Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Thursday 7 March 2019 6 – 7:30pm

Free, no need to book , tea and cake provided

Alongside our exhibition The Building Project we will be reading Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, chosen especially for us by Carmarthen based architectural practice Rural Office for Architecture.

Join us for a friendly and infomral discussion led by Kirsten Hinks-Knight.

“(Invisible Cities) The most beautiful of his books throws up ideas, allusions, and breathtaking imaginative insights on almost every page. Each time he returns from his travels, Marco Polo is invited by Kublai Khan to describe the cities he has visited. Although he makes Marco Polo summon up many cities for the Khan’s imagination to feed on, Calvino is describing only one city in this book. Venice, that decaying heap of incomparable splendour, still stands as substantial evidence of man’s ability to create something perfect out of chaos”  Paul Bailey – Times Literary Supplement

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist/creative is doing in-situ.

Niall Maxwell / Monday 11 March 2019  10am – 4pm

Niall Maxwell is the founder and principal of Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), an award winning RIBA Chartered architectural practice based in Carmarthen, Wales.

The practice has won many awards since being established in 2008, recently winning the RIBA House of the Year 2017 and receiving a RIBA National Award for its ground breaking Carbon Neutral Estate, Caring Wood, in Kent. Niall was a 2018 jury member for House of the Year, as featured on Grand Designs.

ROA was recently selected by the Architecture Foundation as one of the best emerging practices in the UK, and featured by Rowan Moore in the Observer as one of the best small practices in the UK.

In 2015 they won the Grand Designs “Self Build on a Shoestring” competition, and continue to win competitions, most recently the Visit Wales Epic Retreats, which was televised on Channel 4 in 2017.

To coincide with The Building Project exhibition at the gallery, Niall has selected our Book Club read – Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’. The book is a conversation between two characters describing the experiences of one’s travels to imaginary cities. These are described as brief prose poems, 55 fictitious cities in all, taking the reader on a journey whilst deconstructing the classic format of a travel novel. “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” 

Niall and the studio of Rural Office for Architecture will use their day in the gallery to contribute to the collective exhibition, and reconfigure its form to reflect one of the ‘cities’ described in one of Calvino’s prose poems. This will be accompanied by a similarly short prose describing places and spaces through words rather than drawings. A prose on the interpretation of the abstract or fictional.

 

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

 

 

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist is doing in-situ.

Ivan Black / Wednesday 6 March 2019  10am – 4pm

Ivan Black is an award winning British sculptor.

Ivan’s sculptures use his own unique methodology to create forms that mutate upon the introduction of energy. The repetition of identical elements is a recurrent theme in his work, by this means he builds complex fluid structures. Each piece is a section of a potentially continuous sequence, generated by the application of systematic rules to his geometry.

Ivan takes inspiration for his designs from iconic natural geometry, combining mathematical concepts and the pioneering spirit of British engineering to create a synergy between Science, Art and Technology. His meticulously engineered and seamlessly integrated mechanisms are central to the behaviour and appeal of his work. Tending towards the minimalist in design, the movement is allowed to take centre stage.

Ivan has exhibited internationally including London, Moscow, Venice and Western Australia. He has work installed in sculpture parks in the UK, France, The Netherlands and Spain. In 2018 he undertook a sculpture commission in Salt Lake City USA.

Using a spot-welder and steel wire, Ivan will construct additions and connecting elements to the buildings in-situ in the gallery: “The intent is to reference the infrastructure inherent in and essential to the built environment. I hope this might raise thoughts and questions about the social and mechanical connections that act as the nervous systems of the towns and cities that we inhabit.”

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist is doing in-situ.

Tim Stokes / Saturday 23 February 2019  10am – 4pm

Tim works as a technical creative and supports a range of diverse projects, often collaborating with other artists and designers.

His artwork has been shown across the UK and also in Venice, Rome, Germany and Brazil, it is often time-based; through the forms of animation, video and performance. In more recent work Tim has been researching and experimenting with ideas and materials that explore the body in relation to its surrounding environment – considering survival, play and interaction.

Tim teaches on the Foundation Art and Design course at Swansea College of Art (UWTSD) and also lectures across several other degree courses. Outside of this Tim also supports a range of Community and Heritage engaged projects, and also supports Mission Gallery in Swansea.

 

Tim has three themes underpinning his response to The Building Project:

Alchemy – Experimenting with mixtures that cause a sense of degradation and erosion – perhaps eventual collapse.

Growth – Incorporating natural elements into the buildings, such as quick growing wild flowers, cress, grasses and allowing them to take over the settlement.

Flux – Ideas of over population, or the sudden influx of people needing homes and the provisional nature of materials and structures.

 

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist is doing in-situ.

Millie Marotta / Saturday 16 February 2019  10am – 4pm

Millie Marotta is a freelance Illustrator working from her studio by the sea in a little corner of West Wales. She grew up on a smallholding in the hills of rural Wales and as a child was surrounded by nature in all its glorious forms. It was during these early years that she developed an obsession with all things flora and fauna and later went on to study Wildlife Illustration. This fascination with the natural world combined with an appreciation of decorative design and a keen eye for detail are at the core of Millie’s work.

Millie’s commercial work has covered a variety of platforms including editorial, packaging, fashion, retail, branding, textiles, homewares and interiors. In 2014 Millie released Animal Kingdom – A Colouring Book Adventure, which went on to become a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. The last few years have seen Millie delve into creating further books, exploring various aspects of the natural world. Above all else her intention is simply to create beautiful work, which both captivates and charms.

Millie is interested in the idea of nature taking over The Building Project installation and re-claiming the buildings and settlement in the gallery.

 

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

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