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LIVE: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Tala Madani Launch Party

31 January 14 words: Alyss Bowen
Nottingham Contemporary opened its doors for a night of art and music, kicking off their latest exhibitions in style
Tala Madani

Tala Madani, Wall Painting (2008)

The Contemporary went all out for its newest residents, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Tala Madani. They spoiled us with musical delights Aja Ireland and experimental rock dance orchestra Chrome Hoof, providing complimentary drinks and enjoyable entertainment for all ages.

Both artists are new to England; with this being their first ever solo exhibits on English soil, something the gallery were thrilled to display.

Tala Madani’s combination of abstract, humorous like figures drawing on themes of sexuality and absurd behaviour had people talking. Some perhaps found the subject matter of her works difficult to comprehend, however its bizarre nature is hard to ignore. The gallery was filled to the brim all evening; the audience couldn’t get enough of this selection of new and old work from the Iranian artist.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Diorama, 2012

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s work felt like a play room of interactive, visually pleasing work.  Bursting with carnival colours and a homemade vibe, people wasted no time in getting involved with her hands on art. Both artists were definitely a massive hit.

The Contemporary provided the perfect combination for the launch party, as what goes hand in hand with art – music, of course. The playfulness of the gallery space juxtaposed with the darkness of the downstairs live performance space worked seamlessly.

Chrome Hoof

Chrome Hoof live at Nottingham Contemporary - Photo by Sylwia Jarzynka

Alex Farquharason, director of Nottingham Contemporary thanked the audience, and introduced the first act; Aja Ireland. With perhaps a more chilled audience than she is used to, she didn’t let this stop her having the time of her life, completely in her element she entertained a wider audience of all ages.

Chrome Hoof were next to stage, all ten (or maybe twelve it was hard to count there were so many hands flying around) of them. We were treated with a simple outburst of melodies and experimental sounds, the perfect ending to a splendid evening of arts. 

Tala Madani and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd exhibitions are at Nottingham Contemporary 25 January - 23 March 2014

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