Barbara Tong, Emma Hunter and Eugene Macki will be using the gallery space to develop new works that evolve, and change throughout the entire duration. By exploring different ideas and responding to each other’s practice, the aim is to open a unique situation where the process and evolution, becomes the work of art. Substitution and other Enacted Stories explore the broad notion of artistic practice, performativity, and temporality. The project will begin with an experimental performance/conversation. The following weeks, the work will take different forms and the public is welcome to visit the artists during opening hours, Thursday to Sunday.
Barbara Tong makes works that investigate the relationship, the connection and the contradiction between the imaginary, the inner body space, and space around. Born in Hong Kong and gained her first degree in Actuarial Science from the London School of Economics. She returned to Hong Kong and worked in finance, later switched to marketing. Started learning flower design as a hobby in 2002, she has quickly fallen in love with this art form. She looked at it as sculpture/ installation using botanical materials. She returned to London and studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts. Since graduating in 2011, she has taken part in various artist residencies in China, Finland and Japan; also Peru and Japan again later this year.
Emma Hunter’s sculptures are concerned with the human condition; they are mostly abstract in form but bodily in nature. Work is made through a two – way dialogue with materials as she searches for understanding. Although deriving from the personal, there is always a search for continuity from the ancient – insight gained from the mythical and anthropological. Instinct and intuition drive the creation of a sculpture that frequently plays with both allure and danger, the disturbing and precarious. Emma works with a wide range of materials including cast bronze, iron, aluminum, ceramic, metal, fabric, plasticine, and wood as well as found objects.
Emma was the Foundry Fellow at Chelsea College of Arts in 2017 where she focused on further developing bronze casting skills as well as sharing her practice with students. Emma has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Gallery of Scotland, Gallery Oxo and The Royal British Society of Sculptors (Bursary winner 2014) among others. She had her first solo show at Hundred Years Gallery in 2016 as a winner selected from a Group Show at the same gallery in 2015.
Eugene Macki is interested in the idea of making as a developmental process, and a meditative action. He explores the structural relationship through sculpture, drawing, painting, and performance. Studied at Chelsea College of Arts and at Sheffield Hallam University. His work has been shown at NN Contemporary Art, Surface Gallery, Cello Factory with the London Group, Royal Academy of Arts, The Muse Gallery, Barbican Arts Group Trust, Morgan Lovell, The Stone Space, and at Atelier Austmarka in Norway among other places.