The Long Memory is the first collaboration between three East London artists whose work spans painting, photography, animation, sculpture and installation. The three who all grew up outside the capital gravitated towards London after finishing college. They draw on the city’s history and changing landscapes to produce work that reflects its many shifting moods and facets, intertwining past and present.
Benjamin Fox has used objects found on the shoreline of the Thames from the East towards the estuary – fragments of pottery, bones, glass, driftwood – to produce detailed and complex pieces that fuse history with the present. “My antecedents were immigrants who first settled in the East End and others were Thames lighter men. I feel that my work draws on that sense of continuity and belonging” he says.
Richard King, photographer and sculptor, finds inspiration in the everyday detritus that is thrown up in the urban landscape and using wood, paper and vinyl fashions them into intricate and ambiguous shapes and sculptures. His work is influenced by the surrealists and abstract expressionist such as Philip Guston and Franz West. “I like to dislocate the items I find from their natural context and create some sense of the uncanny”.
James Self ’s bold paintings depict desolate urban landscapes and the estuary and marshlands of the Thames with their evocations of past industries, conflicts and change. “My work is influenced by British artists such as Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious, and also by the landscapes and skies of rural Suffolk where I grew up”.
When planning The Long Memory the three artists walked along the lower reaches of the Thames and drawn together by the territory that inspires them they intend to continue their collaboration in future projects.
The Long Memory is open until Sunday 30 June 2013.
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