New Work UK (NWUK) is Chisenhale Gallery’s ground-breaking open submission project. NWUK profiles ambitious contemporary art being made by emerging artists in the UK. Comprising of three one-week exhibitions, NWUK provides a public platform for incisive, previously unseen work. For 1998, selections from an overwhelming response were made by the artists Amikam Toren and Jessica Voorsanger together with Chisenhale Gallery.
NWUK 1: 08 July – 12 July 1998
Post-Neo Amateurism is a group show curated by Unit. The exhibition argues that the trash art practices of recent years had become an orthodoxy: amateurism is in danger of becoming a professional qualification. With this project, curatorial group Unit proposes a move into a more complex condition.
Artists include: Stuart Croft, Rowena Dring, Michelle Griffiths, Yasu Ichige, Ben Judd, Janice Kerbel, Waseem Khan, Klega, Jon Lockhart, Brighid Lowe, Caroline McCarthy, Kate Smith and David Thorpe.
NWUK 2: 15 July – 19 July 1998
Danish artists Soren Dahlgaard and Mikkel Tjellesen exhibit Dirty Dessert, a series of four cinematic ‘stills’ - photographs depicting scenes from a non-existent 70s detective film. The drama was complicated by the fact that the ‘bad guy’ was a huge green jelly.
NWUK 3: 22 July – 26 July 1998
Stealing Light is Nick Steward’s stunning two part video installation brought NWUK 1998 to a close. Projected onto one was is the image of a chandelier being carried through city streets, while on the opposite wall a man stands very still in a darkened room with a lit chandelier obscuring his head. The video footage was derived from a performance in two parts, carried out for camera.