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Two Night Stands
17 March 2017 until 8 April 2017
The eponymous One Night Stands that launched the careers of leading UK artists in 1997 as part of the influential festival of Contemporary Art EASTinternational returns two decades later in a new form with a series of ephemeral projects. Between 17 March – 18 April Cooper Gallery will be taken over by emerging and internationally celebrated artists and collective groups in a series of two-day ‘happenings’. This sequence of immediate and impromptu appearances is shaped by the artists who use the space. Two Night Stands declares that the ownership of the gallery belongs to the artists who occupy it. Cooper Gallery will therefore be used as a space for painting and song writing by Ross Sinclair and his collaborators; live performance by Natalie Wardle and Jade Montserrat; writing and horror film production by OAPAO; collaborative printmaking by Dundee Print Collective; lectures by Lynda Morris (with interruptions from Bruce McLean); film installations by Ross Sinclair, Bruce McLean and Natalie Wardle and moments of song by Ross Sinclair and his collaborators. Two Night Stands asks the question of who owns a space and who occupies it? This question is a stubborn source of friction in culture and politics and a struggle that often “goes wrong, goes very wrong . . . but you must not worry because it might finish much, much worse…”. Speaking of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 Picasso’s words call out an abiding truth for the ‘post-truth’ world we now inhabit. Two Night Stands is co-curated by Cooper Gallery and Lynda Morris. In 1997 Morris curated One Night Stands with Kirsty Ogg as part of EASTinternational with artists including Jeremy Deller, Caroline Jupp, Bob & Roberta Smith, Fiona Templeton and Ross Sinclair who, twenty years later, will revisit his work 24hr Drum Solo in Two Night Stands. For Two Night Stands Lynda Morris asserts “it is still possible to be an artist who is a moral force in modern history”. Lynda Morris, recognized as the ‘artists’ curator’ is founder of Eastinternational an influential festival of contemporary art which has launched the careers of many artists and established Norwich as a recognized hub for contemporary art, with selectors including key figures including Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Konrad Fischer, Giuseppe Penone, Gustav Mezger, Jeff Wall and Laurence Wiener. She has a long history of working with and supporting artists and collaborative groups at crucial moments in their career and providing opportunity outside of the usual geographical centres of contemporary art. She has worked with artists including Karla Black, Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, Graham Fagan, Gilbert and George, Mary Kelly , Bruce McLean and Nice Style, Lucy McKenzie and Corin Sworn.