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.
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
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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Taking time out to appreciate and talk about art at a Q and A event for artists at the Stone Space Gallery in Leytonstone, is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, Clare Conley discovered.
What makes an artist? How does that represent memories? Why did you frame that work? These were just some of the questions that the audience asked a group of artists on the last day of the Space Between exhibition on 3 December 2015. Artists talked about what had inspired them, how they created the work on display and took part in a debate with the audience and fellow artists.
The Space Between show included a diverse mix of artistic approaches, materials, artistic medium and interpretations received in response to the call out for work that inhabits the space between perceived reality and abstraction. Thirteen artists featured in the exhibition and four were able to take part in the artists’ talk event.
Robert William Jackson is an artist with a “day job” as a furniture maker. He explained how he saved the basis of his exhibit, “Light and Dark” from being thrown away in the workshop where he works. It started as a board with a build up of different layers and textures of black and white paint, sealed with clear laquer over months and months. “To me it was special, I knew it was a piece of art”, explained Robert. And the beauty of art is that it means different things to different people. One member of the audience said it reminded her of an arrow slit window in a castle, while another person was interested in why Robert had decided to frame the work. “It had to be framed to give it that strength”, was Robert’s reply.
The mythology surrounding paradise and what can and can’t be seen in everyday life, were some of the ideas that interested Susan Eyre. She visited places with the Paradise nametag including an industrial centre and an urban street, looking for structures, signs and symbols. These included plastic palm trees in a children’s playground in Paradise Road in Stockwell, which feature in Susan’s artwork, “Blackbird” – a screen print with circles representing the seen and the unseen. “Less than 5% of the universe is actually visible to us. There is a dark matter and dark energy that we can’t see,” she explained.
Maria Kokkenon produced the two pieces displayed, “Body Became a Tree” 6 and 1, for her fine art graduation show in Finland. Maria was fascinated with how differently she and her older sister remembered childhood memories. This led her to think about how memory reflects our identity and how longterm memories are held in our body. Maria has interpreted this visually in two large black and white drawings on fabric representing imaginary trees in the “garden of my mind”. Maria’s pieces generated a lot of debate about how people saw her work and what memories meant to them.
Sam Mattacott, who trained as an animator, explained that he created a series of six artworks from audio files using various digital processes. He chose two pieces for the exhibition. Sam added: “The process was quite experimental and I enjoyed seeing how I could push and play with the images, including different colours, until I felt that it was a completed image. I think of them as ‘action paintings’.” The audience asked if the artwork could be displayed with the sound files (Yes, but it would be white noise) and if they could be projected (Potentially but only with very expensive equipment!).
Championing artistic enquiry and giving a platform to art that provokes thought and debate, are two of the overall aims of The Stone Space and this event was a good demonstration of both. Do go along to join the discussion at any future artists’ talk events if you can.
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Contours & Connections – watch two artists create new work at The Stone Space next weekend
Don’t miss your opportunity to watch artists, Diana Burch and Louise Scillitoe-Brown – currently exhibiting – make new work in the gallery in response to each other’s practice and the space.
Come along to our live artwork weekend on 11 and 12 December.
Are you an artist? Interested in exhibiting at the Stone Space next year?
We welcome exhibition proposals by individual and groups of artists.