14 February – 6 April 2014 The Calder

Erika Vogt (b. 1974, New Jersey, USA) presents Speech Mesh – Drawn OFF, a site specific commission for The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield's new contemporary art space which opened to the public in August 2013.  Speech Mesh - Drawn OFF comprises of a group of cast sculptures arranged in dialogue with a series of new videos and is the first solo exhibition in the UK by the American artist. 

Free admission

The physical process of creating images and objects in the central subject of Vogt's work, which incorporates sculpture, video, drawing, sound and photography into expanded multi-layered environments. Drawing on her background as an experimental filmmaker, Vogt's installations can be seen as expanded cinematic environments where image, sound and narrative are exploded into space. 

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a poem by Paul Celan, and is here used to evoke the image of a 'net' or a surface on which fragments of information become momentarily fixed into meaningful arrangements. However, Vogt's repetition and distortion of motifs across works lends her installations an intrinsic feeling of instability. She resists the possibility of any singular reading being fixed upon them. 

Vogt's new 3-minute film, Darker Imposter, from the exhibition has been broadcast on Channel4 as part of its Random Acts series. The film was co-commissioned by Frieze Foundation and EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

The exhibition is co-commissioned with Triangle France, Marseille and has been conceived as a single exhibition spanning two spaces. It is supported by ArtAV.

During the exhibition period, The Calder will be open at the following times:

12 – 4.30pm Tues – Sun
Closed Mondays except for bank holidays and during local school holidays
12 – 8.30pm After Hours on the third Thursday of the month and for Wakefield ArtWalk

The Calder: What's it all about?

The Calder is The Hepworth Wakefield's new contemporary art space which opened to the public in August 2013. This ambitious project to re-purpose and re-invigorate Caddies Wainwright Mill, a 19th century former textiles mill on the River Calder adjacent to the main gallery site, began in spring 2013. The ground floor of this historic building has been transformed into a new art space presenting an exciting programme of world-renowned contemporary artists, artist projects, performance and other events as well as continuing our award-winning learning activities. It adds 600 square meters of exhibition and event space to the existing 10 gallery spaces within The Hepworth Wakefield.