Medicine Bakery and Gallery, 69 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4DU
Join us to celebrate the opening of Forward: New Art from Birmingham. Pay bar.
Includes a live performance In Two Minds by Kevin Atherton, 6.15pm.
The work premiered in 1978 at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Since then there have been a number of re-engagements by the artist with his young self when on each occasion he brings himself at that point of his career and accumulated experience into the exchange. It is not an old work – rather a re-entering of a room – a re-engagement. There is a dynamic in this work between celebration and chaos, that is captured though the duality of perspective of time and of place. It becomes something else over time – revisiting always reveal something new. It is a work that uses the self but is not specifically about the artist – rather it considers what the self is. In Two Minds has been exhibited in group shows at San Francisco MOMA; MOMA Vienna and at Tate Britain and in 2012 at ICA London and is in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). For the exhibition in Birmingham Atherton will perform with the original video across a forty-one year gap between the recorded and the live.
Please note Medicine Bakery and Gallery is only accessible via a steep staircase.