Core

Venue: Union Works, Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Curators: Caroline Jones, Tessa McArthur
Date: 15th September 2006


Co-exhibitors:

Massimo Bartolini, Angela Conner, Anya Gallaccio, Andy Harper, Caroline Jones, Mileece, Thomas Nicolai, Kevin O'Brien, Julius Popp, Michael Sailstorfer, Neil Stewart, Keith Bowler

CORE brings together a diverse group of international artists exploring the contemporary context of ideas and experiences of the natural elements and redefining artistic practice in the 21st century. Making site-specific work, artists will both explore the chemical and physical change of matter and act as a physical entity in contact with the elements – opening themselves to embrace time and nature in all traces and chance happenings. In creating a simulacrum of natural phenomena, artists will construct a unique sense of time and place.

How do contemporary artists frame their experience of the natural elements? This exhibition proposes to examine different approaches and possibilities, responding through sculpture, painting, film installation and sound.

The artists explored the chemical and physical change of matter and acted as a physical entity in contact with the elements - opening themselves to embrace time and nature in all traces and chance happenings. In creating a simulacrum of natural phenomena the artists constructed a unique sense of time and place. CORE was held at Union Works, a disused factory on the South Bank, chosen for its unique energy, vast size, temporal structure and historical site - Union Works houses the site of the last remaining bear-baiting arena from the 1680s.

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