Artist Biography - Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson
Since they started working together in 1994 Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson have been drawn to the ways in which power and authority articulate themselves, to the grammar and rhetoric that surrounds them.
Their works are a poetic exploration of cultural values. Often combining densely layered visual and acoustic allusions to faith, politics, national identity and the enviro...nment.
Their work addresses questions around faith, politics, national identity and the environment. Often built around pairings and oppositions their video and sculptural works create an encounter with the viewer that focuses on the complexity of objects and actions in relation to their social contexts.
They are interested in spectacle and its cultural effects and have made work derived from military and biblical sources, from memorials and the uses of public space and most recently from the legacies of the nuclear and coal industries.
They live and work in Manchester and Berlin. Solo exhibitions include MEWO, Kunsthalle Memmingen, 2016; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, 2015; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2013; Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, 2012; SALT, Istanbul, 2012; Institute of Jamais Vu, London, 2012. Group exhibitions include Kunstverein Konstanz, 2015; Schaufenster, Berlin, 2014; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2014; NCGA, Sunderland; 2013; LoBe, Berlin, 2013; HfBK Gallery, Dresden, 2011.