Causing Chaos artists

Claire Barclay

BORN Paisley
BASED Glasgow
EDUCATION 1993 MFA, Glasgow School of Art
1990 BA Hons Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art
RECENT WORK 2010-11 ‘Shadow Spans’, The Bloomberg Commission, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2010 ‘Overlap’, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow International 2010
2009 ‘Openwide’, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Claire Barclay works with varied materials and techniques in her sculpture from organic materials such as straw or leather to industrially
fi nished metals. She collaborates with for example saddlers or
engineers to achieve the highest quality crafted objects. Individual pieces are intuitively grouped
together in tactile installations which respond to the spaces in which they are exhibited. Her own work addresses many of the themes she
explores in this exhibition.
The new sculptures created for Causing Chaos balance contrasting materials (hard machined shiny metal and stitched matt soft leather) to
produce enigmatic objects that look as if they might have some as yet unknown function.

Siobhan Hapaska

BASED London
EDUCATION 1992 MA, Goldsmith’s College, London
1988 BA, Middlesex Polytechnic, London
RECENT WORK 2010 ‘Isole mai Trovate – Islands never found’, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
2009-10 ‘The Nose that Lost its Dog’, solo show at Glasgow Sculpture Studios: following a three month
Production Residency
2008 ‘Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture’, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Siobhan Hapaska has encased a rough found object, a coconut, within a smooth fi breglass shell to disconcerting eff ect. There is an ambiguity
as to whether the contained object is protected or imprisoned which its title does not quite resolve. The coconut’s ‘eyes’ give it the
appearance of a creature looking out. As with the uncanny places evoked by Hapaska’s
sculptural installations the work combines the feel of nature with a sense of a futuristic society.

Johannes Nagel

BORN Jena, Germany
BASED Halle (Saale), Germany
EDUCATION 2008 Diploma of fi ne art/ceramics, University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany
2001 apprenticeship as a potter with Kinya Ishikawa in Val-David, Quebec, Canada
RECENT WORK 2009 postgraduate stipend of the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle
2009 Scottish Arts Council Crafts Residency in Cove Park, Scotland
2009 ‘The vessel – the object’, Kunstforum Solthurn, Switzerland
A delicate material is given a rugged treatment with Johannes Nagel’s porcelain displaying the seams and surface texture left by the casting
process. In the ‘Excavated’ works he digs out a vessel form in deep sand with his hands and then creates a mould from the space he
has created. He cannot predict therefore exactly what the shape of this vessel will be until it is cast. These improvised works play with the
tradition of the vase. With ‘Cloud’ he casts a discarded crushed plastic vessel and transforms it into something altogether more poetic.

Suzanne Petzold

BORN Dresden, Germany
BASED Dresden, Germany
EDUCATION 2004 Diploma of fi ne art/ceramics, University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany
1998 cultural studies in Hildesheim, Germany
1997 one year traineeship at the Gallery for Contemporary Art, Dresden, Germany
RECENT WORK 2010 ‘Richard Bampi – Prize 2010’ for ceramics, Hetjens Museum Düsseldorf, Germany
2009 ‘Perron’, Frankenthal Porcelain Prize, Porzellanikon, Selb, Germany
2009 ‘Malerei auf Keramik’, Handwerkskammer, Munich, Germany
Susanne Petzold’s small scale works epitomise the fragile and precious qualities associated with porcelain. They are
however mysterious objects which claim to be machines. Part of a larger series they were created for an installation called ‘The Doctor’s
Curiosity Cabinet’. Originally displayed on metal shelving they were meant as the miniature inventions of a fi ctitious scientist.

Shari Pierce

BORN Buffalo, New York, USA
BASED Munich, Germany
EDUCATION 2007 Master of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany
1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina, USA
RECENT WORK 2010 ‘Whitewash/ Portraits of 34 Sex Off enders and 2 Sexual Predators from Within a 5 Mile Radius’, Galerie
Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009 ‘She LL Project’, Lothringerstr 13, Contemporary Art Museum, Munich, Germany
2007-2009 ‘Cardboard Democracy’, Vienna, Austria, Amsterdam, NL & Washington DC, USA
(2007 Winner of Pierre Lang So Fresh European Jewellery Award)
This series of necklaces made from non-precious, even thrown away materials, refl ects on our consumerist society and contemporary
social protest. ‘Cardboard democracies’ are states where democracy is sham but discarded cardboard also provides the means to create
placards for demonstrations against injustice and shelter for the homeless. Hence a Californian activist Shari Pierce came across on the
web titled one of his postings ‘Arsenal of Democracy: Cardboard’. The human fragility embodied in these issues is further emphasised by
the artist’s choice of materials with the surface paint for example eroding as the jewellery is worn.

