Robert Chaplin trained as a painter at Walthamstow School of Art and West Surrey. Robert took a sabbatical from his teaching post to complete a research degree at Sussex University before resuming teaching at schools and colleges in London. None of this really affected his work as a painter which throws a loose lasso around English and American modernism, especially where painterliness meets geometric abstraction. He is a colourist and a contourist.
Robert is presenting three series of works:
PSYCHOGEOGRAPHOMETRY III (2012-2013)
This was a series of works derived from an earlier sequence inspired by the concept and activity of psychogeography – the exploration and revelation of space and the self. Each image is a reworking of small-scale card sculpture made after the practice of Peter Lanyon.
PSYCHOGEOGRAPHOMETRY IV (2013)
These are later works and while they still relate to series III they are more densely articulated and the directness of the earlier work is replaced by a more subtle combination of shape and tone.
These works began life as collagraph prints with a design derived from studies made of washed up bits and pieces found on a seashore. The inspiration behind this was a shrine discovered on another seashore, an ocean away from where these pieces were collected.
The exhibition runs from 2 to 26 April 2015.
The works were created in Leytonstone and Leyton over a period of 4 years and some have been exhibited as part of solo exhibitions in Milan, the UK and Hong Kong, before returning to their spiritual home. Much of the work created owes a great deal to the energy and creativity found in abundance in E11, its people and its fusion of urban and rural elements constantly inspiring and influencing the direction of Carne’s work.
Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka Carne’s fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.
Reminisce opens on Thursday 12 March 2015 and runs until Sunday 29 March 2015.
From September 2014 to February, the Stone Space teamed up with CreativeBloc to host a series of exhibitions, mainly of solo work by CreativeBloc members. This very productive partnership finishes with the group show ‘Incognito’ focusing on the artists’ response to the meaning of this word full of mystery. The artists taking part include Elliott Ashton (who co-founded CreativeBloc with Sadie Medhurst in July 2013), Carne Griffiths, BENIGN SAMUEL , Hilary Douse, Mary Knight, Sarah Lowe and Natalie Blooms.
CreativeBloc’s mission is to bring together creative folk across a multitude of disciplines to tame the elusive inspiration and together use her force to inspire and create, accessible art for all. CreativeBloc meet weekly in cafes in Leytonstone, bringing together artists from around the area. For more information have a look at CreativeBloc’s facebook page.
Incognito opens on Thursday 5 February and ends on 1 March 2015. The private view is on 5 February from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Happy New Year!
Our new show is Debitum Naturae by Elliott Ashton, one of the founders of CreativeBloc.
Debitum Naturae is a show of photographs of adventures, digitally manipulated to the point of abstraction alongside original pen and ink drawings of a re-imagined Leytonstone.
“Life is a journey, and every journey is a story worth telling, are you the hero or the villain of your story? (some stories are a work of fiction)”
The exhibition will run from Thursday 15 January to Sunday 1 February to be followed by CreativeBloc group show open from Thursday 5 February to Sunday 1 March.
Our next show is ‘Take your Time’ by Perpendicular, a collaborative partnership between artists Kim Norton and Alexandra Mazur-Knyazeva.
Perpendicular’s installation is a secluded space filled with the sounds and scent that people often associate with gardens or woodlands. The collection of fabric cones hanging within the gallery at varying heights create an illusion of elevation and suspension.
The show opens Thursday 4 December and will run until 11 January 2015. From the 15 December and over the festive season the gallery will be closed and so the show will be for viewing from the street only.
The private view is on Thursday 4 December at 6.30pm.
We have only just been told that the gallery needs to close from 1 to 24 November 2014 due to works in the library building to remove asbestos. As a result the two CreativeBloc shows scheduled for November have been postponed.
Mark Halliley’s show will stay open until 30 October. Opening hours are as follows:
…with one new show and two events:
CreativeBloc show no.3 – ‘CreativeBloc presents Mark Halliley’ – is opening on Thursday 16 October.
“I put my trust in the materials that confront me because they put me in touch with the unknown” (Robert Rauschenberg)
The private view for Mark’s show is on 16 October, from 6.30 to 8.30pm
Meeting on Sunday 19 October (11.00 to 12.00 noon, at Montmatre Cafe, corner of Harrington Road and Church Lane E11)
We have more information from the council about how the library refurbishment will affect the Stone Space. All Stone Space volunteers and supporters are welcome to come to the organisers’ meeting to discuss how we will work in the near future.
“Each square represents a pixel of my mind; each pixel has been extracted from my journals; each journal contains a majority of the ideas I have not been able to pursue; each idea I share with you.”
During this residency, Devyani will be mute. She would like the gallery visitors and passersby to decide and work out what she is doing,