Alan Kane frequently celebrates creativity in everyday life, often working collaboratively on projects which draw on found or readymade objects. High art collides with popular culture, the amateur with the professional, to create often humorous and thought-provoking projects.
Kane was commissioned to create an exhibition as part of Home of Metal, established by Capsule in 2007 as a celebration of the music and culture that was born in Birmingham and the Black Country. In this context, Kane has conceived of the spacious and elegant Floor 3 Galleries as a domestic environment, playfully confounding ideas of “metal” as a material and “Metal” as a global cultural phenomenon. Notions of public and private space and the connections and disconnections between the individual and the institution are also investigated through this unique project. In Kane’s part-domestic and part-institutional space, a Metal Lounge will bring together works by contemporary artists, loosely themed on M(m)etal with a domestic bent. Participating artists include Jeremy Deller, Una Hamilton Helle, Des Hughes, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Jessica Mallock, Mike Nelson, Simon Periton, Mark Titchner, Cathy Ward, Charlie Woolley, Eric Wright and of course Kane himself as artist and curator. The Lounge will extend into a kitchen/installation by Kane and a television room with films by fans. Also featured are re-creations of fan’s bedrooms and displays of Metal collections in a nod to the spirit of Walsall’s renowned People’s Shows and to Kane and Deller’s Folk Archive which respectively celebrated local people’s collections of objects including tea towels, mugs, pigs and dogs and everyday creativity through items such as trade union banners, wrestling costumes and gadgets made by prisoners. 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal will be a celebration of passion, humour and creativity.
Home of Metal will once again shine a light on the global phenomenon of Heavy Metal with a series of blockbuster exhibitions devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned the guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’. The season of events and exhibitions will join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low culture, and joins audiences and performers together. From May to September 2019, Home of Metal will present four further exhibitions in partnership with organisations in and around Birmingham to include Black Sabbath – 50 Years, at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Monster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3 at Eastside Projects, Ben Venom : All This Mayhem at MAC (Midlands Art Centre), and Przemek Branas at Centrala, demonstrating Heavy Metal’s reach into all corners of culture through explorations of fantasy, chaos, performance and fandom.
Home of Metal is conceived and produced by Capsule.
Friday 21 June, 6-8pm