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Spill

Walthamstow artists Alke Schmidt  and Della Rees on how the environment and social issues past and present  affect their work and why even bad things can be beautiful

Photography by Martine Charalambou

German born Alke and New Zealander Della have both lived in this country for over 20 years and although they have shown work at the same events this is their first collaborative exhibition. They decided on this venture when having worked together at the Mitre Studios in Walthamstow over the past year they realised that they were both moved and influenced by similar concerns over environmental matters.

Della’s work usually brings art into urban contexts recycling found materials and appropriating traditional techniques into site-specific works.  She says “My works are often by their nature transitory and are themselves eventually recycled and absorbed back into the environment”.  In ‘Spill’ she has produced pieces for indoor display using different mediums including oils, marbling and plastic.

Alke has been inspired by anger at the effects of pollution on the planet and the consequences they have on its population. “I feel that much of my art is motivated by my outrage at man-made environmental disasters as well as the social injustices created by the ‘markets”. In her work she often contrasts present day topics with influences from past eras, for example using imagery of the recent unrests on British streets against Rococo backgrounds.

The exhibition ‘Spill’ at the Stone Space takes its theme from global oil spillages.  Alke, roused by the effects of the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico uses reprints from a collection of the 19th century naturalist, James Audubon’s  ‘Birds of America’,  and paints over them with shapes in textured enamel paint plotting the evolution of the pollution across the Gulf.

Della’s exhibits at ‘Spill’ include ’20 Ships’ spills’, a piece mapping various spillages from ships across the world;  ‘Container Stack’  references container ships and explores the fact that oil and water do not mix;  ‘A memorial’ captures the iridescent beauty of oil and draws on the similarity in its colours to those of the New Zealand Paua shell.

As this fascinating and thought-provoking exhibition shows there is beauty to be found in even the most catastrophic of events.

Find more on the artists at
www.alkeschmidt.com
www.della.eu.com

Spill Private View

Friday 3rd February, Spill Private View from 6:30pm

The Stone Space Gallery would like to invite you to attend the Private View of Spill, an exhibition of works by artists Alke Schmidt and Della Rees.

Della and Alke are interested in exploring contemporary social and environmental issues and debates through the subversive nature of art’s aesthetic dimension.  In the works created for “Spill”, the artists have focused on the disastrous impacts caused by oil spills.  Inspired by the contrast between the long-lasting nature of such events and the typically short-lived media attention, the artists map and document such ‘disappeared’ disasters using a very different aesthetic language from that used in news coverage. The result is a series of small-scale, intriguing and visually attractive pieces that draw the viewer in and invite reflection on very large-scale events.

Spill exhibition opens this Thursday

Spill, an exhibition of works by artists Alke Schmidt and Della Rees opens this Thursday at the Stone Space with a private view on Friday evening from 6:30pm.

Della and Alke are interested in exploring contemporary social and environmental issues and debates through the subversive nature of art’s aesthetic dimension.  In the works created for “Spill”, the artists have focused on the disastrous impacts caused by oil spills.  Inspired by the contrast between the long-lasting nature of such events and the typically short-lived media attention, the artists map and document such ‘disappeared’ disasters using a very different aesthetic language from that used in news coverage. The result is a series of small-scale, intriguing and visually attractive pieces that draw the viewer in and invite reflection on very large-scale events.

 

An Exciting Line Up of Exhibitions for 2012

We have a fantastic line up of exhibitions for 2012, featuring installation artists Martine Charalambou, Debbie Locke, Alke Schmidt, Della Rees, Gillian Swan, Carne Griffiths and Eleanor Bedlow.  There will be live painting events, sculpture and drawing installations with each exhibition lasting  2 weeks.  So put these dates in your calendar as each one is a must see.

Enjoy our closed doors exhibition, Ornamentisimas and we’ll see you in 2012 for our New Year opening Live Paint show with Martine Charalambou. We hope you have a wonderful Festive Season and a Happy New Year, The Stone Space Team

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