‘Matter Out of Place’

Persistence Works Gallery
Yorkshire Artspace
21 Brown Street
Sheffield S1 2BS 

17 June – 10 July 2021

During lockdown, members of Material Voice have been experimenting with socially distanced ways of working collaboratively. By exchanging sculptural propositions and responding to them, the artists have developed a process that challenges and enhances their individual practices and is building into a dynamic, multi-voiced body of work.

For the Matter Out of Place exhibition five members of the collective have chosen to extend the exchange and response process beyond the collective to work with artists with learning disabilities from Artworks South Yorkshire and Burton Street Arts. The work produced as a result of this exchange has provided stimuli for the Material Voice artists to explore and develop into sculptural interventions in the Persistence Works gallery.  

Matter Out of Place explores questions of disruption, control, risk and trust; finding ways to navigate through a global pandemic, to support and nurture artists with differing viewpoints and audiences missing physical interaction with each other and with art. 

Work from all the artists involved in the exchanges are displayed in the exhibition.

There are individual and collaborative responses from Material Voice artists Gillian Brent, Mandy Gamsu, Kate Langrish-Smith, Clee Claire Lee and Sarah Villeneau to the exchanges and to the theme of Matter Out of Place.

Material Voice are delighted to welcome a new member to the collective, photographer and filmmaker Laura Page whose film of the exhibition, Inertia versus Transfiguration is available to view in the gallery from 23rd June.

Watch it here:

Laura made this film in response to the Matter Out of Place exhibition. It is inspired by the materials, textures and surfaces of the artists’ work, their role as a conduit for experiences and ideas and the ways in which the artists have adapted their ways of working and connecting during the pandemic.

The film is about changes in our rhythm of life, perceptions and our relationships to others and the objects around us. It nods to the tensions between freedom and imprisonment, frustration and liberty, loneliness and inner peace/spirituality, all of which we can feel at the same time and with great intensity, particularly with the ebbs and flows following a life-changing event.

Artist/Bricoleuse Gillian Whiteley has written a review of the exhibition, ‘Playing with precocity, conjuring up common ground’.
Read it here…