Monday, August 23, 2010

Richard Rawlins: Chinese Worker

26 to 28 August, 2010

Richard Mark Rawlins Chinese Worker Promo from artzpubfilms on Vimeo.

Now almost as globally ubiquitous as the “Made in China” stamp, Chinese construction workers are changing the landscape, both internationally and here in Trinidad and Tobago. In his new body of work, artist Richard Rawlins offers a visual commentary on this phenomenon.

Chinese Worker opens at Alice Yard on Thursday 26 August at 7.00 pm, and runs until Saturday 28. The opening night will include a special performance by Dave Williams.

Rawlins says:

Chinese Worker is another one of my investigations into the things that make us Trinidad. I actually admire what they have done. And, putting all the political footballs aside, we are left with structures that they built almost overnight. Whether you like it or not, they are now on our landscape, and I think that needs to be recorded.”

About the artist:

Richard Rawlins is a visual artist, graphic designer, and photographer. He has worked in advertising for the last twenty years. He is the publisher of the online magazine Draconian Switch. He showed his 2010 Button Project at Alice Yard in May.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Woodbrook Touchdown

13 August, 2010, 7.00 pm

Lamp (2010), by Alixzander Morle, from the Abricktted series

Woodbrook Touchdown, an exhibition of art and design by Alixzander Morle, opens at Alice Yard on Friday 13 August, 2010, at 7.00 pm, and continues until Monday 16 August (7.00 pm t0 11.00 pm daily). Morle is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. He previously exhibited his work at Alice Yard in December 2008.

There are three elements to the show:

A series of sculptural/painted objects using found materials. Morle writes: “Upon reaching Trinidad I came across some abandoned bricks in my garage. Something about the way they were placed in a corner made me notice them. They had been collected and placed there for disposal. The desolate bricks had history, though, they once made up the wall I grew up seeing every Woodbrook morning, a wall right outside my studio. I decided to salvage some bricks and make some pieces.”

SML Clothing
aMorle designs and SISTM Mental Wear have fused together to create SML Clothing, a new line of urban fashion. SML strives to represent the “wearable art” movement. Whether it is a parody of an everyday brand or political satire, SML guarantees a quality shirt with a head-turning image. SML initially meant “small, medium and large”, but the initials can refer to anything: sex, money, and laundry, or sophisticated, magnanimous, and limited.

The aMorle Summer Collection
A series of recent paintings, with a live graffiti painting performance by Morle and fellow artist JAP. In the last two months Morle has been working on a “Peace, Love, Respect” public mural project in the Woodbrook neighbourhood, with examples on Carlos Street and at the corner of Roberts and Rosalino Streets.