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! Blessed Be :)) Merry Part :(( But Again !

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 to Saturday, 25 February 2017
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 - 6:00pm

! Blessed Be :)) Merry Part :(( But Again ! explores - through installation, sculpture and sound - correspondences between Alchemy, Magick and Contemporary Art; the ritual arrangement of objects and symbols in the physical, visible world to create a narrative dialogue that affects and changes the invisible, conceptual and emotional world within us. The exhibition is, in part, a response to the archaic revival; the reinvigoration of ancient knowledge and practice that has been censored, subsumed and manipulated by dogmatic ideological hegemonies for the last few centuries.

For ! Blessed Be :)) Merry Part :(( But Again ! Jeans Houghton presents an installation as an immersive self-reflexive-portrait. At once childhood bedroom, museum, studio and ceremonial space, a dreamlike environment sets the stage for the unfolding of an improvised idiosyncratic ‘learning curve’. The exhibition centres around a sculptural Birth Chart: an astrological diagram that depicts the planetary map on the date and time of the artist's birth, each planet represented in the sign and house it resided in at the moment he was born.

! Blessed Be :)) Merry Part :(( But Again ! reveals personal ritual technologies, inspired by a non denominational investigation into, and development of, magical tools; including objects to map intention, aid reflection and punctuate an open narrative of symbolic improvised self exploration. The exhibition draws much inspiration from The Quickening; a weekly 12-month programme of events hosted by the artist, spanning 318 hours of open improvisation at The Newbridge Project, Newcastle with members of the city’s vibrant art, music, noise, poetry and dance scene.

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Ben Jeans Houghton Graduated from Newcastle University MFA with an AHRC Research Scholarship and Studentship in 2014. As part of Futureeverything Festival, Manchester (2016), Babble Prelude, Abject Gallery, Newcastle (2016) and Open Process, Dance City, Newcastle (2015) he was commissioned to create performances that explore song, costume and sculpture. At The Newbridge Project (2014-2015) he created The Quickening; a free 12-month programme of weekly events, encouraging the exploration of improvisation in the creation of sculpture, poetry, dance, music and spoken word. Recent selected exhibitions include: Votives (The ARKA Group), Space In Between (2015); SecondLife, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK (2014); The Artists Cut, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2014); Axolotyl (The ARKA Group), Model Gallery, Liverpool (2014); On Between (The ARKA Group), Zabludowicz Collection Gallery, London (2014); The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed (The ARKA Group), Space In Between, off-site at Sutton House, London (2013); Beginnings (The ARKA Group), Whitstable Bienniale, Whitstable (2013); The Ocelli (The ARKA Group), Circa Screen, Circa Projects, Newcastle (2012); Stilllife, Broadcast on Channel Four (2012); Random Acts, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2012); Figure One (The ARKA Group), BALTIC 39, Newcastle (2012); The Ocelli (The ARKA Group), Space In Between, London (2012). Ben Jeans Houghton Lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Open Wednesday - Saturday, 1-6pm

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Space In Between
10A Mackintosh Lane
Homerton E9 6AB

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