A DISCUSSION EVENT WITHIN AN EXHIBITION
Caroline Lambard (ideas-matter-sphere)
Confirmed Guests for Discussion Event:
Allan McRobie - Lecturer, Dept of Engineering,
Phillip Hall-Patch - Architect
Ideas-matter-sphere teamed up with Zeitgeist Arts Projects to present a discussion event that took place within the Echo Chamber exhibition.
The exhibition explored the perceptual experience of space and form and the talk was a great opportunity for the artists, audience and invited cross-disciplinary guests to discuss and develop ideas in response to the artwork.
Exhibition Open: 27 September and 3-5 October 2014
Artists in dialogue event Sunday 5 October 3-5pm. Facilitated by Zeitgeist Arts Projects and Ideas-Matters-Sphere
Bond House Gallery, ASC Studios
Goodwood Road, London, SE14 6BL
Part of the Deptford X Arts Festival & The Art Licks Weekend 2014
“We make spaces in relation to us but the spaces then re-make us” – Niall McLaughlin, architect
Echo chamber is an exhibition and exchange between three artists interested in the perceptual experience of space and form. ‘Echo chamber’ in this case refers to a gallery in which ideas, processes and materials are brought together to reverberate one against another, in which shared ways of working can be observed and new thoughts and practices set in motion.
Rosalind Davis, Caroline Lambard and Michaela Nettell work across installation, painting, collage and film responding to the built environment around them. Mapping ideas in 2 and 3 dimensions, they explore the possibilities of existing materials and spaces, and their reconfiguration into new structures and forms.
Davis’ paradoxical landscapes imagine a complex set of possibilities for both physical and psychological space. Taking the rational geometries of 1950s and ‘60s architecture as a starting point, her paintings, drawings and photographs fracture and reconfigure familiar forms of Modernism, creating structures that are instead disorienting, irrational, fallible. Her large-scale thread installations model enigmatic, suspended thresholds – routes into or out of spaces. Window- and door-like apertures are suggested in her taut cotton lines, which play off hard-edged geometry with a feminized sense of materiality.
Lambard’s site-specific installations and sculptures examine the relationship of form and space. Directly arising from a materials-based practice, her work explores the perception of three-dimensionality through material, scale and structure. Central is the manner in which form comes to be: how structures develop in response to their environment and the physical possibilities and limitations of the material. Her working process of incremental change and responsive feedback reflects those found widely in everyday life from plant growth through to behavioural patterns detected in big data.
Nettell’s current body of work is inspired by Cedric Price’s visionary design for the Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo. Glass sculptures, Super8 film, photographic prints and collages explore the aviary’s transparent, tetrahedral structure, playing with shape and form in a way that confuses or conflates real and imagined space. The framing of landscape by/within man-made geometries, relationships between photographic (2D) and physical (3D) space; and visual and poetic associations between Modernist architectures and their surroundings are ongoing concerns in her practice.
In bringing their work together, the artists trace lines of convergence from these contexts, themes and approaches. Meeting points are revealed and new trajectories suggested for their individual practices.
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About the artists:
Rosalind Davis is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Solo shows in London include: ‘To The Light’, Bruce Castle Museum (2013), ‘Projection’, John Jones Project Space (2009); ‘I am Yours’, Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); ‘Inheritance’, The Stephen Lawrence Centre (2008); and ‘We Were Once Here’, The Residence Gallery (2007). Group shows have been at The Courtauld Institute, the Lion and Lamb Gallery, CoExist, Phoenix Brighton, APT Gallery, The Modern Language Experiment, Art Gene, Artkapsule and Charlie Dutton Gallery, London. Other exhibitions she has been selected for are The Crash Open Salon, The Salon Art Prize, The ING Discerning Eye, Lynn Painters Stainers Prize and the UK Young Artists Event. In 2012, Davis co-founded Zeitgeist Arts Projects, an arts organisation creating support systems to enable artists to realise their creative potential, to continue to learn, exchange dialogue, network and collaborate, framed around a programme of activities and exhibitions in New Cross, South London.
