Archive for the ‘Exhibition’ Category

BACK TO LIGHT

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

After a pause from on-site exhibitions due to the pandemic, Back To Light brings together work created by young people on current and past eye4change projects.

eye4change is a charitable organisation and a specialist provider of photography programmes that combine technical skills with creativity.  Working with people of all ages and abilities, particularly young people, workshops are tailored to a wide range of participants’ needs and aspirations. 

Back To Light interweaves perspectives, perceptions and the bold presence of each young photographer as they navigate the world through their unique lens.  Reflecting back aspects of their lives, thoughts, hopes and dreams; themes of belonging, identity and their current reality are represented and brought to light.

Frank Bowling and Sculpture

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Frank Bowling, Mummybelli, 2019, Acrylic, acrylic gel and found objects on collaged canvas with marouflage, 171.3 x 206.8 cm.
© Frank Bowling. All rights reserved DACS 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photographed by Anna Arca.

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery presents Frank Bowling and Sculpture, the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s sculptures and the sculptural aspects of his paintings. Curated by Sam Cornish, the exhibition will offer a rare glimpse into Bowling’s experimentation in both two and three dimensions, exploring connections between the two mediums that have previously been overlooked. Sculptures from the late 80s and 90s will be shown in dialogue with paintings and alongside archival and audio-visual material delving into Bowling’s engagement with sculpture and sculptors. 

Hailed as a modern master, Bowling is renowned as one of the great painters of the late 20th century. He has acknowledged his paintings’ deep concern with the experience of the physical world and since the ‘80s he has been embedding detritus and found objects into their densely textured surfaces. Whilst the relief-like nature of these works has been remarked upon by commentators, the idea of the sculptural has not been considered in relation to the whole trajectory of Bowling’s work. As Cornish observes, ‘… like Rodin before him, Bowling seeks vitality, matter brought to life’. 

The exhibition centres around a group of sculptures made by the artist in the late 80s and early 90s which make up his only surviving direct, sustained and completed foray into the medium. The welded steel forms of King Crabbé, 1988 and Buibul, 1988 are presented alongside Sentinel, 1976 a ‘pour’ painting with a quasi-monolithic sculptural presence, and the dense, object-encrusted surface of Ancestor Window, 1987. In Lapwingeye (Made In Japan), 2000 and Pendulum 2012, there is a geometry which echoes that found the sculptural work What else can you put in a Judd box, 2022

David Waterworth, Curator at the University of Greenwich said, ‘We’re delighted to be able to host Frank Bowling and Sculpture and present this previously unexamined side of his career. The exhibition will demonstrate the important place that he occupies and the still-unfolding story of his contribution to abstraction.’ 

From abstraction to representation, political expression to artistic freedom, Britain to Guyana, Frank Bowling’s art is full of oppositions and productive paradoxes. This exhibition considers these dualities according to the relationship between painting and sculpture, image and object, that recurs throughout Bowling’s wider oeuvre – opening up new possibilities for its appraisal. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication from Ridinghouse featuring a newly commissioned essay by Sam Cornish, an in-conversation between Allie Biswas and sculptor Thomas J. Price, and a poem dedicated to Bowling by sculptor and author Barbara Chase-Riboud.

Frank Bowling and Sculpture is supported by funding from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Henry Moore Foundation and The University of Greenwich.

Exhibition feature image: Frank Bowling, Hrund, 1991, Welded steel, 84 x 122 x 40 cm. © Frank Bowling, All Rights Reserved, DACS 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photographed by Anna Arca.

FEEDING MARS: M.A.R.S. Mars Aquaponic Research Study

Friday, February 18th, 2022

A pilot study investigating the potential for growing fish and vegetables on Mars

This exhibition showcases a live experiment growing vegetables, herbs and fruits in Martian simulant soils, using fish effluents from an aquaponic system as fertilizer. Life on Earth is vulnerable to extinction, as evidenced by the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. This may be caused by a large meteorite hitting the Earth, or potentially by nuclear Armageddon. NASA and other space agencies are discussing the possibility of creating settlements on the Moon as well as on Mars that could potentially provide continuity of human life, if life on Earth were to be destroyed.

Whilst this scenario is deeply gloomy, it provides an opportunity for artists and scientists to envisage how humans might survive on other planets. The University of Greenwich has been working on the co-production of fish and vegetables in aquaponic systems since 2014, and the FEEDING MARS project provides an opportunity to do the science and at the same time allow visitors to get a glimpse of future food production technology on Earth and in Space.

There will be Martians, but they will be human and they will eat fresh fish and veg.

Dr Benz Kotzen – 1IC, Principal Investigator of Project, School of Design

Dr Sarah Milliken – 2IC, Co-Investigator of Project, Research Fellow, School of Design

Dr Marcos Paradelo Perez – 1IC, Soils and Experimental Design, Fellow in Soils, Natural Resources Institute (NRI)

Lorenzo Fruscella – PhD student in soil based aquaponics in the School of Design

Kam Rehal – 1IC Exhibition Designer

Emmanouil Kanellos – 2IC Exhibition Designer

Dr Andrew Knight-Hill (SOUND/IMAGE Research Group) 1IC Sound Designer

Acknowledgements:

Emma Margetson & Brona Martin (SOUND/IMAGE Research Group): sound design and installation; Eden Malik: exhibition design and installation.

Thank you to the Film/TV and Workshop technical support teams for their assistance during installation.

Food For Thought Memoirs

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Food for Thoughts Memoirs is about generational stories through food, it is not about the ingredients, but different interpretations of the variety of fruits and vegetables shared between the Caribbean, Europe, Indian, China and above all African.  It is about the different ways they are cooked, labelled, and remembered.   It is about memories of yesterday and before, here and now and tomorrow and beyond.

This exhibition will encourage conversation between ages, races and genders because food is one of many things, we have in common other than but not excluding slavery.

From the middle of the 15th to the end of 19th century the Atlantic slave trade brought African slaves to British, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in the Americas, including the Caribbean.   Their lives contributed to the wealth and development of Europe and after emancipation people travelled from and to the Caribbean Islands.

Traditional African foods brought over to the Caribbean   included okra, black eyed peas, saltfish, ackee, mangos, kidney beans and rice, vegetables and fruits native to the Caribbean such as papaya, yams, guavas and cassava.

Throughout the Caribbean the fusion of African, European Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cuisine has influenced different national dishes.    These dishes were brought over to the United Kingdom before and during the Windrush but were adapted due to lack of ingredients available.   Throughout the years the various fruits and vegetables are more readily obtainable and have given not only the Caribbean population the ingredients needed but the whole of the United Kingdom.

The exhibition is curated by the Caribbean Social Forum with support by Professor Tracey Reynolds, Centre Applied Research. With thanks to Dave Hockham, David Waterworth, Shiva and members of the Caribbean Social Forum.