Estela Saez Vilanova

BORN Girona, Spain
BASED Amsterdam, Netherlands
EDUCATION 2009 Master of Arts, University of Trier, Idar Oberstein, Germany
2001 Graduate in Plastics Arts & Design, Major: Jewellery, Escola Massana, Barcelona
RECENT WORK 2010 ‘Travelling Symposium 2010’, Museum of Modern Art, Tarragona, Spain
2010 ‘Encuentros y Desencuentros’, two person exhibition, Galeria Medellin, Mexico City, Mexico
2010 ‘Schmuck 2010’, Handwerkskammer, Munich, Germany
Through her brooches Estela Saez Vilanova tries to evoke some of her sensory memories of her homeland: ‘The colours of a cherished,
familiar landscape, somewhere in the foothills of the Pyrenees leading to the Mediterranean Sea…homesick colours.’ The black is likened
to traditional Catalan folk ceramics, the yellow to the quality of light, to honey and the bee. Stitching is used to link hard and soft materials
as if they are old loved objects retrieved through darning. Value therefore becomes more associated with the emotional meaning of the
object rather than with the precious metals incorporated in it.

Jane Simpson

BORN Watford
BASED London
EDUCATION 1988 BA Hons, Chelsea School of Art, London
1993 postgraduate diploma, Royal Academy Schools, London
RECENT WORK 2008 ‘My Inheritance and Other Blood Tales’, Gering Lopez, New York
2006 ‘Still Still Life’ Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid
2005 ‘A Three Way Conversation with Myself’, The New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche
Court, Wiltshire
Jane Simpson often starts from familiar objects and then explores the nature of diff erent materials and making processes to transform
the appearance and meaning of her source material. She is known for her use of refrigeration units to freeze and melt objects. ‘Pistachio
Tower, Curved Urn’ is part of a series which relates to the still-life paintings of Italian artist Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964). His repeated
re-working of groups of simple pure vessels has been brought to life and re-interpreted by her in several ways including photographs of
beautifully lit Tupperware and animated groups of colourful cast rubber vessels. Here a group of classical elegance is cast using material
closer to the paintings’ original subjects if not to the objects cast.

Richard Slee

BORN Carlisle
BASED London (currently Professor, University of the Arts, London)
EDUCATION 1988, MA Design, Royal College of Art
1970, BA Ceramics, Central School of Art and Design, London
1965, Carlisle College of Art and Design
RECENT WORK 2010-11 ‘From Utility to Futility’ solo presentation, Ceramic Galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2010, solo show, Hales Gallery, London
2010 ‘Knock Knock: Who’s There? That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore’,Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York
Richard Slee’s domestically scaled objects subvert the ideas of function and decorativeness associated with ceramic tradition. Beneath
the immaculately smooth and shiny glazed surfaces he introduces humour and irony. His practice epitomises the fusion of characteristics
associated with craft with those of visual art. He now incorporates new found objects and non-ceramic materials, he groups work as installations
referred to as ‘landscapes’ and has created performance pieces.

Hans Stofer

BORN Baden, Switzerland
BASED London (currently Professor and Head of Department, Department of Goldsmithing,
Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art)
EDUCATION 1984 MA Jewellery and Design, Zurich School of Art
1976 Precision Engineering degree, Brown Boveri Technical College, Baden, Switzerland
RECENT WORK 2010 solo exhibition ‘Walk the Line’, Galerie SO, London
2010 ‘Straw Dogs’, Spring Projects, London
2009 ‘Our Objects’, Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art
Hans Stofer often combines metalwork with found materials. He selects sometimes damaged or partial objects and re-presents them as
part of a new and greater whole with fresh meaning. Their imaginative transformation can be mirrored in the titles which reinforce the wit
and characteristics of the work. Here a jug which can no longer hold liquid due to its absent back is supported by a new handle which mimics
a cheese known for its holes