Spike Island

Artists' talkMelissa Gordon and Ciara Phillips


Tuesday 17 July 2012, 6–8pm


Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

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Artists Ciara Phillips and Melissa Gordon join Spike Island director Helen Legg and curator Marie-Anne McQuay in conversation. This discussion focuses on what is at stake in resurrecting and reanimating avant garde legacies and narratives, the different roles collective forms of production play within each artist’s practice and gendered collaborations — specifically working with other female artists to create supportive critical frameworks.

We regret that artist Jesse Jones, who was originally due to take part in the conversation, is no longer able to be here for the event.

Melissa Gordon

Melissa Gordon (1981) is an American artist based in London. She was the winner of the ABN AMRO Kunstprijs 2007 and the Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands in 2005, and studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union in New York and De Ateliers in Amsterdam.

Recent exhibitions include Structures for Viewing at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY (2012), Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2012), Art in the Parking Space at LAX Art, Los Angeles (2012) and Future Forward at The Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam (2011). Gordon co-edits LABOUR, a new independent publication on art and work with a feminist perspective with Marina Vishmidt. She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, Cosar HMT, Dusseldorf, and Ancient & Modern, London.

Ciara Phillips

Born in Ottawa, Canada, and currently based in Glasgow, Ciara Phillips studied Fine Art at Queen's University, Kingston, where she received a BFA in 2000, and at the Glasgow School of Art where she received an MFA in 2004.

Recent exhibitions include: DOVBLE TROVBLE, curated by It's Our Playground at CCA, Glasgow (2012), The only rule is work  at Kendall Koppe, Glasgow (2011), Modern Languages at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Galway City Museum (2011), Springtime will never be the same at Deuxieme Bureau/Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt (2011), Zwischenraum : Space Between at Der Kunstverein, Hamburg (2010),and Optimism and its signs at Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf (2010).

Phillips is the initiator of Poster Club, a group of seven Glasgow-based artists who work collaboratively and who have recently exhibited together at Eastside Projects in Birmingham as part of Narrative Show (2011).

Ciara Phillips' website