REBECCA LENNON, GAIL PICKERING, OLIVIA PLENDER, SUZANNE TREISTER, BIK VAN DER POL
MAKING SHIPS IN BOTTLES
19 May – 20 June, 2010
CGP London are proud to present Making Ships in Bottles at Cafe Gallery, curated by Claire Shallcross.
Making Ships in Bottles explores the process of gathering research and the manipulation of information, the ways artists display their work and the methods they use. With research obtained from varied sources, libraries, the internet, newspapers or lived experiences, each artist merges obscure or radical ideas and movements from the past within the present. Using a museum-like aesthetic, documentary techniques or design formats they scrutinize different approaches to forms of communication.
Bureaucratic procedures, belief systems or site-specific investigations are researched and revised but the artists rarely conclude any raised issues for the viewer.
Secondary and tertiary sources play with fiction and narratives, often with wry humour or a questioning of the impossible. Making Ships in Bottles highlights alternative political and social perspectives encouraging us to reflect on the present.
The exhibition features selected works from HEXEN 2039 by Suzanne Treister, the 2006 incarnation of the Rosalind Brodsky project described by Art in America as 'one of the most sustained fantasy trips of contemporary art', the first London showings of Ken Russell in Conversation with Olivia Plender and Past Imperfect by Bik Van der Pol, alongside new video works from Rebecca Lennon and Gail Pickering.
Preview: Sunday, 16 May 2010, 2pm - 5pm.
Exhibition Tour: Saturday, 19 June, 2.30pm - 3.30pm with artists Rebecca Lennon, Gail Pickering, Suzanne Treister, curator Claire Shallcross and art critic Rebecca Geldard. Free, no booking required.
Cafe Gallery Centre of Southwark Park London SE16 2UA T: +44 (0)20 7237 1230 E: cgp.mail @ virgin.net cafegalleryprojects.org
"I use light as a material to work the medium of perception, basically the work really has no object because perception is the object. And there is no image because I am not interested in associative thought."
- James Turrell
PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, London presents RUTH CLAXTON - Specular Spectacular
7 June - 6 July 2013
Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery.
Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself.
Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
Icelandic nature is prominent in Eliasson's work, and his artistic relationship with it often involves collection or documentation that is scientific in tone. The country becomes a sensory laboratory where ideas can be developed and evolved into art, as evidenced in the multiple photographic series that would seem to witness a near compulsive need for collecting.