Spike Island

PERSONAMagazine launch


Tuesday 11 March 2014, 6pm


£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

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Join us for the launch of PERSONA, the second in a series of artist-led magazines exploring the condition of female contemporary art practitioners. Co-edited by Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt, PERSONA responds to questions that arose during four meetings of female artists entitled "A conversation to know if there is a conversation to be had" held in New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and London in 2010-11.

The first journal, LABOUR, addressed the question of women's work, and used the lens of the feminist critique of unpaid labour to look at the contemporary condition of the artist as precarious worker. PERSONA looks at the condition of self-presentation for the contemporary artist, and in an expansive manner encompasses discussions on refusal, interiority, friendship, candor, and embarrassment. 

The event will be presented by co-editor Melissa Gordon with a discussion by Sue Tate of her essay in the magazine: “A Motivated History”. 

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.

Sue Tate

Sue Tate is a free-lance art historian and Visiting Research Fellow at UWE, Bristol. Her work on British Pop artist Pauline Boty has revitalized interest in a forgotten career. She understands a “motivated history" as a "transformation of contemporary institutions, practices and procedures" (Elizabeth Grosz), within which PERSONA itself belongs.