THE PLEASURE CENTRE: STUART CROFT, EDWARD THOMASSON & MICHAEL ROBINSON

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THE PLEASURE CENTRE:
STUART CROFT, EDWARD THOMASSON & MICHAEL ROBINSON

14 – 21 JUNE 2013 – CUBE GALLERY – FREE ENTRY

The pursuit of pleasure is at the heart of this exhibition of films by three leading artists. In Stuart Croft’s Drive In a character delivers a monologue to her partner, telling the tale of a fantasy paradise that never reaches its destination. Paradise of a different kind is sought in Michael Robinson’s These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, a gaudy found footage mash-up featuring Cleopatra and the Kind of Pop. Edward Thomason’s Inside looks within for quieter, more tactile pleasures, weaving together three stories exploring what might be going on beneath the surface of the human mind and body. Resulting from the Fine Art Practices group research at De Montfort University, this show forms part of a city wide exhibition and symposium addressing the theme of pleasure in modern and contemporary art. The Pleasure Centre has been produced in association with De Montfort University RIF funding and curated by Phoenix and artist Anna Lucas.

ARTISTS WORKS
Michael Robinson – ‘These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us’ 2010
Edward Thomasson – ‘Inside’ 2012
Stuart Croft – ‘Drive In’ 2007 (images and CV)
Ursula Mayer – ‘Gonda’ 2012

ARTISTS CVS

STUART CROFT
b 1970
Lives and works in London

CONTACT
Studio studio@stuartcroft.com
Website www.stuartcroft.com

EDUCATION
1998 MA Fine Art. Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
1994 BA Fine Art. Wimbledon School of Art, London

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
2009-present Royal College of Art, London. 0.5 Tutor – Moving Image Studio (School of Fine Art)
2008 Royal College of Art, London. 0.2 Teaching Fellow in Moving Image
2004-09 Royal College of Art, London. 0.5 Tutor – Time Based Arts (School of Fine Art)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/SOLO SURVEY SCREENINGS
2013 Stuart Croft: Platform China, Beijing, China
2012 Stuart Croft: Tate Learning Solo Screening. Tate Modern (Starr Auditorium), London, UK
2011 Stuart Croft: Comma 39. Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK
2011 Stuart Croft: The Stag Without a Heart, Kulturverein BB15, Linz, Austria
2011 Stuart Croft – Survey Screening. Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria
2011 Stuart Croft: The Stag Without a Heart. Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA) Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Stuart Croft: The Death Waltz: Base-Alpha Gallery. Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Stuart Croft: Drive In. Sint Lukas Academy, Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Stuart Croft – Survey Screening. Cinema Zuid, Antwerp, Belgium
2010 Stuart Croft: The Death Waltz. Fred [London], London, UK
2010 Stuart Croft: Drive In. The Wasp Room, Nottingham, UK
2009 Stuart Croft: The Death Waltz. MCA, Valetta, Malta
2009 Stuart Croft: Drive In. REIS Projects, Antwerp, Belgium
2009 Stuart Croft – Survey Screening. MuHKA_Media, Antwerp, Belgium
2009 Stuart Croft: Drive In. Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK
2008 Stuart Croft: Drive In / The Death Waltz. Fred [Leipzig], Leipzig, Germany
2008 Stuart Croft – Survey Screening. Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy
2008 Stuart Croft: Drive In. Fred [London] , London, UK
2007 Stuart Croft – Survey Screening, FACT, Liverpool, UK
2006 Stuart Croft: Century City, Fred [London], London, UK
2005 Video Box: The Loss Leader. White Box, New York, USA
2003 Stuart Croft: Hit. Rhodes + Mann Gallery, London, UK
2002 Stuart Croft: Rococo 55. Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK
2000 Stuart Croft: Loveless (VideoSpin Series). The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
1999 Stuart Croft: The Everlasting (Projection Series). Gasworks Gallery, London, UK
1997 Stuart Croft: Duomania. Unit, London, UK

FUNDING AWARDS/COMMISSIONS
2011 Bloomberg. COMMA Commission
2011-14 Royal College of Art . Research Remission (Feature Film Development)
2011 Royal College of Art. Research Development Fund
2010 Royal College of Art. Research Development Fund
2009 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Research Grant (Practice-Led and Applied)
2007 Royal College of Art. Research Development Fund
2007 Royal College of Art. Research Development Fund
2006 Arts Council England. Grants for the Arts
2005 Royal College of Art. Research Development Fund
2005 Fred [London] Ltd. Production Commission
2003 Rhodes + Mann Ltd. Production Commission
2002 London Arts. Artist’s Development Award
1997-98 British Academy / AHRB. Postgraduate Bursary
1996 London Arts Board. Individual Artist’s Award

MICHAEL ROBINSON
Michael Robinson (b.1981) is a film and video artist whose work explores the joys and dangers of mediated experience, riding the fine lines between humor and terror, nostalgia and contempt, ecstasy and hysteria. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, museums, and galleries including The 2012 Whitney Biennial, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, MoMA P.S.1, The London Film Festival, REDCAT Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Sundance Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Tate Modern, Impakt, Media City, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Images Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the San Francisco, Melbourne, Leeds, Vienna, Singapore and Hong Kong International Film Festivals. He was the recipient of a 2009 residency from The Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2011-2012 Film/Video Residency Award from The Wexner Center for the Arts, a 2012 Creative Capital grant, and his films have received awards from numerous festivals. Michael was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000’s by Film Comment magazine, one of the “Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50” by Cinema Scope magazine in 2012, and his work has been discussed in publications such as Artforum, Art Papers, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Dazed and Confused, The Nation, BOMBlog, and The Brooklyn Rail. He has curated programs for San Francisco Cinematheque, Whitechapel Gallery, Cornell Cinema, and The State Contemporary Art Center in Moscow. Michael holds a BFA from Ithaca College, a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema at Binghamton University

EDWARD THOMASSON
Born 1985, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.
Lives and works in London

EDUCATION
2009-2011 Slade School of Fine Art, London (M.A)
2004-2007 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (B.A Hons)

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2012-2013 LUX Associate Artists Programme 2012-2014 Chisenhale Gallery CREATE Residency 2011 -2012 The Nina Stewart Artist Residency with South London Gallery/SPACE

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Ups and Downs, Locomotion, London 2012 Just About Managing, Southard Reid, London Inside, South London Gallery, London Find A Problem To Solve, Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Coded Conduct, Pilar Corrias, London 2011 
One Another’s Company, IMT Gallery, London M.A Summer Exhibition, The Slade School of Fine Art, London 2010 New Contemporaries, The A Foundation, Liverpool, touring to ICA, London The Life Room, CHELSEA Space, London 2009 Self Protection is Not Magical, (with Lucy Beech) Schicksal Oder Vaseline?,The Showroom, Berlin

COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCES WITH LUCY BEECH
2012 Open House, South London Gallery, London 2011 Twist, IMT Gallery, London 7 Year Itch, More Soup and Tart, Barbican Theatre, London Human Resources, Platform One, Bloomsbury Theatre, London 2010 Holding it Together, Night and Day, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford The Cigarette Game, Testing Ground: Live, Zabludowicz Collection, London On Face Work, I Was There, Stedefreund Berlin 2009 Self Protection is not Magical, Making Mistakes, Paradise Row, London

SCREENINGS
2011 Touching, Movie Night Vol. 4: Global House Screenings, Kunsthalle Gwangju, Korea Escape, Tomorrow’s World, Nutbrook Studios, London 2010 Drill, Should I Stay or Should I Go? A question rehearsed by RUN, CHELSEA Space, London 2008