CATALOGUE: H, J.
OUTPOST Gallery, 10b Wensum Street, NR3 1 HR
2pm, Sunday 23rd March 2014
Catalogue film screening followed by ‘Sound-Poetry Alphabets’
Gallery conversation with Holly Antrum, Jeremy Noel-Tod, and Jonathan P Watts
Catalogue (2012-14) is the outcome of a collaboration between Holly Antrum and Jennifer Pike Cobbing. Aimed at being a film ‘with’ rather than ‘about’, Antrum invited Jennifer Pike to present herself and her work. Filming took place in her former London home and at Camden Arts Centre. In an exchange between their two practices, speaking and filming enlist as performances, documentation, sound, improvisation, image distortion, and dance, revealing shared interests.
The film features sound from Bow Gamelan Ensemble and Jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill, peers of Pike-Cobbing. Funded by the Elephant Trust and Arts Council England.
Holly Antrum (born 1983, London), is an artist and filmmaker working primarily with 16mm as well as print. The personal connections in her films explore our expectation towards the ‘poetic’ schools of artist’s analogue filmmaking whilst working within conditions that are now predominantly digital and ‘public’.
Recent exhibitions include ABC in Sound, Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool, Flatness (Online flatness.eu/summer-2013), In the House of Mr and Mrs X, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Moda WK , Vane, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (all 2013). She graduated from Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Forthcoming includes her first solo exhibition, Grand Union in Birmingham, June 2014. She currently lives and works in London.
Jennifer Pike worked across media until recent years; in addition to abstract imagery in painting, photographic and digital formats, it included performances using her body as a word-surface and obstruction, ranging from costumed dancing with simple props within readings, to raps and collage composed on her Applemac. She was the wife and oft- collaborator of Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) who was the major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain. After his death she took up the reigns in performing selections from his seminal work ‘ABC in Sound’ (1964), which forms a part of Catalogue. Jennifer is an active and extraordinary creative 93 year old, now living in Bristol, who still occasionally appears for performances.
She exhibited in The Materialisation of Language - Woman betwixt Word and Image, Venice Biennale, 1978, amongst numerous artist-initiated exhibitions in London and the UK from the 1960’s forwards. Two catalogues of her work were compiled ‘Scrunch’ and ‘The Conglomerization of Wot’, published by Veer Books in 2010.
Jeremy Noel-Tod is Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He co-edited The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2013) and is the regular poetry reviewer at The Sunday Times. He is also the poetry editor of the Cambridge Literary Review and an associate editor of Eggbox Publishing in Norwich.
Jonathan P Watts is a writer and critic based in London. He is a regular contributor to Frieze magazine, and has written for Art Monthly and Cura. Recently he contributed to a monograph on Ryan Gander that accompanies his touring exhibition ‘Culturefield’. Last year he coordinated the exhibition ‘Inherent Vice’ as part of Peckham Artists’ Moving Image.
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