Prop me up, @ Bankley Gallery

13th-22nd July 2018

Bankley Gallery, Bankley Street, Manchester, M19 3PP

Prop me up is presented by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes under the moniker, taking place at the Bankley Studios Gallery.

The exhibition features five artists exploring the narrative and theatrics of making by using performative constructs within staged environments to create a flux between reality and illusion.  Props highlight the absurdity of their own structure and commentary with work that physically holds itself up, mimicking and distorting its own sensibility. Within the works teeters fragility and a softness that balances on rigid edges. Throughout the show kinetic elements are echoed by graphic representations of cartoonised motion. There are hints of exaggerated functionality and furniture from the everyday, elevated to administer theatrics and action, evoking presence yet absent of the puppeteer.

Artists: Nancy Allen, Katrina Cowling, Rose Nicholas, Genevieve Slater and Emily Woolley.

  Rose Nicholas, Genevieve Slater, Emily Woolley, Nancy Allen 

Katrina Cowling

Rose Nicholas, Genevieve Slater

Fear Not (Machine), 2017 (Detail). Rose Nicholas

The Pocket Sculpture, 2017. Nancy Allen

The Pocket Sculpture, 2017 (Detail). Nancy Allen

Emily Woolley, Genevieve Slater

The Last Words,  2017. Genevieve Slater

Thigh, configuration 2, 2018. Emily Woolley

Thigh, configuration 2, 2018 (Detail).  Emily Woolley

Thigh, configuration 2, 2018 (Detail).  Emily Woolley

Party Hands (Helping Hands), 2018. Genevieve Slater

Party Hands (Helping Hands), 2018 (Detail). Genevieve Slater

Nancy Allen, Katrina Cowling, Rose Nicholas

Roughcast, 2018. Katrina Cowling 

Katrina Cowling, Nancy Allen

Roughcast, 2018 (Detail). Katrina Cowling 

Katrina Cowling, Nancy Allen

Shavings Bag, 2017 (Detail). Nancy Allen

Genevieve Slater, Emily Woolley

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