Studio Voltaire presents How to work together: Ella Kruglyanskaya
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Ella Kruglyanskaya, Miami Bathers, 2013. Egg Tempera on board.
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
How to work together: Ella Kruglyanskaya
11 April – 8 June 2014, Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm
Preview Thursday 10 April 2014, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Studio Voltaire presents a new commission by Ella Kruglyanskaya. The exhibition is the artist's first solo show in public gallery outside of the United States. This exhibition forms a part of How to work together, a shared programme of commissioning and research organised by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.
Ella Kruglyanskaya’s exuberant paintings are full of very colourful women. They are friends and ‘frienemies’, down at the beach, out-and-about, running from a menacing presence: enforced neighbours butting against each other in the tight space of the stretched canvas. Predominately working in oil on canvas and egg tempera on wooden panels, there is strong graphic sensibility. Kruglyanskaya’s women are somewhat cartoon-like, appearing flatly within the picture plane and parodying a particular representation of female sexuality and social interaction.
Kruglyanskaya’s exhibition at Studio Voltaire is part of the first round of annual How to work together commissions and coincides with presentations by Céline Condorelli at Chisenhale Gallery and Gerry Bibby at The Showroom. At Studio Voltaire, Kruglyanskaya will make a new body of work in response to the proposition of How to work together. The presentation will include a large mural, works on paper and a series of oil paintings depicting women engaged in labour and work.
Coinciding with the commission, Studio Voltaire and Koenig Books are publishing the first ever monograph on Kruglyanskaya. Designed by Everything Studios, New York and featuring commissioned contributions by Alison Gingeras and Matthew Higgs, the publication will be available in May 2014.
Ella Kruglyanskaya (Born 1978, Riga, Latvia. Lives and works in New York) received her BFA at Cooper Union in 2001, and her MFA at Yale School of Art in 2006. She has had solo exhibitions at Kendall Koppe, Glasgow (2013), Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2012), Salon 94, New York (2011) and White Columns, NY (2010).
About Studio Voltaire
Studio Voltaire is a leading independent contemporary arts organisation that exists to support artistic practices and create a space for thinking, experimentation and reflection; its main activities are the provision of affordable studios, a renowned programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions, and a pioneering education programme.
Together, these strands of activity provide a special synergy and environment for the production, display and dissemination of contemporary art. Through these contingent parts, we provide multiple entry-points for audiences through a diversity of practices and programming, fostering critical engagement with contemporary culture. We place the artist at the centre of everything we do: providing opportunities to produce work in an open and discursive environment and allowing a closer relationship between the artist, production of work and the audience.
As a small-scale organisation, our programme offers a distinctive role in the wider arts ecology in supporting artists at a pivotal stage in their careers. The programme supports both emerging and underrepresented practices, often giving artists their first solo project in a London public gallery or supporting artists at a later stage in their careers who may be somewhat neglected by commercial and institutional networks. Our programme has included solo presentations and commissions by Laura Aldridge, Phyllida Barlow, Nairy Baghramian, Alexandra Bircken, Nicholas Byrne, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Dawn Mellor, Jimmy Merris, Shahryar Nashat, Henrik Olesen, Paulina Olowska, Elizabeth Price, Richard Slee, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Hayley Tompkins and Cathy Wilkes.
About How to work together
How to work together is a shared programme of contemporary art commissioning and research organised by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire. It has come about because of the common ground in our artistic activities and organisational objectives. All three galleries are committed to supporting emerging or overlooked artists with time and resources to produce and present ambitious new work. We all engage with our neighbourhoods on the city fringes of central London through our education and exhibition programmes. Over the next three years we will find out what we can achieve together that we could not achieve apart. This joint project is an opportunity to pool our knowledge and resources, share an expanded artistic programme, reach new audiences, and drive our organisations forward. We want to create a new model of collaboration and sharing for the visual arts.
How to work together is supported by a capacity building and match-funding grant from Arts Council England through Catalyst Arts: a private giving investment scheme aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access more funding from private sources. In the first year, the commissions programme receives additional generous support from Bloomberg and Outset Contemporary Art Fund; and the Think Tank is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Céline Condorelli at Chisenhale Gallery
Thursday 2 May – Sunday 22 June 2014
Céline Condorelli (lives and works UK) will present a new project based on the subject of work and friendship. Engaging with friendship as a condition for working together, Condorelli explores how objects and constructions articulate relationships in both useful and purposeless ways, for her exhibition opening with a preview on International Workers Day, 1 May 2014.
Gerry Bibby at The Showroom
Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 21 June 2014
Gerry Bibby (b. 1977, Australia) will interrogate the very nature of his commission by spending time back of house at The Showroom. Testing the complicities between an artist and the organisation, this fieldwork will feed into a manuscript that reflects the artist’s interest in the social aspects of production.
Ella Kruglyanskaya at Studio Voltaire
Thursday 11 April – Sunday 8 June 2014
Studio Voltaire presents a new commission by Ella Kruglyanskaya (b. 1978 Riga, Latvia). The exhibition is the artist's first solo show in public gallery outside of the United States.