Approved: 03.05.2010

Carl Rowe

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 03.05.2010
  • Location: Norwich, East
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Curating
  • Categories: Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Printmaking
  • Tags: politics, destruction, text, poster, postcard, food
 

Biography

I can’t escape my concern for the wrongdoing in the world. A surface layer of humour and absurdity masks a strong undercurrent of despair in my art, as I observe how the manipulative, greedy and corrupt are blissfully engineering repetitions of the calamities and failures documented throughout history.  

Although I am essentially an artist using print process, my practice employs a broad range of applications including video, performance, text and culinary methods. The materials that I use are often intrinsically connected with the images they portray such as the work Drool (2010), a screen-printed installation made with ink containing herbs and spices from the G20 countries and the Serbian paprika used in Deprecated Location (2014), a screen print depicting Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Recent works, Flame Thrust and Conical Axial (2016), with their depictions of curious mechanical components, engender a sense of the industrial revolution by combining woodcut with screen-print. Other works such as the screen-prints Moore is Law X 32 and 64 (2012) strongly signal the digital revolution. Installations such as Blast (2015) and Laissez-guided (2016) make futile gestures towards the folly of warfare.  

CV & Education

Exhibitions

2015

Okanagan Print Triennial, British Columbia, Canada

Hidden in Plain Sight, NUA Gallery, Norwich

2014

SAVORR XII, Norwich

Jackpot, Billboard Hoarding, Nuffield Hospital Cambridge (commissioned)

We Came Here to Conquer, Norwich Arts Centre, Group print show with Adam Bridgland, Aaron Griffin, Vicki Johnson and Tazelaar Stevenson.

Barbecue, film screening at Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago

2013

Synasthesia 3 // A Banquest for Ultra Bankruptcy, Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2012

Print Odyssey, Stew Gallery, Norwich

Neo:Print Prize, Neo: Gallery, Bolton

2011

3rd Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

For Love not Money, The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

KIWA 2011, Kyoto International Woodprint Association, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto

2010

Global Studio, Bluecoat, Liverpool

Pipe 10, Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Malaysia

2009

Recipe Cards, street performance, In association with Asaguya College of Art and Design and Norwich University College of the Arts, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

2008

Tempura, video, Aurora, International film festival, Norwich

Kunstwerk Bazaar, Outpost members show selected by Andrew Hunt, Outpost Gallery, Norwich

2006

Cyclone, Installation with light boxes and screenprinted floor, Hat Factory, Luton

2005

Dislocation, two-person show, Visions Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

Commissions, Installations, Performance and Public Works

2009   

Recipe Cards, street performance, In association with Asaguya College of Art and Design and Norwich University College of the Arts, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

2007   

Artwork/installation for Neutrinos video “one way kiss”, edited by Dan Tombs

2006   

Hayvend multiple, edition of 100 artworks for vending machines http://www.hayvend.com

209 shorts, 209 Radio Cambridge, http://www.209radio.co.uk

2005   

Future FM Radio, http://www.futurefmradio.co.uk/

Web work to coincide with Dislocation, Tokyo.

2003   

Virgin CD Gallery. Exhibition of multiples in CD boxes, Virgin Megastore, Norwich.

Talk Portfolio of prints published through Norwich School of Art and Design.

2002   

Postcards from the Coast Lowtide 2002. International ecology awareness event.

 Currency Portfolio of prints published through Norwich School of Art and Design

2000   

Splash Zone, installation, Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings.

Lowtide 2000, Beach project, Hastings.

 

Published Work

2013  

12, portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University of the Arts, Published at IMPACT 8: Borders and Crossings: The Artist as Explorer International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference 2013

2009  

8 Ways to Cook the Books, 20 page artist’s book published in an edition of 50. Launched at Impact 6, Bristol and available from http://www.carlrowe.co.uk

Market, collaborative portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University College of the Arts and Boston University, USA. Edited by Carl Rowe and Professor Deborah Cornell.

8 Ways to Cook the Books: Art, Food and Politics. Paper delivered at Impact Conference, Bristol, September 2009.

2007   

Evolution, collaborative portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich School of Art & Design, California State University, USA and Asagaya College of Art & Design, Tokyo. Conceived and edited by Carl Rowe.

2005   

Context, (printed multiple) published by Original Projects at Outpost Gallery, Norwich. Exhibited at ‘Publish and be Damned’.

2003   

Nursing the Artist in the UK, essay in catalogue for Robin Blackledge's residency and commission for Norfolk & Norwich NHS University Hospital.

 

Published Academic Papers

2013   

EASTprint IMPACT 8: Borders and Crossings: The Artist as Explorer International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference 2013

A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy: Desire*Flow*Inhibit, Essay and text written to accompany the performance and installation at the Arts Laboratory Berlin March 2013 http://www.artlaboratory-berlin.org/

2011   

8 Ways to Cook the Books: Art Politics and Food, Paper written for Impact 7 International Printmaking Conference September 2011 http://impact7.org.au/

 

Reviews and Catalogues

2011  

Kaljula, L., For Love Not Money p353 ISBN 978-9949-21-547-8, Tallinn, 2011

2010   

Rahman, A M., Pipe 10 p76 ISBN 978-983-42376-4-6, Malaysia, 2010

Griffin, J,. Global Studio http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/626390

2004  

Chetcuti, M., Salthouse 04 Crossing The line, Norwich 2004

Leeming, C., Domestic Haz-Chem a-n 2004 http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/article/133837

 

Qualifications

BA Honours Fine Art                  Manchester Polytechnic 1984

MA Fine Art                               Manchester Polytechnic 1985

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK

 

Employment

Norwich University of the Arts. http://www.nua.ac.uk

 

Memberships

Norwich Outpost Gallery. Artist member http://www.norwichoutpost.org/

Axis web. Artist member http://www.axisweb.org/