Michael Fullerton
Columbia
10 September 2010 – 24 October 2010
Opening: Friday 10 September

Chisenhale Gallery presents a major solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Michael Fullerton. Columbia comprises a new series of sculptures, paintings, wall-mounted screen prints and moving image works. Examining a range of themes including intelligence systems, the power of aesthetics and the private and public histories of political intrigue, the works are presented together in a museum-like installation.

‘Columbia’ serves as a guiding iconic device throughout the exhibition, allowing Fullerton to explore concepts as various as discovery, colonial endeavour, the machinations of power and the construction of corporate identity. For Fullerton ‘Columbia’ at once conjures the feminine personification of the USA, a famous space shuttle, and the explorer Christopher Columbus, as well as Columbia Pictures and the ‘Eye Device’ logo of the CBS television network which suggests both the act of looking and of being watched.

The paintings, which characteristically for Fullerton engage with the form of 18th Century portraiture, will continue Fullerton’s interest in painting figures who embody political commitment or represent strong ideological positions, here including figures such as Alan Turing, the developer of modern computer science juxtaposed with a contemporary SAS soldier. Thomas Gainsborough and his paintings of a political elite are a key reference point, as is a preoccupation with modes of recording and transmitting information.

Fullerton will also continue his distinct use of materials, oil paint or ferric oxide for example. The latter - the magnetic coating of analogue cassette tape recording becoming the ‘substance’ of information – in this instance a recording of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege. The relationship between power, the aesthetic and the symbolic in contemporary cultural representation is combined with Fullerton’s interest in chemical experimentation, alchemy for want of another term. The transformation of inert matter into meaningful signs and symbols, the power of pleasure and art as a means of social and political agency

A series of talks and events will accompany the exhibition. Fullerton will also produce a new limited edition print on the occasion of his exhibition which will be available to buy from Chisenhale Gallery or via the website.

This is Michael Fullerton’s first major presentation in a public gallery since exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow and Art Now, Tate Britain in 2005. He is included in the British Art Show opening in October 2010 at Nottingham Contemporary.

Michael Fullerton (b. 1971, Bellshill, Scotland) studied at the Glasgow School of Art and is currently based in Glasgow. He has had solo exhibitions at Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2007), Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2006), Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2005), CCA Glasgow (2005) and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2003). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Unreliable Witness’, Tramway, Glasgow (2008), ‘Stay Forever and Ever and Ever’, South London Gallery (2007) and the Tate Triennial, Tate Britain (2006).

Click here to download titles and captions of the works in the exhibition

A limited edition print by Michael Fullerton has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details please visit our online shop, here.

William Clark presents C Wright Mills 09/10/2010 by Chisenhale Gallery

Michael Fullerton dicusses his exhibition with Clarrie Wallis 09/10/2010 by Chisenhale Gallery

Michael Fullerton
Thursday 16 September

Thursday 16 September 2010
Writer William Clark presents his research on the American sociologist C. Wright Mills, exploring his concepts of 'cultural apparatus' and 'crackpot realism', as well as his influence on the 1960s New Left movement, his involvement with Che Guevara and Mills' key works including 'The Power Elite' (1959).

Saturday 9 October 2010
Michael Fullerton discusses his current exhibition with Clarrie Wallis, Curator at Tate Britain.

Michael Fullerton

2 colour screen-print
40 x 60 cm
Edition of 30 plus 5 AP, signed and numbered
£225 (unframed)
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Michael Fullerton’s major solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Columbia, comprises a new series of sculptures, paintings, wall-mounted screen prints and moving image works examining a range of themes including intelligence systems, the power of aesthetics and the private and public histories of political intrigue. ‘Columbia’ serves as a guiding iconic device throughout the exhibition, allowing Fullerton to explore concepts as various as discovery, colonial endeavour, the machinations of power and the construction of corporate identity. For Fullerton ‘Columbia’ at once conjures the feminine personification of the USA, a famous space shuttle, and the explorer Christopher Columbus, as well as Columbia Pictures and the ‘Eye Device’ logo of the CBS television network which suggests both the act of looking and of being watched.

To accompany the exhibition Fullerton has produced a limited edition screenprint which overlays an iconic image of the Columbia space shuttle on a subtle landscape drawing by Thomas Gainsborough, who’s paintings of a political elite are a key reference point for Fullerton.

Michael Fullerton (b. 1971, Bellshill, Scotland) studied at the Glasgow School of Art and is currently based in Glasgow. He has had solo exhibitions at Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2007), Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2006), Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2005), CCA Glasgow (2005) and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2003). Recent group exhibitions include Unreliable Witness, Tramway, Glasgow (2008), Stay Forever and Ever and Ever, South London Gallery (2007) and the Tate Triennial, Tate Britain (2006).

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Writer William Clark: research on the C. Wright Mills

Thursday 16 September, 7pm

Writer William Clark presents his research on the American sociologist C. Wright Mills, exploring his concepts of 'cultural apparatus' and 'crackpot realism', as well as his influence on the 1960s New Left movement, his involvement with Che Guevara and Mills' key works including 'The Power Elite' (1959).

Family Day with John Walter

Saturday 18 September, 2 – 5pm

Join artist John Walter for a free afternoon drop-in family workshop inspired by Michael Fullerton’s exhibition. Suitable for all ages, but young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Michael Fullerton in discussion with Clarrie Wallis

Saturday 9 October, 2pm

Michael Fullerton discusses his current exhibition with Clarrie Wallis, Curator, Tate Britain.