A livestock and produce show
New work by mosaic artist Cleo Mussi
19th September - 1st November
‘Pharma’s Market’ is a mosaic installation, the culmination of a two-year research project exploring the contrasting imagery of historical and contemporary farming. It connects traditional ideas about food, agriculture and animal husbandry with modern developments in stem cell research and genetic modification.
Although the setting of the exhibition is a traditional agricultural fair, visitors to the gallery will experience an exhibition with a distinctly contemporary twist.
Cleo Mussi has an engaging story to tell, and her characters, from life-sized ‘robo-rabbits’ to ‘space scientists’ and ‘bucolic’ farmers, all jostle for their part in the plot. Her stories are derived from the real world of science and medicine, albeit reconstructed through the process of her own particular visual imagination.
Using recycled china to make her extraordinary figures, her surreal sense of humour is where she has made her mark. It’s as if the pieces of china she painstakingly chips at become fragments of DNA in her own genetic rearrangements of nature.
New Brewery Arts is the first gallery to host Pharma’s Market, which goes on tour until 2010.
We invite you into the spine tingling world of Cleo Mussi.
Events linked to this exhibition
Workshops for adults
A39 Garden mosaic weekend 24/25 October
A40 Magnificent mosaics 31 Oct/1 Nov
Children's half term workshop
A57 Smashing time down at the farm 29 October
On Saturday, 19 September, our Brewery Arts Storm Troupers Lindsay Allan-Hynd, Imogen Denley, Oskar Haser and Cat Powel (complete with white suits and goggles for Health & Safety) had a smashing time at the Aesthetic Cleansing in Brewery Court .
Deconstructing ugly and unwanted crockery (with mallets), they rebuilt mosaic works of art. Come and see the results on display in the gallery.
What is Aesthetic Cleansing?
You have heard of Feng Shui and Life Laundering and all those services that claim to help you declutter your life. Well, for just one day, New Brewery Arts offered Aesthetic Cleansing, a unique service that went one step further than all the others.
We offered the cathartic destruction of your most hideous ornaments.
We invited you to bring those porcelain knick-knacks that your relatives give you every Christmas, or heirlooms that have cluttered the back of the cupboard for years - and promised a ‘smashing time’.
You had the satisfaction of seeing unwanted items turned into works of art.
We had fun!
Thanks to Lindsay, Imogen, Oskar and Cat for all their hard work.