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Olivia Plender

Rise Early, Be Industrious

20.4. – 17.6.2012
Olivia Plender, Words and Laws (Whose Shoulder to Which Wheel?), installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, Words and Laws (Whose Shoulder to Which Wheel?), installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, Words and Laws (Whose Shoulder to Which Wheel?), installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, Words and Laws (Whose Shoulder to Which Wheel?), installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, The New Jerusalem, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, The New Jerusalem, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, The New Jerusalem, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, The New Jerusalem, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, Empire City, architectural model, Gasworks Gallery, London, 2009.
Image courtesy and copyright the artist.
 

Olivia Plender, Empire City, architectural model, Gasworks Gallery, London, 2009.

Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

 

Olivia Plender, Open Forum, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, Open Forum, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery

Olivia Plender, Open Forum (2008), Installation view from The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, Hessel Museum, CCS Bard, New York. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender, Open Forum (2008), Installation view from The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, Hessel Museum, CCS Bard, New York. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view, Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan.Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view, Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan.Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view, Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan.Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view, Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan.
Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender, Words and Laws (Whose Shoulder to Which Wheel?), installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery
Olivia Plender, Words and Laws (Whose Shoulder to Which Wheel?), installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery
Olivia Plender, The New Jerusalem, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery
Olivia Plender, The New Jerusalem, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery
Olivia Plender, Empire City, architectural model, Gasworks Gallery, London, 2009.
Image courtesy and copyright the artist.
 
Olivia Plender, Open Forum, installation view. Photograph: Andy Keate. © MK Gallery
Olivia Plender, Open Forum (2008), Installation view from The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, Hessel Museum, CCS Bard, New York. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.
Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view, Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan.Image courtesy and copyright the artist.
Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view, Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan.Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Olivia Plender

Rise Early, Be Industrious

20 April - 17 June 2012

 

This exhibition by British artist Olivia Plender (b.1977) brings together sculpture, embroidery, posters, board games, architectural models and a video produced over the last ten years. Devised as a ‘museum of communication’, four room-sized installations are organised thematically, drawing on a broad range of references to explore how attitudes towards mass education have evolved over time.

 

The Cube Gallery revolves around board games and printed material to encourage play and participation as a way of learning while the Middle Gallery looks to early twentieth century world fairs to examine the representation of the work ethic and trade. The Long Gallery re-creates a 1970s style TV studio which provides a platform for discussion around the use of television as a cultural and educational device and the Entrance Space imitates a Google-style working environment to demonstrate how distinctions between work and leisure, public and private have collapsed in recent times.

 

With its strong architectural dimension, involving the construction of platforms and models and a deliberate emphasis on play and game-like structures, the exhibition invites visitors to participate and ‘perform’ while considering how social roles and models of society have been constructed over the last few hundred years.

 

Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious, is an exhibition in three episodes presented with Arnolfini, Bristol and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.

 

Exhibition generously supported by Milton Keynes Museum. With thanks to The Open University. Olivia Plender has received support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 

 

More information

'Olivia Plender builds on her research with playful learning environments at MK Gallery'

Read review in Culture 24

Events

Exhibition Opening
Olivia Plender
Thursday 19.4.2012

'All the Memory in the World' and 'Statues Also Die'
Friday 20.4.2012

Film Screening and Talk
Wednesday 25.4.2012

Film Screening and Talk
Thursday 26.4.2012

Up in the Air
2009 / Cert. 15
Friday 27.4.2012

Video and sound work screening
Thursday 3.5.2012

The Play House / The Electric House
Friday 4.5.2012

Open File
Temporary Sites (A Proposal)
Thursday 10.5.2012

Sylvia Pankhurst, Everything is Possible
2011
Friday 11.5.2012

Live Audio-visual
Fishmarket Collaboration
Thursday 17.5.2012

Nosferatu the Vampyre
1979 / Cert. 15
Friday 18.5.2012

Audio Described Exhibition Tour
Monday 21.5.2012

Film Screening and Talk
Thursday 24.5.2012

Live Music
Longmeg
Thursday 31.5.2012

My Dinner with Andre
1981 / Cert. 12
Friday 1.6.2012

Film Screening with Live Score
The Dog and The Palace
Thursday 7.6.2012

A Short Film About Killing / A Short Film About Love
1988 / Cert. 18
Friday 8.6.2012

In Conversation
Olivia Plender
Saturday 9.6.2012

Live Music: Improv Night
Thursday 14.6.2012

Klassenverhaltnisse (Class Relations)
1984 / Cert. PG
Friday 15.6.2012

Talk / Lecture
Symposium curated by Open File
Sunday 17.6.2012

Film Screening Event
Curated by Inheritance projects
Thursday 21.6.2012

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
2010 / Cert. 12A
Friday 22.6.2012

Networking Event
HARK! Presents: Pitch-nic
Thursday 28.6.2012

Shop

The Masterpiece
A Stirring Comic by Olivia Plender

Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious