WEIGHTS&MEASURES is an exhibition of work from 38 emerging artists living and working in Leeds and will start Thursday 3rd May at Patrick Studios.
Venue: Patrick Studios
St Mary’s Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH.
Thursday 3rd May (6pm – 9pm)
Dates and Times:
Thursday 3rd – Thursday 10th May
(12pm – 6pm daily)
Note: The pieces on show range from illustration to installation, sculpture to video, but are united by a shared exploration of physical materiality in the artwork.
Weights and measures (The aesthetic scales are tipped in favour of the butterfly)
Aesthetic decisions can weigh heavily on both fine artists and their audiences, especially when it comes to making and receiving art through the intractable materiality of practice. These 38 second year fine art students have set out their stall to measure the aesthetic temperature of professional exhibition curation and in the balance seek to take the measure of what it is to be an emerging artist. Painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installation work is being tested and measured for creativity, inspiration, lightness of touch, weight of endeavour and visual effect. It is only to be hoped their aesthetic protractor rings true, and that as it seeks to measure and apportion taste, we don’t find it’s always set to the angle of perceived pain.
Take the measure of these works, take a load off your feet, sit down and deliberate; ponder on their ponderousness, weigh up their worth, and don’t forget their future lies in the balance and your consideration is all they ask. No money need be exchanged, no pound of flesh has to be put on the scale; it’s all for free, for your eyes only, as long of course that the scales have been removed.
Are these young artists punching above their weight are there any heavyweights amongst them? Have they melted down the gold and silver of refined poetry or just discovered lead in their alchemic artist’s search? Only the measured beat of time will tell.
Garry Barker, March 2012
For more information you can visit the weights and measures website: