Drop City, Newcastle
at Laing Art Gallery
An exhibition of diverse works by artists who have been brought together over the past year via the kinship of Drop City, a collective-gallery established in Newcastle in 2014 and concurrently resident in Düsseldorf and Brussels, with a central objective of strengthening links between local and international art networks. Drop City aims to foster a supportive system of relationships and awareness of collaboration, developing a programme by way of international cooperations and exchange of ideas.
Between November 2014 — October 2015 Drop City, Newcastle presented 8 exhibitions in our gallery at 20 South Street. Since it is Drop City’s ambition to work with artists who are at various stages of their careers and whose practices have a particular reference to Drop City and its founder’s motivations, the gallery space allowed for an intense and complex relationship to develop between artists and audiences during our first year.
As our location at 20 South Street closed for re-development, we are excited to take this opportunity to explore more ways to work in the city, carrying on the format of a commercial gallery – representing and supporting our artists work on the international stage – whilst opening up a more dynamic potential for our activity and engagement with the city.
Drop City Centre presents painting, photography, design, furniture, objects, sculpture and installation, as well as event-based live performance and film by artists including Christian Jendreiko, Eleanor Wright, Francesco Pedraglio, hobbypopMUSEUM, Katie Schwab, Markus Karstiess, Nadia Hebson, Paul Becker, Ralf Brög, Sam Watson, and Sophie Macpherson.
Join us for the opening of Drop City Centre with a drop-in perfomance
by Christian Jendreiko ‘DREAM/RE-DREAM’
12—3pm Friday 11 March
Plucking, muting, turning, switching, waiting.
Artist Christian Jendreiko (born 1969, Recklinghausen) will present a new performance for Drop City Centre at the Laing Art Gallery.
Jendreiko is working on the design of ‘Instrumentalaktionen’ in the form of verbal notations and has been invited by museums, galleries and institutions all over the world to realise them.
In 2003 a set of his compositions were included into the collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Jendreiko’s verbal notations are a fictional theory of action that produces its own reality, which take the form of performances. The verbal notations function as a tool to invent settings where possibilities of both thinking and acting manifest that could not have been pre-imagined or anticipated. This method can be read as an individual contribution to the methodological approaches of speculative realism.
Jendreiko loves to collaborate with other artists. For the last thirty years Jendreiko has been working with Stefan Werni on the duo Werni & Jendreiko developing their shared concept of ‘Spekulative Elektronik’ (‘Speculative Electronics’). Since 1998 he has been a member of the Düsseldorf-London-based artist group hobbypopMUSEUM.
Jendreiko was visiting professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Nuremberg and is currently teaching at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf.