We are delighted to be hosting Karen Logan, Lucy Williams and Gillian Swan during the Leytonstone Arts Trail.
Karen Logan and Lucy Williams: Over and under
Karen Logan and Lucy Williams both use time consuming methods, working by hand to stitch and knit exploring issues such as belonging, absence and place. They decided to use the Leytonstone Arts Trail to begin a conversation between selected works.
Karen Logan – Close knit is an ongoing project exploring family history, textile process and landscape. Karen has worked in gallery/community education for many years, this includes work for Creative Partnerships, Tate Britain and The Whitechapel Art Gallery. Currently part of the creative practitioner team at The Hepworth Wakefield, she works alongside families, schools and young people considering, exploring and creating visual art.
Lucy Williams -Worn jackets explores how clothes can metaphorically take on the emotional as well as physical shape of those who wear them. Lucy is inspired by stories and folklore, drawing on symbols and motifs connected with concepts of self, other, reflection and shadow. Lucy has worked in children’s charities and galleries on education programmes for a number of years.
Gillian Swan: The future is brightly coloured
Gillian’s work explores real inhabited environments and seeks to examine the relationships people have with their surroundings. She is interested in the physical remnants successive occupiers leave on buildings and how they form a subtle, yet candid, record of the complex and varied interactions people have had with those buildings.
Gillian will be showing several small pieces from her new series of work titled ‘The future is brightly coloured’ as well as a large relief sculpture which she will be inviting visitors to paint over during the first four days of the exhibition (3 – 6 July).
This series of work is based on buildings not far from the gallery on Leytonstone High Road and is inspired by the action being taken to sanitise and remodel shop fronts and buildings in the area. The first piece of the series was recently shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize 2014, and is currently on display at the Millennium Gallery as part of an exhibition of shortlisted entries titled ‘Recording Britain Now’ that is partnering the V&A exhibition, ‘Recording Britain’.
Drawing Club is a collective from Kingston. Each week the members of the collective meet up and create a mural in one of their houses based around a chosen theme. Everything they create is done using a tear and share method where one person cuts a shape and another draws on it so you never know quite what to expect.
They believe that this method is in line with the Drawing Club ethos of not worrying just doing, harnessing the power of friendship to create new and exciting results and eradicating the feeling of ‘what do I draw?’.
At the Stone Space they will be creating an installation based around the late local Alfred Hitchcock and his films, but with the spirit of Drawing Club.
The members of the collective are Dale Crosby Close, Edwood Burn, Gus Scott, Jack Smith, Matthew Robinson, Michael Parkin, Sam Stobart and Akvile Terminaite.
Their show is running from 26 to 29 June 2014.
The private view is on Thursday 26 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Stephen Snoddy, Director of the New Art Gallery in Walsall, has selected work from over 70 artists from The Art Trail 2012 to be part of this group exhibition.
‘it was a pleasure to go on the Leytonstone Art Trail and see so much art activity across all disciplines and to see the community embrace the visual arts. This can only go from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing ‘Wandering Rocks’ at the Stone Space Gallery’. Stephen Snoddy, The New Art Gallery, Walsall.
‘Wandering Rocks’ is episode ten of James Joyce’s classic Ulysses. It consists of nineteen short views of characters, major and minor, as they make their way around Dublin in the afternoon. Within each subsection, short, disjunctive paragraphs pop up that depict a simultaneous action in some other part of the city. My concept is that Leytonstone becomes Dublin for the day and that 19 artists are chosen to reflect the day.
The Stone Space are hosting Leytonstone Museum’s archive for a special a handling session on Saturday 23rd June from 2-3pm. Come along to see, discuss and handle Leytonstone Museum’s printed archive in it’s box!
The Stone Space proudly presents Inclusions, an exhibition which celebrates the work of artist’s whose work straddles genres. The exhibition features work selected by a small team of artist/curators including Eleanor Bedlow, Jeff Cox, Gillian Swan and Carne Grifffiths.
The concept of the exhibition is to embrace and celebrate the work of artists who find difficulty categorizing their work for group shows and by uniting these seemingly disparate elements creating a strong and unifying whole.
Inclusions will be an exciting show both visually and conceptually and we aim to challenge the viewer both with individual pieces and their relationships to eac other in the gallery space.
Thank you to all artists who submitted work for inclusions – it was an incredibly difficult task to select work for the show and I hope you will join us to celebrate the work of Ronis Varlaam, Sally Hewett, Mary-anne Morrison, Aurora Ira,Clare Smith, Tetsuya Endo, Amanda Whittle,Aysegul Thornett,Frances Bloomfield,Matt Gee, David McLeavy, Stacey Wall, Victoria Turnbull, Stephane Blumer, Kate Keara Pelen, Natalie Percy, Silvia Krupinska and Gareth Morgan
Please join us for the opening party this Thursday the 29th March from 7pm
Exhibition runs from 29th March – 15th April
Carne Griffiths creates Eden in Leytonstone (with influences from the local community)
by Helene Loukaides
The live stream for the final weekend of Eden will start today (10th March) on this page from 12:00 GMT latest – that’s 07:00 EST and 08:00 EDT – at other times after, a recording of the stream will be available
Live streaming by Ustream
Using the mediums of ink and tea Carne has been using plants, flowers and foliage – mostly natural but with some artificial pieces – brought in by members of the public to inspire his work in progress, Eden. The work is evolving hour by hour is and is directly influenced by the additions of new specimens to those already in place.
Carne’s uniquely recognisable style transposed onto the walls of the gallery has created great interest from passers-by and also from those following his progress on-line. They are able to connect to the immediacy of the installation and relate to the references in situ. He has found this live situation a stimulating process and the interaction with visitors a rewarding experience, enabling him to react to and develop the work whilst engaging with the public.
“I don’t find having people watching me work and talking to me distracting”, he says, “and I enjoy the experience of meeting the many interesting people from the area whom I wouldn’t have met were it not for the exhibition.”
Carne will be working on the installation until Sunday evening when the work will be completed and would welcome any further input from visitors until then.
For more on Carne Griffiths
The live stream for Eden will start today (4th March) on this page from 12:00 GMT latest – thats 07:00 EST and 08:00 EDT – at other times after, a recording of the stream will be available
Live streaming by Ustream
The 2 week installation drawing Eden by artist Carne Griffiths opens in the stone space at 2pm on Thursday 1st March. Come along on Thursday to see the artist drawing in the space using ink and tea to create floral forms. Bring along plants to decorate the gallery and write suggestions for Carne to include in the work. Keep checking back to the Stone Space website to see the exhibition develop.
Here’s a sneak peak of the gallery in preparation.
and another video this time from the preview event for Eden recorded last week at Debut Contemporary – many thanks to Sylvia Krupinska for the interview.