HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
BEACONS SIGNS EXHIBITION AT CAUSTIC COASTAL SALFORD
 

Star date: 8th April 2018 

MYTICISM, MAGIC AND PSYCHO TECHNO ART ON OLDFIELD ROAD

Beacons: Signs
Until 21st April Thursdays and Saturdays 1pm-5pm
Caustic Coastal, Oldfield Road

The third instalment of the ace Beacons art shows happens at Caustic Coastal on Oldfield Road until 21st April, and features other-worldly structures, transmissions and artefacts by five top artists. Well recommended...if you open your third eye.

Full details here...


Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford
Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford
Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford
Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford
Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford Beacons at Caustic Coastal Salford
click image to enlarge

"Bonne Bainbridge Cohen says that 'the mind is like the wind and the body is like the sand; if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand'..." Nicola Singh

Like the previous two Beacons exhibitions, Pharos and Flare, this final show, Signs, aims to make sense of the no-sense modern world through other-worldly structures, transmissions and artefacts.

The stark Caustic Coastal space in an old retail unit on Oldfield Road contains an eon full of art warmth, while outside the developers continue to scar the cityscape with cold apartment-style multi-storey profit farms.

Enter the gallery and you're visually caressed by Verity Birt's lilac drapes flowing from the ceiling, delicately balancing large plastic discs carved with ancient looking symbols. It looks lovely. Until you notice the snakes writhing around its base.

The accompanying ambient, sensually vibrant video underlines the symbolism, with horns, eggs and more serpent imagery slithering on screen while the artist goes through ritual movements connecting from another side of sanity. You don't have to be Freud to work it out, although the old misogynist twat wouldn't be welcome here.

Indeed this exhibition is very much a female/non-binary take on the psycho-techno sexed up fuck up of the 21st Century. In the centre of the space is a mini sand dune with a tv buried in the middle, surrounded by fallen pillars and zillion year old rocks and coal; an installation by Ayesha Tan Jones.

The tv plays a futuristic news item about Una Jynxx from the digital mystic community, who has been sending 'signals into the abyss' to try and 'save the earth from beyond'... "Do they know what they're doing to you?" Una says in a broadcast "The rays that carry the data cause a tsunami in our skin...disease built on progress...

"Open your eyes" Una implores "all three of them..."

Beyond the tv sand castle, Jones has a viper shaped branch etched with symbols suspended in mid air, as pyramids dangle above, overflowing with data fall-out bits of USBs, wires and phone chargers.

Meanwhile, on the far wall, Anna Hughes has installed two glittery concrete arches, almost touching but separated precisely by a metamorphic crystal rock; while on the side wall she has two 3D reliefs of corrugated triangles and geometric shapes.

On the floor between all these works is some kind of powdered grain with dried palms scattered about. You almost tread in it, thinking it's some leftovers but it's a preview hint for a huge canvas creation downstairs by Dominique White.

Cradled by metal supports, the canvas weaves like a surreal washing line, fraying straw, cotton and more dried palms into the powdery floor. Apparently this magic, charmed, off-white with a tint of voodoo, textile parade is based on 'beliefs surrounding the Kalunga; a watery boundary between the living and the dead'.

Back upstairs, almost unnoticed and hung in the windows, are parchments by Nicola Singh, and on the sill are A4 sheets with a commentary by the artist...

"I was disappointed and drunk.

You were humming in regular rhythm to your movements – fucking disappointment, fucking's disappointment, fuck disappointment, a disappointing fuck.

I was thinking about the beaded toe rings that were on sale in the hotel reception.
You murmured something about being inside me, which made me feel you like a tampon. So I shifted round, experimenting with the position of my body to see if it changed the resonance of your voice.

The next morning I realised I hadn't used my hands...

...When I was 16 the man that pierced my ears told me that my eyes reminded him of breasts..." 


Read this, see this, experience this. While outside, Salford whirs on in its capitalist wet dream...

It's a different world...

Beacons: Signs
Curated by Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton

Open until 21st April Thursdays and Saturdays 1pm-5pm
(closed Saturday 14th April)
Caustic Coastal
Unit 2 Oldfield Road M5 4DE
Free

For more information – click here

Review by Stephen Kingston
Photos by Gareth Lyons

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD PHOTO ARCHIVE GIVEAWAY
Hi Paul. I lived for my first 8 or so years on Pine Street off Hough Lane in Lower Broughton (1966-74) All very long gone obvious... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
Phil,I am allowed to comment on things that happen in my city.Why can't these facts and figures be public. If no one has anything ... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
Oriflamme Raised, I don't know where you get off on bullying me like this. Personally I think that it is pretty despicable of you.... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
I agree with Oliframe that we need to take a close look at Labour activists. This is why I appeal to not vote Labour this May to s... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
Paul Dennett, is a politician, lets be honest here, you cannot expect him to tell the truth. All politicians never ever tell the t... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD COUNCILLORS COULD BE CUT IN BOUNDARY COMMISSION REVIEW

Star date: 20th April 2018

NUMBER OF COUNCILLORS COULD BE CULLED IN REVIEW OF WARDS

The number of Salford councillors could be cut in a sweeping review of the city by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England..."The review will re-draw ward boundaries across the city as well as deciding how many councillors should be elected to the council in total" said a spokesperson for the Commission.

Salford currently has three councillors per ward but, with new wards possibly emerging as the city grows, this might be cut to two per ward.

Full details here…

SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH

Star date: 19th April 2018

AS £5.5MILLION AVOIDED BY DEVELOPERS SALFORD MAYOR SAYS IT'S A 'MYTH'!

In the latest issue of Salford Council's propaganda mag, Life in Salford, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has denounced the "myth" that "developers don't contribute money to the city. It's simply not true" he says.

Yes, they do contribute some money but they also avoid millions of pounds in payments and provision of affordable housing. Indeed, Salford Star analysis shows that developers avoided almost £5.5million in payments last year, as the Mayor only tells half the truth.

Full details here...

DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST THE CUTS STAGE SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT PROTEST IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 18th April 2018

STOP AND SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT WITH NO EVICTIONS STATE GROUPS

Today, in St Peter's Square Manchester, around half a dozen campaign groups took part in a Disabled People Against the Cuts national day of action calling for Universal Credit to be stopped and scrapped.

Chalk slogans covered the square, speeches were made condemning the affect of the discredited benefit and a giant letter was handed into Manchester City Council calling for 'No evictions' as a result of Universal Credit payment delays.

Full details here...

SALFORD NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS TAKE FIGHT TO PARLIAMENT

Star date: 18th April 2018

FIGHT FOR THE FIVE CAMPAIGNERS HEAD TO WESTMINSTER

A coach load of Save Our Nursery campaigners will be heading to Parliament next Wednesday 25th April for a meeting with MPs in the Palace of Westminster and to urge the Government to be flexible over its new funding formula.

It is also hoped that Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will pressure Theresa May to respond at Prime Minister's Question Time on the same day.

Full details here...

HUGE PAY RISES FOR SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OFFICERS

Star date: 17th April 2018

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS TO GET HUGE PAY RISES

Cash-strapped Salford City Council is to give huge pay rises to senior officers after a 'job evaluation exercise' moved them well up the pay scale. It follows the resignation of the Director of Finance and Corporate Business, and spreading the majority of his salary amongst other re-titled roles.

The Salford Star believes the officers are in line to share around £54,000 between them.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx