The wolf and the goat are common motifs in the foundational mythologies and cosmologies throughout Eurasia and North America. Both wolf and goat have both nurtured powerful mythological heroes in their infancy. The totemic value of these creatures aided shamans to seek knowledge and transformed spiritual experiences into non-ordinary reality by identifying with the spirit of these creatures.
These sculptures offer up a modern visceral urban folk myth. Craft is aided by technology to afford a new status by providing a new kind perceivable reality, the non-physical digital reality.
The backdrop to these sculptures provides an arc for this last chapter of the narrative. The paintings portray the fragility of civilization where time, war and natural disaster take their toll and the myths dye with them too. Nature reclaims what she has sown and a new cycle starts again.
Paul and Mark are acclaimed artists working in Leyton. Starting as fine artists, sculptors and photographers, the twin brothers amalgamate ideas and utilise their wide range of skills and conceptual practices from which they select the most appropriate medium to produce work.
For more information on Mark and Paul’s work, visit POLYGONDAYDREAM’S website.
American artists Natalie Dunham and Sarah Jacobs are showing two series of their new work in ‘Complication/simplicity’ starting on 6 February 2014 in the Stone Space. Both artists create their artwork painstakingly by hand, Natalie using geometric language, and Sarah using patterns.
Natalie’s series, paint the roses [RED], is a minimal installation that targets the idea of uncomplicating the complicated. She strips down materials to their natural unaltered states and aims to reveal the inherent nature of something that is honest and uncomplicated in its purity. This series brings to light the result of masking and covering up, instead of fixing. The work will visually follow this theme and illustrate that painting the (roses) red is always a temporary solution, as the true nature and colour of things will eventually reveal themselves.
Sarah’s series of intricate showy paintings, Ethosphere, also speaks of life’s complications, but rather than striving to offer an alternative it glorifies noise, complexity & entanglements. In the visual language of her series patterns representing various paradigms or Weltanschauungen smash into other patterns in comic book-style explosions. The patterns often meld together creating new amalgamations, which render the original compositions nearly imperceptible. The visual pleasure produced by these painted interactions is analogous to the beauty of complex societies and thought.
Sarah and Natalie have between them, in solo shows and together, recently exhibited in France, Poland, Germany, England and several venues in the States.
‘Complication/simplicity’ runs from 6 February to 2 March 2014 at the Stone Space gallery. Natalie Dunham and Sarah Jacobs will give a talk a the gallery on 6 February at 5.30pm and the private view will be on the same day from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.
Happy New Year!
All the works presented in this show are produced by Stone Space volunteers who help run the gallery and work behind the scenes. The huge diversity of the pieces in the show nicely reflects the diversity of our volunteers. Next to each piece we have also included a short profile written by the volunteers about themselves and their involvement at the Stone Space.
The Stone Space is a truly voluntary collaboration between artists and those who want to see visual arts thriving in Leytonstone. The gallery grew from the Leytonstone Arts Trail – which is a short annual show of visual arts in cafes, shops, churches, streets and open places run by artists themselves. The readiness of people living and working in Leytonstone to see something more solid became evident in visitors’ reaction to the much acclaimed ‘Pick’n’Mix’ show in the empty Woolworths before it became Argos and ‘When the walls come down’ at Norlington Road studios.
Artists involved with the Leytonstone Arts Trail were offered the empty spaces with a free mandate to see what could be done. The Stone Space opened in October 2011. The variety of work has been astonishing and has included residency, live painting, experimental drawing machines and world class works in video, oil, graphite, acrylic etc. The hugely popular Star Walls in May 2013 included all that and more, across two galleries, the Library halls and the streets. Our sister display area, SLATE windows, adds to the diversity.
All these activities fund themselves through the small entry fees that artists pay and commission on any works sold. With unfailing support from invigilators, curators and installers giving their time voluntarily the gallery has attracted visitors from all walks of life and fulfils its aim to bring great art to Leytonstone.
The collaboration thrives on opinion, new views and fresh ideas. New volunteers are always welcome. What would you like to see at the gallery? How could you help to make it happen? A little bit of your time could help to make those visions come to life. Download a volunteer form or a proposal form or pick up a hardcopy from our office in opening hours. Come along and talk to one of the volunteers. Join our mailing list and come to one of our regular get-togethers, meet other volunteers and artists and help to take the Stone Space forward.
From 18 December 2013 to 6 January 2014 the Stone Space is hosting a vibrant collection of stained glassworks by Sergiy Shkanov. Showing Sergiy’s versatility as a draftsman, the works range over figurative and abstract themes. Sergiy also paints and, draws and sculpts. He has worked in the Ukraine, Russia and all across Europe, and now lives and works in Leyton.
