include: ‘If Not Now’, Broadway 1602, New York; ‘Working Things’ Spike Island, Bristol; a two-person show at Laura Bartlett, London and ‘Open Field’, CCA, Glasgow and ‘Shoplifters, Shopgirls’, 2010 with Clare Stephenson, Tramway, Glasgow.
Colin Self is often celebrated as one of the most original and prolific British Pop Artists of the 1960s. Whilst often standing apart from the contemporary art world and market, his work continues to resonate with the concerns of the present day and the artists practicing within it. He was the subject of a solo retrospective exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester in 2008 and has work in a number of high collections including Tate and MOMA, New York.
Clare Stephenson is currently showing new work in a solo exhibition at Linn Luhn, Dusseldorf, following a period working in Amsterdam. Recent solo shows include Location One, New York (Scottish Arts Council Residency 2010), and She-Who-Presents, Spike Island, Bristol.