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.
Dates for your diary:
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.
This new show is about exploring the ethereal and intangible nature of air. Judit Prieto was inspired to create a series of new works taking her own vision of this element, using techniques such as oil painting and linocut.
In her paintings, Judit uses layers of perspex with different colours of oil paint that mix together without interference from the artist, creating new colours and shapes. Her prints are the result of the exploration of colour, using controlled colours that are then blended together to create different combinations as a background.
Judit Prieto was born in Barcelona and is now based in Stoke Newington. She became interested in drawing and painting as a child. In the late nineties she did a course in photography and then completed a Degree in Interior Design in 2002. She moved to London in 2010 and completed a part-time Foundation Diploma Course at the Hampstead School of Art with distinction. At the Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Exhibition 2013, she was selected for a Tate Modern Community Learning Award. Her first solo exhibition was in Sabadell (Barcelona) in January 2015.
For more information of Judit’s works, visit her website: www.juditprieto.com
The private view is on Friday 4 March from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Process and Preparation is intended to offer a tantalising glimpse of the wealth of work that will be on show around Leytonstone in July as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail and provide an insight into the working methods of the artists taking part. The exhibition, which will include photography, animation, film, painting, printmaking and drawing, will present preparatory work alongside finished pieces to offer visitors the chance to view the varied techniques of experimentation and refinement employed by artists.
Exhibiting artists are: Abbie Cairns, Basia Zieniewicz, Brett Banks, David Farnham, Ed Firth, Imogen Perkin, Jake Green, Jaspal Bhogal, Julie Caves, Linda Forbes, Mark Hudson, Miguel Souto, Nomi Rana, Rose Pearson, Rupert Whale, Sarah Barnes & Sarah Duffield-Harding, Tamara Dubnyckyj and Willie Nash.
The private view will take place on Thursday 4 February from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Sculptor Brett Banks will be carving in the gallery on Saturday 6 and 13 February as part of the exhibition.
Rose Pearson will come and draw in the gallery on Sunday 21 and 28 February.
This year the Leytonstone Arts Trail will take place from 2 to 10 July. This annual arts festival invites artists to display their artwork locally in businesses, community centres, homes, galleries and outdoors. Artist studios and workshops also often open their doors for exclusive viewings. You can find out more and register an exhibition for this year’s trail on the Leytonstone Arts Trail website. The deadline to register is 10 April.
The acrylic paintings by Mike Cox are of heads, nudes, figures, landscapes and religious or political subjects. Most attempt to investigate what is actually perceived compared with what is formatted into recognized memories. Others simply illustrate historical events that raise concerns, in a relatively conventional manner. No formal training in painting can be blamed.
Mike retired from affordable housing provision after his architectural career, studying and qualifying in Canterbury. He entered architecture following support for his artistic work in Queen’s College in Guyana, South America. He produced the first watercolour bought for the Guyana National Collection, and has completed several exhibitions with his wife Genevieve, who did embroideries relating to her Amerindian heritage in Guyana.
Influences on his approach to painting are very typical – Francis Bacon and Hockney (his photographs mainly). He admires their attempt to put together tiny visual points we actually see into snapshot summary perceptions.