“Borderlands: The Edges of Europe” is a collection of analogue photographs representing the people and places along the borders of the European Union, developed with the purpose of creating an archive of images narrating life at the edges of Europe.
Since 2012 Paola Leonardi has photographed along the land borders of the European Union, following methodically the boundaries traced on maps, and building a distinctive experience of the European frontier that includes unplanned encounters with its inhabitants. This series focuses on the connection between people and territory and the significance of trans-national and transcultural identities, exploring the relevance of European identity and its relationship with concepts of home and belonging, memory and territory and how these have been shaped by events.
This project concentrates on land borders, and the concept of geographical Europe is juxtaposed to that of political Europe/European Union.
Paola Leonardi (born Italy 1980) is a London based photographer and a lecturer in Photography at University Campus Suffolk and London Metropolitan University.
Since completing the MA Image and Communication at Goldsmiths College in 2006, Paola has worked both commercially as well as developing personal projects. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, taking part in personal and group exhibition in the US, Italy, Denmark, Armenia and Germany.
For more information on Paola’s work: www.leonardiphoto.com
Artist Eugene Macki will be in conversation with Emma Hunter to discuss his current exhibition ‘Among Others’ at the gallery. The discussion will focus on the paradox of dividing and connecting and draw attention to the sculptural qualities. The talk will also explore the interconnections between shape and form. The event aims to stimulate thought and reflection on various complex relationships.
Eugene Macki grew up in Hackney, East London. Macki holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and has participated in exhibitions across the United Kingdom. He received a fellowship from Atelier Austmarka in Norway, and was invited to participate in a residency at the Muse Gallery in London.
Emma Hunter currently lives and works in Hackney, London. Hunter is a sculptor as well as a spatial designer and associate lecturer. In 2015 Hunter completed three ambitious large-scale permanent sculptural public artworks in Oldham and Greater Manchester.
Eugene Macki’s show presents recent works that focus on the paradox of dividing and connecting. His sculptures attempt to highlight the relationship between two or more things on the one hand, and the role of self on the other. Eugene once said: ‘I am interested in the subtle irony between a medium and its ability to reveal or disclose information – the aim is to create an open ended situation’.
Eugene Macki grew up in Hackney, East London. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts. He received a fellowship from Atelier Austmarka in Norway, and was invited to participate in a residency at the Muse Gallery in London. Recent exhibitions have included: Between Two Lines at The Crypt Gallery, Barbican Arts Group Trust annual exhibition, Soho Sculpture Prize with Morgan Lovell, The London Group centenary exhibition and The Royal Academy of Arts summer show.
For more information on Eugene’s works, please visit eugenemacki.com
An exhibition of paintings and assemblages by Sarah Arriagada and Silvia von Pock
Mutterboden brings together German painters Sarah Arriagada and Silvia von Pock and their shared interest in a playful, material and process-based approach to image making. Both artists take everyday household materials as their starting point, from cheerful textiles to discarded packaging and plastics, and create paintings that explore their visual, tactile and structural possibilities.
The German word Mutterboden (mother soil: engl. top soil) refers to the earth, the medium in which things germinate and flourish. In the context of this show it alludes to the mass of ‘stuff’, the visually fertile layers of cheap, colourful debris that surround us and from which these art works grow. Both artists have a love of textures and an openness to haptic discoveries that are allowed to shape their work, sometimes taking them outside the framework of canvas and stretcher and beyond the flat plane. But Arriagada and von Pock’s contrasting strategies produce paintings that throw each other into sharp relief.
Substituting domestic textiles for canvas, Arriagada continually layers and strips back paint, sometimes reversing the stretcher as she seeks a purified, distilled, image in the face of colourful excess. Von Pock’s impulse is to collage and encrust, building layers and massing materials until new visual effects are found in works that are structurally self-supporting. Shown together for the first time at The Stone Space, Arriagada and von Pock’s works generate a lively dialogue with and about seemingly worthless materials and what they offer the restless and resourceful eye.
Sarah Arriagada was born in Hamburg, studied fine art in Berlin and has exhibited in France, Germany and the UK. She lives and works in London. saraharriagada.com
Silvia von Pock studied fine art in Bremen and Berlin. She has curated and exhibited widely in Germany and lives and works in Hamburg. silviavonpock.de
Private view: 6-8pm Thursday 21 July
This show explores different perspectives on movement and transition by bringing together sculpture in wood by Alexandra Harley and drawings in ink and gesso on board by Alex McIntyre.
Alexandra and Alex met through the artist-led organisation – Free Painters and Sculptors – in 2013 and began to work towards a joint show. Their conversations are grounded in a mutual fascination with movement and transition explored from different perspectives. Alexandra’s sculpture references and capture moments of movement in space whilst Alex’s drawings distill the experience and recollection of journeys withing a landscape.
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From Earth to Enigma is an exhibition celebrating earth as a painting material and features paintings of the land as well as abstract works by the artist Karen Picton. Picton has discovered that earth can offer a fascinating diversity of colour and texture and her land paintings, made from the earth found in each place she paints, give a character of the land that is uniquely honest.
Earth as a material can reveal traces of human culture through an ongoing involvement with the land and it is the presence of human thought from the earth that this exhibition seeks to explore. Paintings shift between the land and abstract works from the artist’s interior landscape, while references to history and archeology reveal physical evidence of past lives. The exhibition brings together the familiarity of earth and the touch of human presence with art works that are on a discovery for the enigma of the mind in the land.
The private view for this show is on Friday 27 May, from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
There will be an opportunity to meet the artist in the gallery on Saturday 11 June (normal opening times).
The Possibility of Everything brings together four artists who explore the possibilities of materials , medium and process through drawing, painting, photography and moving image.
The exhibition highlights the role of process and materiality for each artist and encompasses shared themes and parallels between creative, psychological and environmental territories.
Focus is placed on the transformation of materials, which include the everyday , domestic as well as processes or tools of “specialist” status, such as the painter’s pigments or surgeon’s scalpel, revealing how these materials are transformed by means of imagination, subversion or gesture.
The private view is on Friday 29 April, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Skin deep is an exhibition of embroidered and stitched pieces by Sally Hewett. Sally’s work is inspired by bodies: not conventionally beautiful bodies, but bodies which show their history, that have been altered by their experiences, that are decorated with scars, spots, stretch-marks, veins – bodies that have the marks of life on them. The exhibition includes a new series of fabric reliefs depicting bodies altered by surgical procedures and medical conditions.
Sally says: ‘I am interested in how we see things and how we interpret what we see. Why are some bodies considered beautiful, and others ugly? How does my use of materials and techniques traditionally associated with prettiness and gentility affect how the content is seen?’
Sally Hewett graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design. Articles on her work have appeared in numerous online magazines, including the Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan, and in printed magazines, including Texteil Plus and Pom Pom. Her work has featured in books including Sometimes Beautiful, edited and published by Michael J. Beam, New York, and The State of Art series, published by Bare Hill Publishing, Worcestershire. Her work has been exhibited in various venues in the UK, US and Europe, and has been bought for private and public collections.
The private view for Sally’s show is on 1 April 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.