Gabrielle Hoad

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This is a list of links to reviews written by Gabrielle Hoad for a-n magazine and a-n reviews unedited. The full text for a few of these pieces has now been placed behind a-n's membership paywall. If you would like a copy of any of them, please contact me.

this city centre This City's Centre 1: Window
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
23 July - 22 September 2013

Who doesn't like to peek in other people's windows to see how they live? This intriguing video and audio installation, produced by Devon-based art collective Blind Ditch, turns the tables ...

Loophole Supplements #1, #2, #3, #4 Loophole Supplements #1, #2, #3, #4
Artists' publications, Exeter
1 September 2012 - 1 February 2013

A mysterious monster in a Welsh lake, a selection of decommissioned Cold War bunkers, a DIY lifeguard chair, fake safety cones on a Bristol industrial estate...

Volkhardt Mueller: Any High Street Volkhardt Mueller: Any High Street
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
30 June - 22 September 2012

Named as Britain's number-one 'clone town' by the New Economics Foundation in 2005, Exeter is the perfect starting point for Volkhardt Mueller's examination of contemporary British life...

Glissando Glissando
Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
25 July - 1 September 2012

Christina the Astonishing was a medieval visionary who, it's claimed, levitated to escape the stink of human sin. She's the focus of a new site-specific work Glissando by Candida Powell-Williams...

Blast Theory Bless Practice & Ghostwriter Blast Theory Bless Practice & Ghostwriter
Spacex & Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
10 December 2011 - 18 February 2012

It could have been a bank heist, a kidnap or an urban chase. Instead it was a phone call to a melancholy woman who wanted to talk quietly about the thoughts and memories wrapped up in...

Vessel Vessel
22 George Place, Plymouth
22 September - 30 October 2011

The first ever visit of the British Art Show to Plymouth has created a welcome surge of visual arts activity across the city. Yet few of the resulting fringe projects...

Helen Pritchard: The Recipe Exchange Helen Pritchard: The Recipe Exchange
Spacex, Exeter
14 May - 9 July 2011

GET Social Practice Art's Identity Crisis - Abigail Satinsky [ABI]
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The Count of Monte Cristo: Island of True Stories The Count of Monte Cristo: Island of True Stories
Exeter Phoenix Galleries, Exeter
1 April - 15 May 2011

Sparkly, naughty and not a little camp, Island of True Stories draws its inspiration from a novel by Alexander Dumas that I've never read and a series of films that I've never seen...

Bookcycle Warehouse, Exeter
18 September - 16 October 2010

Involving more than 10 artists and a semi-derelict warehouse the size of a cathedral, 'DIY', organised by Surface Arts, isn't short on ambition...

Dean Knight: Modern Sculpture Dean Knight: Modern Sculpture
Project Space 11, Plymouth
8 - 25 September 2010

The title 'Modern Sculpture' suggests plain-speaking accessibility, along with deadpan humour and a gentle nod to Herbert Read's classic textbook of the same name...

Emily Wardill: Game Keepers Without Game Emily Wardill: Game Keepers Without Game
Spacex, Exeter
12 December 2009 - 20 February 2010

Part social drama, part lifestyle commentary, Emily Wardill's disturbing seventy-six minute film reminds me more than anything of American Psycho...

Control Point: A Temporary Facility Control Point: A Temporary Facility
Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
21 November 2009 - 10 January 2010

When artists, writers and curators responded to an open call to join 'Control Point' they probably knew they were part of Plymouth Arts Centre's agenda...

Lara Viana Lara Viana
Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
12 June - 19 July 2009

No frames, no titles, no labels: Lara Viana's little paintings cling to the pristine gallery walls like lonely fragments salvaged from some larger narrative...

Tim Knowles: Wanderlust Tim Knowles: Wanderlust
Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
6 June - 26 July 2009

Go walking in the city at 2.00am with only a weather vane as your guide. A weather vane fixed to a helmet on your head, mind, just to make sure you look really odd...

Slippage - MA Fine Art Slippage - MA Fine Art
University of Plymouth, Plymouth
25 - 28 March 2008

Megan Calver has been standing in her garden at dawn, holding up a yolky-yellow pole almost as tall as her house. She's been using it to mark a period of attention to birdsong...

Human Cargo Human Cargo
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth
22 September - 24 November 2007

What role might an artist play in a museum show commemorating the 1807 act to abolish slavery? 'Human Cargo' sees interventions by five contemporary artists that challenge...

Peter J. Evans: Our understanding of things Peter J. Evans: Our understanding of things
CCANW, Haldon Forest, Exeter
7 July 2007

Haldon is a working forest: a scene of constant death and renewal as timber is felled and trees replanted. In the midst of it all, Peter J Evans looks like a man preparing his own coffin...

Peter J Evans: Feedbacker Peter J Evans: Feedbacker
Spacex, Exeter
19 May - 14 July 2007

From making photographs and sound recordings to unravelling our own DNA, we increasingly understand the world by reducing it to a string of ones and zeroes...

Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
20 January - 19 March 2007

According to modern myth, if the entire population of China jumped at the same time, the force would be sufficient to shift the earth out of its usual orbit...

  Jordan McKenzie: At Arms Length
Spacex, Exeter
28 July 2006

On a hot Friday afternoon, Jordan McKenzie manhandles a white wooden cube through the crowded streets of Exeter...

East Meets West East Meets West
CCANW, Haldon Belvedere, Exeter
14 August - 30 October 2005

Dragged from the forest to the manicured lawns of Haldon Belvedere, a broken beech branch takes on new life as a kayagum: a Korean stringed instrument...