Exhibition News – GRUNDER : Version 1.0

Larry Walker-Tonks welcomes you to ‘GRUNDER : Version 1.0’; a pop-up exhibition of sleazy sculpture and lewd paintings. Larry presents a satirical yet sobering look at our social media habits and the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health.

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Join the party at AATMA’s basement*, enjoy the booze, forget your morals, meet a lover, loathe the music.

14-16 Faraday St
Manchester
M1 1BE

7pm-10pm

*AATMA is an 18+ Venue

This is the first of a two part exhibition, ‘GRUNDER : Version 1.2’ takes place on the 4th September 2017 at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester (6pm-9pm)

Exhibition News – Lancashire Open Exhibition 2017

Delighted to announce that I have had two pieces selected for the Lancashire Open Exhibition 2017.

Having had a Shipwreck piece selected for the 2016 show, I return to Chapel Gallery (Ormskirk) this year with two very different pieces.

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The first piece, ‘Gateway 1’, dates from 2013 and was among the first work I made after moving to Manchester. At the time I made this I was living on a friend’s floor in a strange, new and (at times) unfriendly city. I was just starting down a long and horrendous JSA learning curve and looking for work and a place of my own. I found comfort in drawing and began to draw tall wrought Iron gateways. They were always locked in determination to keep me out but nearly always broken and inviting me in.

Gateway 1 had a previous outing in London, exhibited at ’13 The Gallery’ in Islington, London in 2014 as part of their Art-fordable programme.

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My second piece, ‘Untitled 4’ is part of my current expanding foam-based work. It is brand new and was only finished a matter of days before being taken to the gallery. Expanding foam flesh sits inside a small aperture, from which the viewer is presented with the beautiful and the grotesque as contorted and wiry hair is bejewelled with colourful varnish crystals.

The piece itself is tiny, being only around 10cm tall. I cant wait to see this in situ!

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The Lancashire Open Exhibition runs 22nd July – 6th September 2017 with a preview night on the 21st July.

Chapel Gallery, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR
01695 571 328

Exhibition News – Small World

Delighted to announce that I have a piece of work selected to be part of PS Mirabel’s 2017 Open Call for their ‘Small World’ exhibition.

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My piece, ‘Untitled 3’, forms part of an early exploration into the properties of expanding foam and its qualities when combined with other materials.

‘Small World’ showcases the best of tiny artwork with no piece exceeding 20cm in any direction.

Exhibition preview is on the 7th July 6pm to 9pm and open every Saturday 11am to 5pm until 13th August and will be part of the MANIFEST programme which coincides with the 2017 Manchester International Festival.

Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street
Manchester. M3 1PJ

Exhibition News – Engage in Colour

Thrilled to announce that my piece ‘Mekewāp’ has been selected for exhibition as part of ‘Engage in Colour‘ at Mirfield Arts Hub.

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“ENGAGE IN COLOUR’ IS AN ABSTRACT COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION, IN WHICH WE INVITE EMERGING ARTISTS TO SHOWCASE ALONGSIDE OUR MEMBERS AT CREATIVE ARTS HUB IN MIRFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE”

‘Mekewāp’ dates back to 2011 and is a recent return to old work, rediscovered whilst clearing out a childhood home, and stumbling across several works each with the ‘wigwam’ motif the artists questions the purpose of the dwelling and the home. Can the home be spiritual? Do we carry our ideals of the home and the dwelling like snails carry a shell?

Exhibition dates Fri 7 Jul – Sat 12 Aug 2017

Opening Times Weds – Fri  10am–5pm | Sat 10am–3pm

Opening night Fri 7 Jul, 6pm – 8pm

Address Creative Arts Hub CIC, 1st floor, 51-53 Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield, WF14 8AB

Hope to see you there.

 

Exhibition News – Middlesbrough Art Weekender

Today marks two weeks to go until the opening of Middlesbrough Art weekender and my return to exhibiting in Middlesbrough. From the 19th – 21st May work of International and Regional Artists will be shown across forty locations alongside public events and workshops.

Alongside work in pop-up galleries there will also be shows opening in Mima, House of Blah Blah, Felix the Gallery, Platform A and Teesside University’s Degree Show.

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Linking all of these shows is an art trail along Albert Road, which is where my work will be shown.

You may recognise this piece from an earlier installation piece (as shown in Manchester and Swansea). Due to space constraints the whole piece cannot be shown.

I am thrilled to be showing work in my old stomping ground after a four year absence alongside some incredible artists.


“JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE MIDDLESBROUGH ART WEEKENDER @ MIMA FROM 6PM TILL 8PM , FOLLOWED BY FOOD AND DRINKS CATERED BY THE SMELTRY.

