Somewhere Here

Laura Bel
Simon Buckley
Nim Jo Chung
Karen Di Franco
Craig Fisher
Brian Griffiths
Sophie Mellor
Ellen Wilkinson

Curated by: Anton Goldenstein

Launch: Mon 3 Nov at 6.30pm
Come to Plan 9, Bridewell Street, Broadmead, Bristol, where the Plan 9 Soup Kitchen will provide sustenance and a map detailing the nine sites around the city centre.

Continues: Tue 4 Nov Wed 3 Dec 2008

Somewhere Here presents the work of eight artists on eight advertising hoardings situated throughout Bristol city centre, a place that has recently been redeveloped with 120 new shops opening in a time of economic crisis. Plan 9 has slipped into this gap between fantasy and reality, hijacking advertising space to provide the beleaguered shopper with a brief respite during the fall of capitalism.

Brian Griffiths extends his recent interest in posters and typography (Life is a Laugh for Art on the Underground 2007, Alive for A Foundation Liverpool 2007) with another blunt statement: The End of it. He quietly taps into the routines of daily life and hints at the grandness and absurdity of the human predicament and history. The poster with its outdated design and shabby appearance, appears like an artifact left from another time.

Playing with the aspirational nature of advertising, Sophie Mellor states "All the ways you wish you could be, that's me. I look like you wanna look, I f**k like you wanna f**k, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not." Aimed at the target of the majority of adverts, Mellor's poster tantalisingly invites 52% of the population to meet her by her billboard on Sat 29 Nov at 5pm, and join her Girl Gang.

Taking inspiration from the architecture of the previous post war development and the aspiration of modernist ideas, Karen Di Franco has created a collage that reflects on the ideas of redevelopment and lost memories.

The exhibition includes sites on St Mary Redcliffe Way, Prince Street (by the corner of Queen Square), the St Phillip Barton Roundabout and Broadmead (opposite Debenhams)
Somewhere Here is supported by Bristol City Council.

Image caption: Girl Gang, Sophie Mellor, 2008.
Somewhere Here


Event Title: Somewhere Here
Postcode: BS1 UK
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