‘Everything Flows’ – Exhibition features ‘Come and Go’ by Rose Butler (Fine Art, SHU) in Sheffield this summer

Still from dual-screen mockup of Come & Go by Rose Butler

07 June 2017 – 03 September 2017
Millennium Gallery
Sheffield S1 2PP

Everything Flows will bring together work by Sheffield-based artists working with painting, sculpture, video, photography and sound. The works are each united, in different ways, by a sense of ‘flow’, from choreographed movement and kinetic motion, through to the fluctuations of narrative, and the movement of international finance and migration.

Come and Go is a dual-screen, interactive artwork taking Edison’s 1920s films of the Serpentine Dance as its reference, with the dance phrases filmed from above and on high speed camera (slow motion). The dance phrases choreographed by Alexander Whitley references drone technology, states of limbo, control and resistance. The dancer shapes, animates and makes airborne a length of white silk as she moves within the frame. The marks, scribes and scuffs on the floor alongside the shapes and creases of the material point towards classical paintings. Each screen depicts a similar dance phrase, one plays forwards and one backwards, only occasionally does this become apparent. There are moments of synchronicity and times when the subject’s temporal coordinates are lost. This in addition to the ‘bird’s eye’ camera angle creates a non human-centred focus. The choreographic interpretation takes influence from flight, drones, states of limbo and invisibility.

Curated by Jeanine Griffin, the Everything Flows includes work by Paul Barlow, Rose Butler, Joseph Cutts, Natalie Finnemore, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas, Peter Martin, and Ryan Mosley, along with screening programmes/events curated by Annexinema and Joseph Cutts & Ashley Holmes. Everything Flows forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

Rose Butler is an artist, researcher and senior lecturer of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University working with video, photography, sound, animation and installation. Find out more about Rose’s work here.