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES FROM HAROLD OFFEH AND OMSK SOCIAL CLUB.

PICK UP ONE OF THE 300 LIMITED EDITION CATALOUGES FOR THE WEEKEND AND CELEBRATE WITH US THE FIRST OF AN ANNUAL ART WEEKEND IN MIDDLESBROUGH.

THE MAIN EXHIBITION INCLUDING WORKS BY: AMANDA BEECH, SHIRIN FAHIMI, BENJAMIN BUSCH, MILOS TRAKILOVIC, ORAN OREILLY, AINE ODWYER, WOLFGANG BITTNER, ADAM GIBNEY, RICHARD FORREST AND FIONA KELLY

ART TRAIL ACROSS 30 LOCATIONS

THREE POP-UP GALLERIES

AS WELL AS SUPPORTING PARTNERS PROGRAMME INCLUDING TESSIDE UNIVERSITIES DEGREE SHOW ‘SUBLIME’ AND EXHIBTIONS AT PLATOFRM A, HOUSE OF BLAH BLAH AND MIMA.

MIDDLESBROUGH ART WEEKENDER 2017 IS HAPPENING 19TH – 21ST MAY. SHOWCASING INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ARTISTS ACROSS FORTY LOCATIONS, AS WELL AS HOSTING PUBLIC EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR PROGRAMME AND THE WEEKEND.”


 

Armageddon Stereo – Rise Again EP

A while ago I was asked to document the video making process for Armageddon Stereo‘s new music video, ‘Hunt the Wolves‘. Filming took place in an infinity room, hidden away in a corner of Salford an elusive part of the Unit26 studio.

Behind the camera was Rob of Natusro Video, who filmed and edited the video and has a rather enviable collection of equipment!

Considering that I was there to document the video making process I am thrilled that one of my images made it onto the cover reverse for their new EP (pictured below right). Rob also is responsible for the awesome EP front cover.

Rise Again is available for digital download via Bandcamp at: https://armageddonstereo.bandcamp.com/album/rise-again

Limited physical copies of the EP are available direct from the band. For Gig dates and more info check out https://www.facebook.com/Armageddonstereo

 

Exhibition News – 100 Years of OUI

Thrilled to announce that my work will be appearing at Kimberly Clark Gallery as part of ‘100 Years of OUI’.

Kimberly Clark is a dispenser gallery situated in an undisclosed UK public toilet. Distributing high art on low quality paper hand towels to unexpected users, KC attempts to dismantle the institutional framework, forcing art into our everyday lives.

‘100 years of OUI’ invites artists to reflect and create innovative, original pieces that celebrate Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ 1917. Situated in a gent’s public toilet, Kimberly Clark provides a platform for dialogical exchanges, aiming to create unique viewer experiences.

The gallery setting, I feel, is perfect for my work, partly because of the subject matter of my work but also the effectiveness of its delivery in this gallery environment. Forcing art into our everyday lives through the unsuspecting use of a paper towel dispenser prevents the viewer from escaping the message behind my art. Through my work I aim to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health – accepting that unsolicited requests to send nudes is part of normal use of social media sites and apps. Users who do this may be able to sit behind screens, protected by their blank profiles and anonymity but through 100 Years of OUI I am able to hit back at users of that mindset and let them know their actions and attitudes are being brought into question.

Included in the show are examples of my sculpture work (pictured top of page); two hearts, one representing a traditional love heart whilst the other is more accurate to the human heart  – a metaphor for head vs heart. Picture Message 1&2, abstracted body sculpture work in response to unsolicited photo messages sent daily by strangers to strangers

Pictured below are examples of digital painting, recreations of screenshots taken on social media sites and messaging apps that I found alarming and feel need further questioning in our over sexualised and vacuous society.

Exhibition News – Hand In

*EXHIBITION NEWS*

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My  has been chosen to be included as part of “Hand In” this coming weekend at 36 Lime Street in Newcastle upon Tyne.

‘Hand In’ is a show curating a compilation of 191 submissions of artist documentation received through an open call. Exploring how to overcome limitations of collaboration across space, the exhibition attempts to develop and implement methods for a cross-pollination of practices.

Preview: 6-8pm – 24th March
Open 11am-5pm – 25th and 26th March

Exhibition News – Constellations

I’m thrilled to announce that my first exhibition of 2017 has been confirmed.

‘Constellations – An MA Collective’ showcases the current work of University of Salford MA students and runs Jan 16th – 20th at Art Work Atelier in Salford.

Rather than having an opening night, this show will feature a closing party on Friday 20th Jan, 6pm-9pm – I’d love to see you there.

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