Thursday, 27 January 2011

Kate Hawkins

Kate Hawkins has exhibited internationally and performed her work at the Barbican Art Gallery, the ICA gallery, the Zoo Art Fair and Christies Auction house in London amongst many others.

For solo Kate will undertake a performance exploring the abstract expressionist ‘gesture’ as performative identity. Throughout the duration of the performance she will undertake her own abstract expressionist gesture using a large expanse of canvas (in the vein of Pollock) and a paint-ball gun. The performance will exist in two halves. The first will form an introduction to different styles of handgun shooting. The second will involve a demonstration of those styles using a series of choreographed, repeated gestures. Throughout, the repeated gestures will become increasingly abstract so that the individual shooting ‘styles’ no longer make any sense in their disrupted context, resulting in a dance of sorts.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Lisa Peachey

Lisa Peachey studied at De Montfort University, Leicester (1996), and The Slade School of Art, UCL,London (2006). Previous exhibitions include Latitude Contemporary Art, Suffolk (2012), Artist of the Day at Flowers Gallery Central, London, (2011), and the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2006). In 2008 she was shortlisted for the MaxMara Art Prize, in association with the Whitechapel Art Gallery. She has also curated projects, including ‘In its wake’, at Elevator Gallery, London, and has written texts for Moot, Nottingham and Site Gallery, Sheffield.
She lives and works in London.

‘One has never seen the world well if he has not dreamed what he was seeing. In a reverie of solitude, which increases the solitude of the dreamer, two depths pair off, reverberate in echoes which go from the depths of being of the world to a depth of being of the dreamer. Time is suspended. Time no longer has any yesterday and no longer any tomorrow. Time is engulfed in the double depth of the dreamer and the world. The World is so majestic that nothing any longer happens there, the world reposes in its tranquillity.’
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie pp118

Many of the works have concentrated on the idea of reverie, or the absent minded but lengthy rendering of 
an ‘image’.
The artist is seen whittling a rough Concorde from a lump of chalk. When the plane breaks and the artist continues
to whittle, questions arise as to whether it is the form that is being made that is important, the pile of chalk dust being drawn in her lap, or the reverie of the lengthy process in itself. The ambiguity between the formed representation and the formless, perfection and failure, the utopian dream of flight and the falling amorphousness of the dust, are played out, while the viewer is seduced into the action of creation.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Zoe Brown

ZoĆ« Brown is a London based artist and film-maker. She studied BA Hons at the Slade and then went on to the Royal College to graduate in 2006. 
Brown experiments with the use of 16mm film using loops to create an experimentally expansive narrative which often features characters from a fantastical circus trope. Each character is locked in a solo performance damned to repeat each action, eternally oblivious of the other.