Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions at Castlefield Gallery

Part of our Exhibitions guide

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
David Fesl, image courtesy of Castlefield Gallery. Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions
David Fesl. Image courtesy of Castlefield Gallery

Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield, 17 May–1 July 2018, free entry - Visit now

We generally like to think of contemporary art as a highly international practice, but the work of any individual is inevitably shaped by the specific local conditions that surround them – their time and place within the world. Castlefield Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions partly responds to this reality, highlighting and bridging aspects of geographic distinction through its very structure and framework.

The exhibition is made up of two parallel parts, organised in collaboration between Pavel Büchler (Manchester) and Mariana Serranová (Prague). Together the two guest curators are working with Castlefield Gallery and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague) to bring together a number of early career artists from their two respective cities, with the aim of initiating a dialogue between the practices developing within these two distinct cultural environments and artistic traditions. The collaboration will see a number of the artists travel between the two countries to make new work for the exhibition, which runs in Manchester from 18 May to 1 July and in Prague from 20 June to 10 September.

Despite a curatorial approach based on the specifics of place, the artists that have been selected (Nina Chua, Nicola Ellis, Maeve Rendle and Evangelia Spiliopoulou from the UK, and David Fesl, Martin KohoutLucie Michnová, Vojtěch Novák/Andrew Jan Hauner and Pavel Příkaský/Miroslava Večeřová from the Czech Republic) each embody a strong outward focus, making work that addresses the larger, collective world in which we live, rather than centring on questions of cultural identity or background.

As its enigmatic title (taken from a passage from the Austrian novelist Robert Musil’s controversial 1906 novella The Confusions of Young Törless) suggests, this isn’t an exhibition that sets out to impose a predetermined narrative or critical analysis, but invites visitors to simply experience the work and draw their own connections based on instinct. Let’s just hope that flights to Prague are included within the free entry price, so we can develop a fully-formed opinion.

Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield

17 May–1 July 2018
Free entry

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Simple Unisex Jacket / Full Day Workshop
Activity 19 January 2019, from £75

Simple Unisex Jacket / Full Day Workshop

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA Manchester
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery

Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

Slapstick Film Season at HOME

HOME at Christmas
Festivals 13 December 2017–20 January 2019,

HOME at Christmas

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME

Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery

The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth
Families 19 January–9 February 2019, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth