Kwan Makes Bread
12 October – 23 November 2013
Opening: Friday 11 October 2013, 6.30pm
Union Gallery is pleased to announce a forthcoming solo exhibition by gallery artist Mike Marshall. The exhibition will feature a new video work by the artist filmed in a remote location in Thailand.
Mike Marshall’s work is often produced in places far from the familiar and urban contexts of contemporary art. Recent work has focused in on people engaged in their daily work: the projectionist of a small town cinema in India, Vietnamese farmers working an olive grove in Cyprus.
Kwan Makes Bread 2013 is a short study of Kwan, a bread maker living in Thailand. Everyday from early in the morning until the evening Kwan makes bread for visiting tourists. In a series of short sequences Marshall’s film examines the sensory aspects of Kwan’s daily activities in direct relation to her immediate environment.
A recurrent and notable feature of Marshall’s work is the successive and unexpected change in focus and depth of field. Frequently the camera rests its gaze on the peripheries of the frame - a napkin catching the breeze or a loaf of bread touched by low sunlight. These moments of stillness and contemplation are combined with a consciousness of deft activity - from a machine turning dough to the hypnotic rhythm of Kwan’s practiced hands.
Surrounding sounds also move in and out of range. Machinery, background conversation and the call of birds overlap or exist in tandem with their visual counterparts. These details are key elements of an overarching visual and audio choreography.
Marshall was born in 1967, and lives and works in London. His work has appeared prolifically in the UK and internationally with solo exhibitions at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK, Stour Valley Arts Gallery, Ashford, UK, ArtSway, UK, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, London, Union Gallery, London, Pharos Centre of Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus, Image Furini Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy, Pianissimo, Milan, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Tate St Ives. He has also taken part in international group exhibitions as well as in the UK at Whitechapel Gallery, London, Single Shot, Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia, ArtSway New Forest Pavilion 54th Biennale di Venezia, Italy, Dimensions in Contemporary British Art British Council Touring, India, Tallin Art Museum, Estonia, Leeds City Art Gallery and Florida Arts Centre, Miami, Estorick Collection, London, FACT, Liverpool and Gwanju Biennale, Korea.