On Sunday 14 October an event was held at the Stone Space to celebrate our first birthday! A real achievement. Here are organisers, volunteers and supporters celebrating, on the last day of the TEST show:
Secondly, don’t miss our call for entries to Minutiae! Information is available on our call for entries page and is open until 4 November. It promises to be an exciting group show – join the event on Facebook, and get your entries in!
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.
This year’s arts trail is under way and a map exhibition and display have been created in Leytonstone’s new Slate and Stone Space galleries. The Stone Space has become the headquarters for this year’s trail from 12th – 22nd July and is showing a sample piece of artwork from over 70 artists involved in this year’s trail, with lots of work for sale at a range of prices to suit all budgets.
Head over there to pick up your trail guide and then make your way around the 16 venues that are participating in the 2012 trail. Including ‘Stone Space Projects’, Leytonstone’s new pop up gallery situated just outside the tube station. The ‘As Time Goes By’ exhibition featuring 17 artists, The Red Lion’s group of exhibitions and Norlington Road’s ‘When The Walls Come Down’ featuring over 35 artists. The Hitchcock Hotel, Leytonstone Social Club’s Shadwell Printers exhibition and many many more.
Join us at the stone space this Thursday for the opening evening of 1 Day’s Walk, an exhibition which celebrates Leytonstone. The show features the work of 13 artist’s exhibiting original pieces of work which have also been turned into postcards which will be sold to support the Stone Space gallery.
Many of the visitors to the Olympics this summer will pass through Leytonstone, but the town is so much more than a stepping stone to this year’s olympic games, and we wanted to make sure that we get across the flavour of Leytonstone to visitors!!
Private View opens at 7pm on the 21st June and the exhibition runs from 21 June – 8 July
The Stone Space proudly presents ‘What’s Going On?’, an exhibition of works by artist Jeff Cox that explores the themes of memory, relationships, birth, sex and loss.
Born in London in 1947, Cox now resides in Leytonstone and works from his studio in Hackney. He states that painting is a way of attempting to make sense of the world, and is in part a therapeutic activity.
“I wish to involve the viewer in my paintings. To question what is going on.”
Cox uses colour in an emotional and intuitive way, while his forms and compositions explore the area between the abstract and the figurative. He uses the form of the square to imply a sense of order but questions whether there is real order to the world. In a postmodern media-saturated society Cox maintains that painting remains a vital means of expression. While no single style can be dominant, painting is real and direct.
“What can be meaningfully said about art?”
Exhibition dates 31 May – 17 June 2012
Private View Thursday 31 May 18:30 – 21:30
Talks and discussions
Jeff will be at The Stone Space to lead two discussions on contemporary art on Thursday 7th June: 6:30pm and Saturday 16th June 3pm. These events are free to attend and no booking is required.
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
Working in calligraphy ink and tea, the artist will create floral imagery connected with ideas of creation and evolution whilst exploring the interplay between artist as creator and the outside influences of chance and suggestion from viewers. Based heavily on floral forms the installation leads on from last year’s drawing made inside a house as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail. A video of the finished installation is shown below.
Visitors to the gallery are requested to bring plants to the exhibition to create a central installation which will be used as inspiration for the drawing as well as writing suggestions for imagery to be included within the piece. A live broadcast of the event will be available at this website from the 1st March and also at the artist’s webpage http://www.carnegriffiths.com
On 25th February a preview event for the exhibition took place at Debut Contemporary. Images from the presentation and live drawing event can be found hereCarne’s work has featured recently at the London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London Art Fair
We spoke to artist Alke Schmidt at the private view of ‘Spill ‘about how striking we thought the sequential images of the spill were. The spreading oil shape over those beautiful Audubon bird illustrations really struck a chord with us and we asked Alke’s permission to present the works as a slide show here to see the damaging effects of the spill.
The first week of drawing is now complete at the Stone Space’s Dialogue exhibition featuring work from installation artist Debbie Locke. The gallery will reopen on Thursday 26th Jan and will run until Sunday 29th. Visit the stone space during our opening hours, Thurs & Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm to see the machines in action.
The ‘Dialogue’ exhibition which opened on Thursday 19th of January features 3 wall-based drawing machines which communicate with each other via Bluetooth technology.
Each machine reacts to a ‘message’ passed from the previous machine, and tries to emulate the mark that it has made. This cycle runs continuously, creating documents as evidence of the process.
Based on clinical data alone, these drawings should be identical, however, by adopting, in part, a ‘Heath Robinson’ approach in the mechanism’s assembly, I can challenge the notion of the infallibility of machines and add an element of play and humour to the work. This hopefully enables the resulting work to escape the confines of its initial deterministic methodology and achieve the unexpected. I have been actively encouraging the inclusion of chance and random interference in the process, making it possible for me to study the disparity between logical and irrational behaviour.