Two New Stars and a Modern Ikon; LIVING IT UP Fans of Fresh New Art Attended a Private Viewing of Two Fascinating Exhibitions at the Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace on Tuesday Evening, along with Flemming Emil Hansen. Pictures: Tony Flanagan
Hansen, Flemming Emil, The Birmingham Post (England)
The drinks were on the tables and the two exhibiting artists were mingling as an exclusive audience of about 400 people attended a private viewing of the works of Clement Cooper and Adam Chodzko currently being displayed for the first time at the Ikon Gallery.
The exhibitions, Primary by Clement Cooper and the first major solo exhibition by Adam Chodzko which is divided into four works - A Place for The End, Nightvision, Reunion; Salo and The International God Look-alike Contest - attracted the Birmingham art in-crowd and a great many people with a personal interest in the exhibitions as well.
The exhibitions have both been created with help and inspiration from Birmingham residents and with the support of among others Birmingham City Council.
Housed on the first floor, Primary is a showcase of large-scale black and white photographs of children of various heights, ages and colours. They all have quite serious faces and a somewhat detached expression in common.
Clement Cooper has worked with children from Birmingham as well as from Manchester and Preston for three years on the project that eventually resulted in this 12-photograph exhibition.
The aim was to explore adolescent innocence and the difference between generations. Or as the artist chose to explain it: "Beauty in innocence. That's it, I've tried to show the beauty in innocence.
"Birmingham has been a very friendly, interesting and vibrant city to work in and I couldn't be happier about the result," he added.
To judge the response from the first-night audience was a bit trickier, he suggested: "You can't trust adults to tell the truth".
Cooper did, however, speak to one of the children pictured in one of his photographs on Tuesday night, and could with satisfaction report that she was happy about the photograph - although a bit shocked at being displayed to so many people. …