Infoworks is a new body of site specific work by Joanna Penso looking at public access to information. She is particularly interested in the Stone Space for both its non-for-profit structure, and the curatorial format of artist-collective-as-curator. Once you remove the hierarchical issue of money, what curatorial considerations are taken into account? Set in the gallery directly beneath the public Library in Leytonstone, this installation gives us an insight into what life might be like without freedoms such as freedom of press, freedom to protest and freedom of speech.
Joanna Penso is an installation artist working across mediums of sound, light, film and text. Her work is predominantly concerned with how we interact with each other within different contexts, and how art work can reveal [the state of] our human nature. Throughout her practice, Joanna assumes the roles of curator, artist and exhibition organiser. By focusing on the use of elements such as colour, light and sound, she creates atmospheres that immerse the viewer in a hyper reality.
Private view: Thursday 1 June from 18:00-20:30
Artist talk: Saturday 24 June at 14:00
Strategic Plan by Spanish artist Juan Carlos Meana is an installation that is part of a broader work which deals with identity tensions between the individual and society. Juan’s installation fills the gallery with rulers and set-squares tells us that the space is reduced to numbers and measurements which, in an obsessive, hoarding manner, ends up depriving the subjects and their private identities. By ‘occupying’ the gallery and preventing the public from being able to physically enter into the installation, the artist wishes to emphasise the occupation of a space that cannot be inhabited and where the subject has been expelled.
Juan studied Fine Art at the University of the Basque Country.He continued studying in Paris (ENSBA) with C. Boltanski. He is currently lecturing in Fine Art at the University of Vigo (Spain). Over the years he has had around twenty solo exhibitions and many collective ones, in cities like Bilbao, Vigo, Vitoria, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlín, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon. This is the first time he has shown his work in the UK. Alongside his artistic work he has developed a body of reflective texts about artistic creation.
More information on Juan’s work is available on his website: juancarlosmeana.es
The private view for his show will be on Thursday 6 April, 6.30 to 8.30pm
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.
“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,
We are delighted to be hosting Karen Logan, Lucy Williams and Gillian Swan during the Leytonstone Arts Trail.
Karen Logan and Lucy Williams: Over and under
Karen Logan and Lucy Williams both use time consuming methods, working by hand to stitch and knit exploring issues such as belonging, absence and place. They decided to use the Leytonstone Arts Trail to begin a conversation between selected works.
Karen Logan – Close knit is an ongoing project exploring family history, textile process and landscape. Karen has worked in gallery/community education for many years, this includes work for Creative Partnerships, Tate Britain and The Whitechapel Art Gallery. Currently part of the creative practitioner team at The Hepworth Wakefield, she works alongside families, schools and young people considering, exploring and creating visual art.
Lucy Williams –Worn jackets explores how clothes can metaphorically take on the emotional as well as physical shape of those who wear them. Lucy is inspired by stories and folklore, drawing on symbols and motifs connected with concepts of self, other, reflection and shadow. Lucy has worked in children’s charities and galleries on education programmes for a number of years.
Gillian Swan: The future is brightly coloured
Gillian’s work explores real inhabited environments and seeks to examine the relationships people have with their surroundings. She is interested in the physical remnants successive occupiers leave on buildings and how they form a subtle, yet candid, record of the complex and varied interactions people have had with those buildings.
Gillian will be showing several small pieces from her new series of work titled ‘The future is brightly coloured’ as well as a large relief sculpture which she will be inviting visitors to paint over during the first four days of the exhibition (3 – 6 July).
This series of work is based on buildings not far from the gallery on Leytonstone High Road and is inspired by the action being taken to sanitise and remodel shop fronts and buildings in the area. The first piece of the series was recently shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize 2014, and is currently on display at the Millennium Gallery as part of an exhibition of shortlisted entries titled ‘Recording Britain Now’ that is partnering the V&A exhibition, ‘Recording Britain’.
Drawing Club is a collective from Kingston. Each week the members of the collective meet up and create a mural in one of their houses based around a chosen theme. Everything they create is done using a tear and share method where one person cuts a shape and another draws on it so you never know quite what to expect.
They believe that this method is in line with the Drawing Club ethos of not worrying just doing, harnessing the power of friendship to create new and exciting results and eradicating the feeling of ‘what do I draw?’.
At the Stone Space they will be creating an installation based around the late local Alfred Hitchcock and his films, but with the spirit of Drawing Club.
The members of the collective are Dale Crosby Close, Edwood Burn, Gus Scott, Jack Smith, Matthew Robinson, Michael Parkin, Sam Stobart and Akvile Terminaite.
Their show is running from 26 to 29 June 2014.
The private view is on Thursday 26 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Stephen Snoddy, Director of the New Art Gallery in Walsall, has selected work from over 70 artists from The Art Trail 2012 to be part of this group exhibition.
‘it was a pleasure to go on the Leytonstone Art Trail and see so much art activity across all disciplines and to see the community embrace the visual arts. This can only go from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing ‘Wandering Rocks’ at the Stone Space Gallery’. Stephen Snoddy, The New Art Gallery, Walsall.
‘Wandering Rocks’ is episode ten of James Joyce’s classic Ulysses. It consists of nineteen short views of characters, major and minor, as they make their way around Dublin in the afternoon. Within each subsection, short, disjunctive paragraphs pop up that depict a simultaneous action in some other part of the city. My concept is that Leytonstone becomes Dublin for the day and that 19 artists are chosen to reflect the day.
The Stone Space are hosting Leytonstone Museum’s archive for a special a handling session on Saturday 23rd June from 2-3pm. Come along to see, discuss and handle Leytonstone Museum’s printed archive in it’s box!