Approved: 16.08.2006

Mik Godley

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Considering Silesia
I'm interested in digital explorations, from pixel to painting and back again, and my project “Considering Silesia” examines issues of conflicting (Anglo-German) heritage, identity and migration observed in the context of our evolving relationship with the internet and new media - our digital “ways of seeing” - focusing on 'virtual expeditions' to

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  • Location: Nottingham, East Midlands
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Private commissions
  • Categories: Education project, Digital, Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: iPad, Watercolour, Field study
 

Biography

Considering Silesia I'm interested in digital explorations, from pixel to painting and back again, and my project “Considering Silesia” examines issues of conflicting (Anglo-German) heritage, identity and migration observed in the context of our evolving relationship with the internet and new media - our digital “ways of seeing” - focusing on 'virtual expeditions' to my mothers' homeland (Lower Silesia - a place I've never been to) and the very 'analogue' activity of painting. Albert Speers monumental “Riese” (Giant), tunnelled by 28,000 slave labourers into the mountains overlooking my mothers hometown, the forested scenery hiding what "is most certainly the largest bunker and probably the largest headquarters constructed during World War Two", link to my own families micro-histories and a previously concealed part of my identity. And what were the Nazis supposed to be building there? A development of what the Allied pilots called “Foo Fighters”: new and radical types of aircraft meant to save Hitler's war - the Haunebu flying saucers. "Considering Silesia" has been exhibited from San Francisco to Baltimore, and from Edinburgh to Zagreb, featured in several publications, received awards and critical acclaim. . An impressive combination of methodical observation and technical draughtsmanship matched by a mature understanding of the medium and just the right amount of spontaneity and freedom give these studies a real sense of urgency, energy and vitality. (Matt Price, saatchi-gallery.co.uk February 7, 2007) .

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2006 - Creative Collaborations, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Solo exhibitions 2010 - Nazi UFO's @ TotalKunst, TotalKunst Gallery, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2007 - Greetings from Silesia: Part V, Bend in the River Gallery, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire 2003 - El Theatro del Installazione et Pittura (sic), Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield, Yorkshire 2002 - El Theatro del Installazione et Pittura (sic), Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, Yorkshire 2002 - Sketches for The Altarpiece Project and densely encrusted with Rococo conceits, The Wallner Gallery and Djanogly Art Gallery foyer, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham 2000 - Drawings - Mik Godley, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Group exhibitions 2011 - Beyond the Horizon, Emrace Arts, Richard Attentborough Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK 2011 - The Bookmark Project, Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, UK 2011 - The Digital Canvas, Autodesk Gallery, One Market, San Francisco, CA 94105 2010 - 2010: the year we made contact - curated by Mik's Front Room, Nottingham Studios Presents..., Nottingham, UK 2010 - Because I Can - curated by Michael Forbes, Nottingham Studios Presents..., Nottingham, UK 2010 - Cunningham-Godley-Hockney, Triton Gallery, Sledmere House, Sledmere, Yorkshire, UK 2010 - London Art Fair (BendInTheRiver), Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK 2010 - Nottingham Castle Annual Open 2010, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK 2010 - Occidental Dimension, University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK 2009 - Face to Face – Contemporary portraiture, The Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK 2009 - London Art Fair (BendInTheRiver & Own Art - Arts Council England), Business Design Centre, Islington, London 2009 - Penned, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 2008 - Buy Art Fair (BendInTheRiver), Urbis, Manchester 2008 - No Letters, Nettie Horn Gallery, London 2008 - Penned, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA 2007 - Parade: Terra Incognita, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham 2007 - Planchette: presented by Black Box, hosted by Spectre vs. Rector @ Residence, The Residence Gallery, London 2007 - The Redemptive Beauty of Life After Death, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 2006 - Drawingspace, Southwell Art Space, Southwell, Nottinghamshire 2006 - When Men and Mountains Meet, Galerija 01/Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia 2003 - The Ashbourne Gallery, Ashbourne Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire 2002 - Art from the Studios, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham 2001 - Createx, Gothenburg City Library Exhibition Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 2001 - Createx, Museum of South West, Midland, Texas, USA 1999 - Conflux, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Curated projects 2007 - In the Echo of a Shadow, Corridor Gallery, School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds 2007 - PARADE: Book Launch - London, The Drawing Room, London 2006 - yes I said yes I will yes, 1851 Gallery and Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 2003 - DELINEATE, Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingham Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Research Bursary (one year), Arts Council England, East Midlands, Nottingham, UK 2007 - Future Factory Fellowship, Future Factory, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 2007 - Future Factory Fellowship, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK Publications 2009 - "From Breslau to Rothko to Wroclaw" Nottingham Visual Arts, interenet magazine, Nottingham (article) 2009 - STAPLE 71: The Art Issue, "Considering Silesia" text & image project 2008 - “/seconds magazine 9”, the online journal of contemporary art and its research, London 2008 - “Soul Food, and Music: Research and Innovation for Creative Business”, (interview) by Kim Errington, Neil Maycroft and Jim Shorthose, NCN Nottingham 2007 - “Parade” Angel Row Gallery (catalogue) 2007 - “The Redemptive Beauty of Life After Death” Bonington Gallery (catalogue), essay Peter Suchin Other 2007 - Nottingham Creative Business Awards - Visual Arts, The Ballroom, The Council House, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham

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