ORDINARY / EXTRA / ORDINARY
15th May 2013 - 29th September 2013
The Public, West Bromwich
Ordinary / Extra / Ordinary has its origins in the idea that The Public is a place where visitors can encounter contemporary art that is accessible and which resonates with the familiar but extends and challenges perception at the same time. Rather than preaching about the value of art it celebrates the vitality, diversity and humour that art can embody.
The artists exhibiting have taken their inspiration from the grass roots of culture, from their own experiences in early life, folk and street art, politics and urban decay. Between them they ask questions about the globalisation of culture and the alienating effects of modern life which in different ways they counter by showing how creativity affirms the power of the individual.
Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Artists featured in the exhibition include;
- Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane – Folk Archive
A vibrant collection of contemporary popular British culture.
- Tracey Emin – Why I Never Became a Dancer
An autobiographical film about Emin’s adolescence, and her trials and anxieties of growing up in Margate.
- Martin Creed – Half the Air in a Given Space
The Turner Prize winning artists traps exactly half the air in a space inside 3000 balloons.
- David Shrigley – Animations
Three animations containing humorous drawings and hand written texts, that make witty and wry observations on the human condition.
- Hew Locke – Black Queen
A hugely oversize black head of the Queen covered in plastic toys.
- Vivan Sundaram – Gagwaka – Making Strange
Fashion designs made from recycled materials.
- Doug Fishbone – Man/Machine
Newly commissioned video installation taking inspiration from new technology used in airports and stores to manage the flow of pedestrian traffic in busy public areas.
- Lucy McLauchlan – New Commission
Newly commissioned installation by the Birmingham based artist, taking inspiration from found objects.
Gallery opening times:
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 11am – 3pm
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