Please note that the display will be only be viewable from the street as volunteers will be having their well deserved festive break which means the gallery will be shut for visitors.
We wish you all a great Christmas and a very happy New Year!
‘Women’ is the recent work by Leytonstone painter Derek Marks. Derek was born in East London where he lives and works as an artist and lecturer. He studied fine art at Goldsmiths College of Art and has exhibited worldwide.
These works in oil, often shimmering and intoxicatingly bright, sometimes darker and more grounded, seem to capture women’s everyday movement, gestures and inclinations. Far from being exploitative or voyeuristic, the images are warm and genuine observations. Working directly from his own numerous sketches and drawings, Derek captures the contrasting effort and ease of women cycling (‘Woman on a Bike’ I,II and III) and the exact geometry of a the mother and buggy (‘Blue Push’) or the hunch of shoulders in the cold (‘Snow’).
These works demonstrate Derek’s devotion to scholarship in painting, constantly recognised and noted in reviews of his work. Rebecca Bergese, friend and artist, comments that these works are ‘joyful traces of the best kind of research, research into the living of life.’
There will be a private viewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday 28 November.
Paul Morris’s current work pursues strong themes of obsession in human liaisons. Images are often derived from the artist’s subconscious, exploring the mysterious or tormented dimension of relationships. The work is largely symbolic in its portrayal, using a variety of found objects/appropriated pieces to demonstrate meaning. Paul elicits the expression of feelings of an intimate relationship from an impudent photograph or an old letter envelope.
Paul uses a variety of media including oil, but more frequently includes images constructed using a collage of wax, lead, dried flowers, photographs sometimes of an erotic nature and other assorted objects. The objects are the emblematic clues Paul harnesses to work poetically.
Paul has exhibited widely in the last twenty years. He was part of a ‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition at the Royal College of Art, has had solo exhibitions at Riverside Gallery, Richmond and participated in many group shows such as ‘Enlightenment’ by the Association of Erotic Artists in Milton Keynes and at The Gallery, Liverpool and Redgate Gallery in Brixton in a show entitled ‘How beautiful ugliness is’. Paul has contributed locally as a member of the Waltham Forest Arts Club and in the 2012 Leytonstone Arts Trail.
Sarah Carpenter’s photographic work draws upon her mixed feelings of London and those of a group of female dancers.
This photographic collection draws upon Sarah Carpenter’s mixed feelings of London (living, working and studying here) and those of a group of female dancers starting out on a similar journey. For a supposedly liberal city, nudity remains shocking. Through this work Carpenter intends to show a ‘naked truth’ whilst advertising the beauty and creativity of the city.
The work specifically references the portrayal of women as nudes within classical painting, juxtaposed within modern environments highlighting the diversity of London as both a traditional and modern city. It is strongly influenced by dance, as a visual form of communication.
The private view is on Thursday 3 October from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
A live dance piece inspired by Sarah’s collection of work will be performed in Leytonstone library hall on Sunday 6 October at 1:30pm, 2:00pm and 2:30pm.
Leytonstone artist Rupert Whale is currently showing his most recent works at the gallery. His solo show runs from 12 to 29 September 2013.
Rupert was brought up near Blackpool on the north west coast of England He remembers with affection the light and the flat, bleak windswept landscapes of the Fylde area. “The salt atmosphere eroded and rusted objects, cars and buildings were all vulnerable, succumbing to a bleached and disfigured patina. In winter windblown debris was replaced by summer crowds looking for a place on the broad sands and fun on the Pleasure Beach. At night neon flickered, accompanied by music of the slot machines”. This awareness of constant erosion and impermanence translate into his paintings as areas of deliberate incompletion. He is drawn to the discarded and the incidental, scrapyards and empty public spaces. After attending art college in Devon, Rupert worked in the Northcott theatre, Exeter as a scene painter. He later trained as a teacher and taught in London secondary state schools for thirty years.
Discussing the many contemporary influences on his work he includes the New Leipzig School and Nick Goss. He is also aware of that long tradition of artists represented in the National Gallery, and the likes of Auerbach, Leon Kossof, Bomberg, De Kooning, Sickert, Degas and Daumier. He says he owes much of the evolution of his style to the advice of Wynn Jones at Kingsgate studios in West Hampstead and Chris Hough and Tony Hull at the City Lit. in Holborn.
Now retired from teaching he is able to devote his time to painting and continues to experiment, playing with content as much as enjoying discovering what the paint can do.