Treasures of the Deep is an exhibition of recent paintings by Gary Scholes that explores the symbolism of the creative imagination. Using the iconography of modern warfare, dream symbolism and referencing images from the popular culture of his youth, Gary’s aim is to illustrate the landscape of his own subconscious with a view to capturing and analysing those fleeting visual moments and hallucinations. Inspired by children’s illustrated books and comics, military training manuals, aerial photographs, maps and printed ephemera.
Gary has taken visual elements from these sources and combined them with his sketchbook doodles and fantasy drawings to produce a series of engaging, thought-provoking imaginary landscapes painted in a way that reflects the exploration of ideas and the obsessive, passionate energy found in his sketchbooks.
The intention of this exhibition of new work is to show how, through drawing and painting, hidden meanings can be revealed and how that act of discovery contributes to positive mental well-being.
‘Whenever I enter a field or walk down a quiet country lane I am in awe of nature and the beauty of the English landscape. But, if I linger too long, the view before me slowly changes. I see figures in the bushes, shapes in the ground and the sky filling with flying objects. Images from my subconscious invade the scene. My mind becomes overexcited and I am no longer at peace…I am at war.’
Private view: Friday 12 January, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Artist talk: Sunday 14 January, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Scientists predict that nearly every seabird (99%) would have eaten plastic by 2050 because of marine pollution. Global production of plastic stands at over 288 million tonnes per year, of which, 10% ends up in the ocean. Litter gets swept into drains, and then goes into rivers, and ends up in the sea.
At a previous exhibition the artist created a site-specific installation that depicted a flock of red-coloured birds flying over the ocean. The red colour was chosen because they were on the UK’s red-listed, most threatened with extinction. ‘Red is beautiful’, a Russian told the artist as the word ‘red’ in Russian, krasnyj is related to the word krasivyj or beautiful. If our actions make these birds extinct, it will not be beautiful. In Japanese, the word ‘red’ represents clarity, non-existence and truth.
Miyuki Kasahara is a Japanese artist based in East London. Her research examines the factors affecting the global environment, including that arising from politics and societal change.
Private view: Thursday 30 November, 18.00 to 20.30
Artist talk: Saturday 6 January, 14.00 to 15.00
ADRIFT investigates the call of our primeval instinct by bringing together many disciplines: spontaneous architecture, sculpture, drawing, photography, environmental sociology and sustainability.
The installation queries the reactive nature of human beings in response to natural events in a non-life-threatening scenario where art (rather than survival) becomes a basic instinct.
The exhibition “narrates” a story of how an exceptional flood of the river Ombrone on the coast of Maremma (Southern Tuscany, Italy) in August 2015 inspired the locals to make three dimensional structures along 12 kilometres of coastline by using the timbers transported by the flood and discharged into the sea.
The material collected, sketched and photographed during that summer is what Paolo is displaying in the exhibition. His photographs record the process of building, the output of this activity and the demolition process. For this project Paolo found his inspiration in the black and white photographic work of German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Paolo Boccacci is an Italian artist based in London – http://www.paoloboccacci.co.uk
Soundscape: Panta Rei – Passing Through Basic by Emanuela Martignetti
Artist’s talk Sunday 8th October 2017 2 – 3pm
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
Barrie J Davies (born 1977) is a British artist from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He graduated from the Southampton Institute with a Fine Art degree in 2000 and completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 2004. He has exhibited nationally and internationally for over ten years and has made various playful works in painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, print making, performance, fashion and installation.
His work is owned by well-known comedian, Noel Fielding and has also featured in the second series of Channel 4 Comedy “Raised by Wolves” written by Caitlin Moran. His artwork uses a provocative, colourful psychedelic and humorous approach to expose the human condition: notions of success, money, glamour, love, death, sex, gender and religion are picked at with dry comedic use of tragedy meshed with absurdity. The paintings in the show are influenced by the internet, 24 hour shopping, trashy magazines, kitsch obsessions, bootleg songs, day glo fashion, dubstep beats all fused together in a mishmash of pop styles.
Using printmaking as a medium of exploration and process to inform image making, the work in this exhibition investigates how process is linked to the development of the idea. Through observing, collecting and recording the urban and natural, and where they interconnect, they have built their own vocabularies of shapes, marks and textures that relate to their personal observations. They share an engagement with drawing process as a means to an end. Avison and Willberg’s prints interpret the physical differences of printmaking process to focus on the elements that are often overlooked.
Avison’s drawings are informed by looking for and finding similarities across landscapes, large and small, urban and natural. Her drawing practice explores texture, shape and the patterns thrown up by repeated looking. The recent prints come out of many sketchbook drawings, and they also recycle and rework previous images, exploring both the internal catalogue of observation and memory, and new marks that come out of the physical process of making prints to invent new landscapes.
Willberg’s work plays with an assemblage of shapes and grids that have taken inspiration from discarded objects she has observed and recorded from the city streets. Through a range of mediums including intaglio, relief and screen printing these different objects have adopted new characters and are now identified by their shape and interaction with colour, rather than their previous function or use. Sitting together they play with form and textures sometimes recognisable to us but always on our peripheries.
“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.