rosalinddavis.co.uk | zeitgeistartsprojects.com
Caroline Lambard‘s installation practice has evolved from a background in design and public art projects, including Chelsea Bridge Wharf water sculpture (2003). Recent London exhibitions (2009-2014) include: ‘A Matter of Substance’, APT Gallery; ‘A Theory of Everything’, Core Gallery; ‘Transition Line’, St. Pancras Crypt; ‘The Line Between’, Central School of Speech & Drama; and ‘Dendrites’, Mme Lillies Gallery. Lambard co-founded and runs Ideas-matter-sphere, an organisation which brings together artists and speakers from across disciplines to discuss connecting ideas with an audience. Recent speakers include artist David Batchelor; NPL physicist Andrew Hanson; Dr Allan McRobie of Cambridge University Engineering Department and artist Christina Mitrentse. Lambard co-curated ‘A Matter of Substance’ (2013) as part of the Ideas-matter-sphere programme, a cross-disciplinary exhibition, salon and talk showing work across art, architecture and science.
calcaro.com | ideas-matter-sphere.com
Michaela Nettell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She has exhibited in galleries throughout Europe and the US including: The Tank (New York); Kunstzentrum Z33 (Hasselt, Belgium); Gimpel Fils (London) and MyOwnGallery (Milan). International festival screenings include: Australian International Experimental Film Festival (Melbourne); Tulca Festival of Visual Arts (Galway, Ireland); Videomedeja (Novi Sad, Serbia); and Optica (Córdoba/Paris/Buenos Aires). Recent UK projects include: ‘The Starry Messenger: Seven Artist Filmmakers’ at Derry Void, N. Ireland; Open LAB at the Barbican Pit Theatre, London; and Artsadmin/Town Hall Hotel Commissions.
Bond House Gallery is an artist-led exhibition space at ASC’s New Cross studio site. It is a platform for artists within the building to exhibit their own work and curate others’. ascstudios.co.uk/asc-projects
Deptford X is London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival and exists to promote the best contemporary visual art born of Deptford’s creative community and based on a belief in the limitless potential of the area. The festival brings together some of the greatest artists from around the globe to Deptford, South East London and mixes them with some of the most creative talent living in the area. deptfordx.org
The Art Licks Weekend celebrates the creative energy of the emerging London art scene. A three-day festival for which young galleries, not-for-profit projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects are open to the public with special events and exhibitions of work by up-and-coming artists. artlicksweekend.com
GUEST FOR THE ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE:
Allan McRobie is a Lecturer in Cambridge University Engineering Department. With a background in physics, irrigation and structural engineering, he worked on nuclear waste disposal projects and bridge design before going on to study the mathematics of nonlinear dynamics and being appointed a lecturer in structural engineering in Cambridge. 'The joy of working in the Engineering Department here is that it is so multi-disciplinary’. Recent projects have included investigation of the issues of the wobbly Millenium Bridge. Allan presented an ideas-matter-sphere talk on aspects of Singularity, Stability and Catastrophe Theory in his work. He discussed how the maths behind these theories has applications in the sciences, from the stability of oil rigs through to gravitational astronomy, as well as shedding rather unexpected new light on many avenues of art through the grammar of curved geometry, which looks at the perception of everyday phenomena such as rainbows and the dancing patterns of light on the sides of boats.
Phillip Hall-Patch graduated from the diploma in architecture from The Bartlett (UCL) in 1997, and worked for a number of high profile, design led and award-winning practices. He is currently engaged in two major projects:
Studio St Vitus, created after winning the commission for a public art-installation for Lincolnshire County Council (organised and run by 'artsNK'). "Salt Licks" is to be completed on the Lincolnshire coastline facing the north sea – a two storey canvas of salt bricks designed to weather away under the sun, rain and wind-blown sand - a corollary of the eroding coastline.
Heatherwick Studio Garden Bridge. Philip joined Heatherwick Studio in July 2013 as Project Architect for the Garden Bridge, London. http://www.studiostvitus.co.uk/architecture
Libby Heaney MSci ARCS PhD is a student on the MA in Art and Science program at Central St. Martin's and a visiting lecturer on the Information Experience Design course at the Royal College of Art. Libby previously spent five years working as a post-doctoral researcher in the field of quantum physics at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore and has a first class degree in Physics and German from Imperial College. She published numerous papers in international journals, spoke about her research at major conferences and has been interviewed for the Times and Independent newspapers, Physics World and BBC Radio Wales. As an artist, and propelled by her previous career as a quantum physicist, she is fascinated with the unrepresentable, the inaccessible and inferred. Working in 2D, 3D and time-based interactive media and frequently drawing on geometrical structures and the counter-intuitive properties of quantum physics, she dissects and fragments space emphasizing its fragility - often allowing the negative spaces to play a dominate role.
Rosalind Davis: Echo Chamber
Michaela Nettell: Aviary
Caroline Lambard: Line - installation at Echo Chamber