Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2003

Cornerhouse takes great pleasure in launching this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2003, and in offering support to 32 new graduate artists in an event that has consistently provided a platform for new art to develop in the public arena. Selected by artist, writer and critic JJ Charlesworth, and artists Cerith Wyn Evans, Hayley Newman, and Rebecca Warren from a national call for submissions from UK art schools, the exhibition has been drawn from some 1200 entries. Bloomberg New Contemporaries has built a reputation for introducing young and emerging artists to a national audience and provides the participants to develop a professional opportunity into the future. Last held in Manchester in 2001, Cornerhouse has a long track record of hosting the exhibition. Exclusive to Cornerhouse, Abigail Reynolds sculpts a mountain range from statistical data of violent crimes from the immediate locality. Statistical information and psychological fear is translated into physical reality. With layer upon layer of topographical information, the peaks and troughs of violent crime; translate into a sculptural iceburg. Ben Woodeson sets up magnetic fields within the gallery space, quasi-scientific constructions, only discernible through their effects on the compass reading. Mark McGowan’s performance Poor Little Lamb will allow inhabitants of Manchester to gain a sneak preview of the show, when he circumnavigates the city on 1st July. Others include Laurence Elliot, whose work embraces a physical approach to mixed media mainly through print and drawing; a personal mindset emerges that is akin to a raw cottage industry. Anna Mitchell explores the isolation and vulnerability of childhood through the enlarged photographs that attempt to ‘document’ a reconstructed history. Ben Crane’s video views the world through the solitude of a sunny afternoon somewhere in a suburban back garden that belies an abject inquisitiveness in redundant objects, whilst Ben Sadler puts us in view of a spectacularly heart breaking underachievement of a solo performance at a school event. Sayer, Jamie Shovlin, JJ Stevens, Emma Tod, Mathew Weir and Ben Woodsen.