Mel Brimfield: From This World, to That Which Is to Come
21 March – 10 May 2020
Taking its title from The Pilgrim’s Progess by John Bunyan, From This World, To That Which Is To Come adopts the parable’s infamous fictional pilgrimage as an allegory for a collapse of mental health and fraught journey to recovery.
Featuring works that range from the darkly comic to the startlingly affirmative, the exhibition is a multi-media exploration – sound installations, sculpture, films – of the complex and often fragile nature of the human mind. The artist examines the powerful role mental health plays in our daily lives.
This large-scale solo exhibition at Chapter is Brimfield’s first in Wales and comprises three major works.
A collaboration with the composer Gwyneth Herbert and the UK Men’s Shed Association exploring the value of, and access to, creativity in the treatment of mental illness. This epic sixteen-channel sound-piece is based on an extraordinary recording of a long-term in-patient reciting poetry.
More than 100 mental health users, singers, museum volunteers and members of UK Men’s Sheds and Men’s Sheds Cymru were involved in the collaboration.
STAND was commissioned by Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield, where it premiered in January, before its inclusion in a tour of Mel Brimfield’s work to Chapter, Cardiff, and The Tetley, Leeds.
In this work of black comedy, a hapless voiceover artist in a recording studio attempts to record an abridged audiobook of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis (a novel interpreted by some as an account of a psychotic episode).
This intense piece, comprising a poetic binaural monologue and an oscillating swarm of voices, explores accounts of the altered states of perception often associated with psychosis such as hearing voices and visual hallucinations.
About The Artist
Mel Brimfield’s lively and diverse visual art practice appropriates theatrical and mainstream entertainment formats to explore the boundaries of performance art in the 20th and 21st Century. Her work is the result of intensive collaboration with a rolling cast of actors, composers, musicians, designers, choreographers, dancers and singers and results in photographic, film and large-scale live performance works.
Art in the Bar: Francisco Rodríguez
14 March until 21 May
Paintings comprising intriguing situations and a cast of sinister characters.
Referencing graphic animations and Japanese drawings, painter Francisco Rodriguez hints at the tradition that inspired the post-impressionists. The exhibition is unified in its limited colour palette and invites the viewer to explore potential narrative links between the compositions which oscillate between expansive landscapes and smaller portraits.
The paintings are full of insinuations and ambiguity. Comprising intriguing, sometimes dark and inexplicable, spaces and situations, the work depicts windowless buildings, fences, fir-trees and a cast of sinister characters emerging from the shadows.
About the Artist
Francisco Rodríguez graduated with an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts in 2018. He has since had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago and has appeared in numerous group shows in the UK and overseas. Rodríguez was also included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 which launched at the Liverpool Biennial and travelled to the South London Gallery. His works are included in several public and private collections including the DLA Art Collection and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Chile.
For more information visit www.chapter.org.