Approved: 16.08.2006

Carol Sommer

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Approved: 16.08.2006

My practice comprises text, film, sound and performance. It usually draws on what is already available.
A lot of my work is driven by an interest in taxonomies and classification systems, and in particular an interest in the illuminations and absurdities that arise as a result of applying classification systems to existing bodies of information - a few examples of this include the dialogue between

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  • Location: Darlington, North East

Biography

My practice comprises text, film, sound and performance. It usually draws on what is already available. A lot of my work is driven by an interest in taxonomies and classification systems, and in particular an interest in the illuminations and absurdities that arise as a result of applying classification systems to existing bodies of information - a few examples of this include the dialogue between conceptual art practice from the 1960s and risk assessment required by current Health & Safety legislation, the systems that people devise and use to organise their CD and music collections, and the relativity of written descriptions of colour by artists and art critics. More recently a lot of my work has focused on the perception of female characters in literature. A key factor in this is a fascination with the formal qualities of languages and terminology that are part of specialist activities and professions, as well as the formal qualities of the language of particular writers and the language of ordering or classification systems themselves. Whilst classification may always be something that is provisional and therefore might never be more than a serious game, I relish the challenge of a serious game and enjoy the tension created through this approach; between on the one hand the desire to be open to both wonder and to complexity and on the other, the desire to understand through classifying or measuring.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2008 - Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Darlington College, Sunderland 2005 - MA (Hons) Fine Art Practice, University of Northumbria, Newcastle 2003 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Cleveland College of Art & Design, Middlesbrough Solo exhibitions 2012 - Echo & Narcissus, Winterbourne House & Gardens, Birmingham 2005 - He wasn’t a gentleman volunteer in the army of the moral law, Arc, Stockton 2004 - Size Matters, Offsite, Phoenix Arts, Leicester and Greystones Gallery, Glenridding, Leicester Group exhibitions 2012 - Black Prince Gray Prince, We Are Open, Middlesbrough 2012 - Text & Context, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 2011 - A Library Is On Fire, Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - blimey! lounge, Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington 2011 - Love Letter, Love Letter, We Are Open, Middlesbrough 2011 - Unfinished Business, Wallington Hall, Northumberland 2009 - blimey! social, Railway Institute Working Men's Club, Darlington 2009 - Horror Asparagus Stories, Art Land, Bishop Auckland 2009 - On Colour, Beetroot Tree Gallery, Derbyshire 2009 - Ornament Is Crime?, MIMA, Middlesbrough 2007 - Horror Asparagus Stories @ The Really Super Market, MIMA, Middlesbrough 2006 - Are YOU an artist? @ Make Your Own Damn Art World, MIMA, Middlesbrough 2005 - Saints and Artists, Northumbria University, Newcastle 2004 - Postal Room Weekend, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle 2004 - Stringing a Sentence Together, Tabernacle Arts Centre, London 2003 - Gosee #1, Mountbatten Gallery, Portsmouth 2003 - Inspiration Engine, Psyche, Middlesbrough 2003 - Seeing by Wireless, Film Festival, Hastings Public commissions 2005 - Tyne Line of Txt Flow , GTP and NCC, Newcastle upon Tyne