‘I would like to nominate Rose Frain, a wonderfully fierce artist and feminist who has been my friend and mentor since I first moved to the UK.
Rose Frain is based in Edinburgh and shows her work nationally and internationally. She works with objects utilizing many different media such as video, drawing, painting and brings these together in site responsive installations. To me her most influential work to date is her ongoing project ‘This Time in History’ that she started 1999. Hereby she engages with current political occurrences and identifies critical moments within the mediation and construction of so called ‘history’. Elements of this project have been shown for instance at the Victoria & Albert Museum, at Goldsmiths, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, at the Demarco Foundation at Summerhall.’
For more information: www.rosefrain.com
Last autumn I also wrote a review of her exhibition ‘This Time in History, What Escapes/Afghanistan’ that I had seen at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
Claudia Pilsl is an Austrian artist based in Bristol and Wels, who exhibits widely, both nationally and internationally.
Solo shows … Recent solo shows are ‘Playing Out in the City’ at Auf der Festung in Salzburg, ‘Between Worlds’ at Bend in the River in Gainsborough, ‘Parks, Gardens and Urban Living’ at artP Kunstverein Perchtoldsdorf, ‘One two infinity’ at Bend in the River in Gainsborough, ‘Latent Space’ at ROOM in Bristol, ‘Space Encounters’ at the Landesmuseum in Linz, ‘Zwischenräume’ at the Galerie im Bürgerhaus in Neunkirchen and ‘Aperture’ at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth.
Group Shows … My work has been included in the numerous group shows: ‘a small group show’ at x-church in Gainsborough, ‘Data Ache’ at Radiant Gallery in Plymouth, 24h cinema at Fesitval 24-x in Gainsborough, ‘Loose Space’ (also curated) at ArtP in Perchtoldsdorf, ‘Within Walking Distance’ at Bermondsey Project Space in London, ‘A Loose Traverse’ at Greenwich Gallery in London, ‘The Walking Encyclopedia’ at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke on Trent, ‘An Urban Analogue’ At Goldsmiths College in London, ‘Paradise Revealed’ in Kent, ‘Introduction to the History of Art’ at Ursula Blickle Foundation in Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, ‘For the time being/A Promise of Progress’ at the Victoria Baths Manchester, ‘Species of Spaces’ at Danielle Arnaud in London, ‘Liminal / Minimal / Nominal: Architectural Traces’ at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, and ‘Host’ at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.
Fellowships etc. … She has undertaken public and private commissions both in the UK and Europe and has had various residencies for instance in Manchester, New York or Rome. To date, she has been awarded two major fellowships (Arts Council Austria, City of Bremen), the Prize for Visual Art of Upper Austria, and a Research Fellowship at Southampton Institute next to numerous assistance and travel grants.