Exhibition: 11.06.2014 – 21.06.2014
Studio 4: Others and the Self
Mixed media installation, (projectors, 5.1 surround sound)
Difference, ego and identity are great subjects for any artist. What might a new space in a mind look like from the outside? Psychological space - how one relates one's own interiority to an audience (an artist's public) can prove shocking. Psychological space is tough for an artist - using it without overdoing it is an edgy business. And making other people different (this doesn’t mean simple stereotyping) is another obstacle to overcome, too. If we ever advocate for the weak, then we're also by default stressing the strength of the powerful, not least ourselves - the artists, the ones making the images.
The Others and the Self studio looked for such problems in our world’s multi-speed histories, in animal-human studies, in our globe-trotting, land-hopping voyages, in traces of old empires and in representation of the vulnerable. We deconstructed Kevin Carter’s 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning image from the Sudan famine; we critiqued Renzo Marten’s film Episode 3 - Enjoy Poverty - how it locates the gap between making art among the poorest in the Congo and the gentrified spaces in Europe where it’s then discussed. We walked round the marshes of Leyton, Walthamstow and Hackney looking for Foucault’s heterotopias in East London and found them – pre-fabs, a gated canal boat marina, cruising sites, rare breed cattle fields and allotments. Understanding how ethics work in art, how the borders between art’s groups are negotiated, this is a key to professional practice as an artist.
Blok arrived in London after art study in a post-communist environment. She uses performance art and screen prints of Thai kickboxing to relate her identity versus others.
Chinchetru’s art practice focuses on kindness and patience in the notion of space and how individuals interact within that.
The Ava De La Flor label’s primary concern is to communicate individuality, now the greatest luxury available. This is art learning meets men’s fashion. Work it out!
Back in Iran before the revolution, Nazari made hundreds of life-size sculptures by the wax method for different museums, but was unable to make sculpture freely there.
Phelan's interest in art therapy and art process leads her to portray the brain's 'gnawing', the 'constant empty buzz' that features in mental health problems of sufferers she has met.
Richardson makes houseboat art about adaptability and resilience in an urban community ‘othered’ by the London housing shortage.
Via smell and sound recording montage (based on sexual responses), St Vincent creates mind pictures, drawn from a viewer's unique olfactory and audio memory banks.
Smith’s art is about maps and trails, from those already in the landscape through mythic ones, to the trails made for e-commerce using targeted advertising, cards and CCTV.
To materialize the flatland, to redefine the concept of the ‘space-land’, Verbickas coerces emergencies in space, using drawing, geometry, process and what he calls semi-systems.