RIOT OF COLOUR, PATTERN AND ORNAMENT OPENS AT EXETER’S MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
OVER 100 ART WORKS BY 50 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ARE CURRENTLY EXHIBITING AT RAMM IN EXETER. GET YOURSELF TO THE CITY ON OUR DOORSTEP TO SEE THE ACCLAIMED YINKA SHONIBARE MBE, CURATE THE ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION WITH THIS CRIMINAL ORNAMENTATION EXHIBITION.
Reflecting on Adolf Loos early twentieth century anti-decoration essay ‘Ornament and Crime’, Yinka Shonibare MBE has curated works from the vast Arts Council Collection of contemporary art to explore the cultural and social dimensions of the use of colour, pattern and ornament. From a sequinned dress by Alexander McQueen to nineteenth-century wallpaper by William Morris, his selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined; not forgetting to mention other incredible featured artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Sarah Lucas, Sonia Boyce, Susan Derges, Mona Hatoum, David Nash and Bridget Riley.
Yinka Shonibare, recently CBE, is a British Nigerian artist. His work often explores ideas of globalisation and his dual heritage. Yinka chose the text Crime and Ornament by Adolf Loos as a starting point for the Criminal Ornamentation exhibition. Loos delivered this essay as a way of fighting against ornament, he was rejecting the Art Nouveau movement. Adolf Loos may have thought pattern was criminal, but here at RAMM we are celebrating those criminals by putting pattern on pattern on pattern.
– Beth Hughes, Arts Council Collection Curator.
The bold colours and decorative patterns hit you as you enter the gallery spaces. All of these incredible works fight for your attention - it is a visual feast - with different textures and media from sculpture and photography to fashion and video blurring the boundaries between style, craft and personal preference, as they coherently work together to almost create a new piece of art from Yinka Shonibare himself. This is a contemporary art exhibition at its very best and will leave you with an inner joy that will linger all day.
‘Criminal Ornamentation’ is about the refusal of artists to stay away from vulgar ornamentation and obsessive popular repetition of pattern. Cheers to all the criminals!
– Yinka Shonibare MBE
To coincide with the Criminal Orientation exhibition, RAMM are hosting exclusive new experiences that will bring the exhibition even more to life:
Lates: Fri 8 Feb, from 6.30pm. An after-hours night of exploration and entertainment with performances and music, engaging talks and hands-on making activities. Including an ‘in-conversation’ with exhibiting artist, Caragh Thuring and Arts Council Collection Curator, Beth Hughes. Tickets £5.
Double Take: Thu 21 and Fri 22 Feb, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm. Family craft activity inviting children to use pattern in surprising ways. £3 Drop-in. Pay on arrival.
Dementia-friendly tour of the exhibition: Thu 14 Feb, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets £15 (includes companion and refreshments).
Wax Print: Exeter Phoenix film screening and discussion with the Director Aiwan Obinyan– Wed 27 Feb, 7 pm. Tickets £7 (under 25s and students £5) Tickets www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Tattoos: a secret language: an evening of talks and demonstrations: Fri 1 Mar, doors and bar 6pm, talk 6.30pm. Tickets £12 early bird until 15 Feb, £15 full price.
Dementia-Friendly Art Making in the Museum: Wed 20 Mar, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £15 includes companion - A hands-on creative activity using the Criminal Ornamentation exhibition as inspiration.
Ornament and Pattern: Tue 26 Mar, 11am to 12 noon. Drop-in, Free. Dance and textiles performance by Exeter College performing arts and textile design students.
This exhibition is not to be missed! It’s one of a kind and believe it or not, it’s completely FREE ENTRY. You have until the 17th March before the exhibition makes its next stop at Longside Gallery in Wakefield. For more information visit the RAMM website