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Artist in Residence 2017

09.06.2017

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Giles Round (b. 1976) lives and works in London, United Kingdom. He graduated from a BA at Middlesex and subsequently an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. His works are dense with historical references, often comic and materially various. Giles creates sculptures and assemblages composed of an array of materials, which includes ready made and ceramic objects, architectural screens and paintings. In his exhibitions he arranges these objects so as to divide space and invite a directed movement around a room. He appropriates craft and design into an art context in an attempt to collapse the hierarchies of applied and fine arts. More mischevous undertones are often camouflaged by safe and interior aesthetics.A firm believer that design and architecture play an active role in well-being, Giles’ work uses these tactics to create immersive and thought-provoking viewer experiences.

Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include: They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Design Work Leisure, part of ‘Underline’, Art on the Underground, London, (2015–2016); Printshop!, with Edwin Pickstone, Tramway, Glasgow, (2016); Ettore. Sorry!, J.W.Anderson Workshops, London, (2016); Ljubljana, 1955, Galerija Jakopič, part of Over you/you, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, (2015); AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, YOUNG TEAM, London, (2015); The Grantchester Pottery paints the stage, Jerwood Visual Arts, London, (2015)

Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther.

curated by Eva von Ingram Harpf

OPENING: 18.07.2017

Exh. Opening Hours:   Wednesday, 19.07 – Friday, 21.07.2017 from 3-7pm and until August 14.08.2017 open by appointment

Lindsay Lawson
Jimena Mendoza
Giles Round

Taking its title from Samuel Beckett’s fascination with the South Tyrolian Middle High German lyric poet Walther von der Vogelweide, Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther. is the third exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency.

This year’s artists in residence, Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982), Jimena Mendoza (b. 1979) and Giles Round (b. 1976) will exhibit a selection of the over one hundred artworks they made during their stay in Bolzano throughout the past two months. Similar to previous iterations, the artists drew influence from their unique surroundings. Ranging from the rocky cliffs rising above the city, to excursions which led them to discover cultural peculiarities from Val Gardena to Verona, the exhibited works are a condensation of their own individual practices mixed with their experiences whilst in residence at THUN.

These year’s exhibition venues tie in closely with the history of the ceramic company: situated opposite of each other on a curvy road in Aslago/Haslach is the first ever showroom of THUN ceramics, operating from 1965-1990, as well as the St. Gertrude Chapel, a sanctuary built in 1777.

When Samuel Beckett writes the sentence Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther. in his short story ‘The Calmative’, he borrows the image of the thinking poet, who famously was depicted in just such a pose whilst contemplating about the fundamental questions of human consciousness.

Language can often prove powerful, yet needing definition it mints an image. It is exactly these images that the three artists provide to this year’s audience.

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