Co-founder of the Islington Mill Art Academy – a peer-led experiment into alternative forms of art education – Maurice Carlin’s debut solo show opens this week, showcasing new work exploring the medium of print, publishing and performance, typically made in the public realm. Pieces demonstrating Carlin’s eye for the unnoticed include: Corrupted Images, a busy Manchester high street provided the studio setting for this piece in which analogue relief prints of surfaces reference ancient Chinese print/publishing techniques; Blue (Sleep Mode), a collaboration with artist David Medalla that depicts Medalla wandering through darkened Salford streets, illuminating the forgotten details of the city’s walls and surfaces with a mobile projector; and Screenscans Havana, glitch snippets of day-to-day television broadcasting in Cuba captured on a document scanner and outputted as large filmic prints (pictured). In an interview with Manchester Wire contributor Natalie Bradbury for The Shrieking Violet, Maurice said last year that ‘the public sphere should be based on dissensus rather than consensus’. His work seems to reflect a rejection of traditional approaches to art education and an openness to experimentation and, for once, your opinion is welcome.

Thu 7 Feb – Sun 17 Feb, Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB. Tel: 0161 832 8034, 6pm – 8pm (preview on Thu 7 Feb), then times vary, FREE,

Thu 7 Feb - Sun 17 Feb
Cassie Wilson
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Wed 6 Feb 2013