A bird in the head

Rieko Akatsuka  Marc Beattie  Yoav Ben-David  Mujeeb Bhatti  Simon Costin  Benjamin Dawton  Katie Deith  Dunhill and O'Brien  Geraint Evans  Freya Gabie  Oona Grimes  Ole Hagen  Derek Hampson  Tania Kovats  Helen Maurer  Kim L Pace  Nicholas Pace  Brothers Quay  Heather Ross  Helen Sturgess  Peter Suchin  David Webster  Alan Woodfine  Sarah Woodfine
 

Ole Hagen  Candidates  1998  taxidermy birds and acrylic  26 x 45.5 x 31.5 cm

10 June - 8 July 2017

curated by Sarah Woodfine and Danielle Arnaud

Walt Disney, who depicted highly imagined visionary animated fantasies, had a favourite song: Feed the birds from the motion picture Mary Poppins.

Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls,
Come, buy my bags full of crumbs;
Come feed the little birds,
Show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
The young ones are hungry
The nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag

- Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman), Feed the birds, 1964

A bird in the head investigates dream and fantastical realms in relation to birds; it also explores the overlaps between the domestic and the wild, escape, control and containment.

David Attenborough once said: 'everyone likes birds', he also said 'birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious. Once they take off from our bird tables or our lawns they disappear into a world of their own.'

An accompanying text by Peter Suchin will be available as part of the exhibition.

 
Geraint Evans  Only the lonely  2017  oil on board  57 x 61 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor
Derek Hampson  Thirty Three Crows  2016  lambda c-type print on aluminium (unique)  42 x 59 x 1 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor
 

Rieko Akatsuka Always (t)here  2017  wood and mixed media  40.5 x 27.3 cm  and  Helen Maurer  Modernest  2017  glass, wood, led spot-light and lighting stand  dimensions variable  installation view by Oskar Proctor

Katie Deith  Nalichxay  2017  oil on canvas  102 x 76.5 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Rieko Akatsuka Always (t)here  2017  wood and mixed media  40.5 x 27.3 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Helen Maurer  Modernest  2017  glass, wood, led spot-light and lighting stand  dimensions variable  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Ole Hagen  Candidates  1998  taxidermy birds and acrylic  26 x 45.5 x 31.5 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Alan Woodfine  A bird in the head  2017  recycled wood and wood glue  37 x 42 x 21 cm  and  Sarah Woodfine  The Birthday Party  2017  gouache on board and perspex  8 x 12.4 x 12.4 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Alan Woodfine  Gypsy bird house  2017  recycled wood and wood glue  28 x 45 x 30 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Yoav Ben-David  Beyond the Green Line  2017  oil on linen  45.7 x 61 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

Oona Grimes  Morpheus 2, 4 and 3  2017  spray paint on paper, collage and coloured pencil  76 x 57 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

A bird in the head  2017  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Ole Hagen  Astral Bat  2017  DVD video, monitor and mixed media  197 x 50 x 56 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Sarah Woodfine  Lion and raven  2011  pencil on paper, glass dome  15 x 16 x 16 cm  and  Helen Sturgess  One for sorrow (Australian Magpie)  2017 pen on paper  25.5 x 35.4 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Geraint Evans  Our Green and Pleasant Land  2017  oil on board  57 x 61 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

A bird in the head  2017  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Marc Beattie  The Ortolan IV and V  2017  ink and pencil on paper  22 x 15 cm each  installation view by Oskar Proctor

Benjamin Dawton The Sad Prince's Magician  2017  black wool, various other fabrics made to fit the artist  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Kim L Pace  Ornitho_Logical  2017  watercolour and digital collage on paper  120 x 80 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Quay Brothers  The Epic of Gilgamesh  2011  animation  11 min  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Marc Beattie  The Ortolan  2017  ink and pencil on paper  39.2 x 29.7 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

A bird in the head  2017  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

A bird in the head  2017  installation view by Oskar Proctor

Mujeeb Bhatti  Am I a bird in a cage  2017  silkscreen  21 x 14.8 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Heather Ross  Domestic Dawn Chorus  2015  HD video  12’23 minutes  edition of 3  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Nicholas Pace  Parakeet Playground  2014  oil on canvas  81 x 165 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

A bird in the head  2017  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Peter Suchin  Totemic Dispersion  2017  micro-installation  dimensions variable  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

A bird in the head  2017  installation view by Oskar Proctor  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Dunhill and O’Brien  Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail  2017  mixed media  120 x 50 x 60 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Derek Hampson  White Fantail  2017  wood  26 x 22.8 x 13 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

Tania Kovats  Nests and Eggs  2011  pencil on paper  52 x 39.5 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Yoav Ben-David  A bird with spheres  2017  oil on linen  45.7 x 61 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Freya Gabie  Elsewhere  2017  partly erased found postcards  11 x 101 x 2 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Nicholas Pace  Monument (key drawing)  2009  pencil on paper  142 x 69 cm  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 

Oona Grimes  Morpheus’ eye things flat  and  Morpheus’ eye things flat single (cyclops)  2017  clay  dimensions variable  installation view by Oskar Proctor

 
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