Project Space

Rain Wetting Thirst

15th – 17th November

Luca Bosani, Jocelyn McGregor & Sheila Rennick
Curated by Séamus McCormack

15th – 17th November
PV: Thursday 14th November, 6-9pm

Rain Wetting Thirst, featuring artists Luca Bosani, Jocelyn McGregor & Sheila Rennick and curated by Séamus McCormack explores how taste, identities, aesthetics and class culture and made manifest through absurd images, fragmented forms and complex genders. It considers how disembodied bodies can be (re)presented, and how commodification through popular culture and particular contexts and stimuli can blur our individual sense of self. Caricature and satire are used by these artists to create conflicting identities, asking how sensations of desire and aversion can occupy the margins between intimacy, repulsion, fetish and fantasy. Various moments of awakening – erotic, alarming, frightening, arousing and liberating – question the fluid nature of identity. The three artists in the exhibition set up situations that aim to question how our desires, represented by fragrances, images, words and actions, might be satisfied but also remain unfulfilled, thirsty even.

Exhibition Events

Zine Making Workshop
Wednesday 13 November 6.30-9.30pm

Studio Novel designer Ashley Kinnard and artist Jocelyn McGregor will lead a zine-making workshop based on some of the themes in the exhibition with an introduction by curator Séamus McCormack. Materials and beers provided. Take home a free zine with you

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Private View
Thursday 14 November, 6-9pm. All welcome!

Join us for a drink to celebrate the opening of ‘Rain Wetting Thirst’, which will include a new performance developed by artist Luca Bosani and new works by Sheila Rennick and Jocelyn McGregor.

Artists’ Workshops
Friday 15 November 2-6pm

Experimenting with Performance: Rhythms is a participatory workshop led by artist Luca Bosani focusing on performance making and rhythm. Through the introduction to three primary elements – repetition, stillness and inconsistency – the participants are invited to experiment with different performance rhythms, in collaboration and individually.

Exhibition curator Séamus McCormack will lead an artist-led peer support workshop on ways of discussing and supporting practice. This participatory session consists of various exercises and will look at self-positioning, reflection and feedback on direction.

Aimed at emerging artists and students, it is advised that artists attend both sessions.

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Artists’ and Curator’s Bio

Luca Bosani is an artist based in London. Solo exhibitions and performances include: ‘Too Early to Love You, Too Late to Kiss You’, Tate Britain, London, 2019; ‘Knaves of Radiance (paintings)’ Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, London 2019; ‘Knaves of Radiance (Bolan edition)’, London, 2018; ‘Performing the unknown’, Hortensia gallery, KCC College, London, 2018. Group exhibitions include: ‘Singolar Tenzone II’, Kunstraum, London, 2019; ‘Score!’, Beaconsfield Gallery, London, 2019; ‘Singolar Tenzone’, OXO tower, London, 2018; ‘Knaves of Radiance (Bang Bang)’, Gallery 46, London, 2018; ‘Knaves of Radiance (The Bipotential stage)’, Subsidiary Projects, London, 2018; ‘Revolve Performance Art Festival’, Uppsala Konstmuseum, 2017; ‘Liberté d’action’, L’Amour, Paris, 2017; ‘Being alone together’, Crown Building, Liverpool, 2017. 

Jocelyn McGregor is a sculptor based in Cumbria. Recent exhibitions include: Bloomberg New Contemporaries touring South London Gallery and the Liverpool Biennale (2018-19); ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’, The Art Foundation (TAF), Athens, 2018; ‘Mei Yahn Yu’ Kaitak Centre, Hong Kong, 2018; and ‘Risky Attachments’, curated by Like A Little Disaster, Polignano a Mare, 2018. Recent awards include the CVAN NW Artist Bursary 2019, finalist for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2019; The Lee Alexander McQueen: Sarabande Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2017; and the Diabolique Scholarship for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (UK) in 2016. www.jocelynmcgregor.com

Sheila Rennick is an Irish artist based in London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Pretty Fleshy Pain Things’, with Amanda Doran at Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, 2019; ‘Paper Cuts’, curated by Kris Day; Saatchi Gallery, 2018; ‘GIFT’, APT Studios Deptford, 2018; ‘Mrs Pig and the Ketchup’, with Adam Hennessy, Josh Berry, Paul Branca, Pierre Poumet Bordeaux 2018; ‘The Marmite Painting Prize, Block 336, Brixton, 2016; ‘Sausage Fest’, with Jemma Egan, curated by Séamus McCormack, Art Box Dublin, 2016.  Awards include: Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, 2011; Marmite Prize for Painting Runner Up, 2011. Her work is in the collections of Office of Public Works Dublin and Country Bank, NYC.

Séamus McCormack is a curator based in London. Curated projects include: ‘Scaffold’, Bomb Factory; ‘Rain Wetting Thirst’, Lewisham ArtHouse; ‘Jealous Wall’, Luan Gallery, Athlone; ‘SausageFest’, ArtBox, Dublin; ‘Traces’, IMMA, Dublin; ‘Roadkill’, IMMA, Dublin. Séamus was co-curator of both ‘Mobile Encounters’ and ‘Primal Architecture’, IMMA, Dublin. He currently works with New Contemporaries and was previously at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). He has written on the work of a wide range of artists, including Haroon Mirza, Leonora Carrington, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Sharits, Jonas Lund, Ulla Wiggen, Christopher Williams, Janine Davidson, Elaine Leader and Jennifer Brady. www.seamusmccormack.com

Library Music

6 – 10 November, Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm
Private View: Thursday November 7, 6 – 9pm

Mark Beldan, Robin Dixon, Sam Douglas, David Edmond, Mandy Hudson, Rhys Trussler, Ben Walker
Library music is an exhibition about time, memory and place. Seven painters explore aspects of suburban, edgeland and rural landscapes, wandering from faded modernity and future ruins to idyllic villages, from eerie landscapes and spectral houses to utopian visions, bringing together different ideas of folklore, the unknown, the weird, as well as hazily recollected cultural memories.
The landscapes depicted may be mundane, featureless or interchangeable, yet there is often an atmosphere of realised or implied unease or suspense. They can seem familiar, reassuring, yet also unsettling or eerie. The notion that the familiar, the everyday, could carry something that remains hidden or somehow becomes significant, lies at the heart of much of the work.
Alongside the external landscape paintings, on a more interior level, are works that depict sites of creativity and alchemy with views of surrounding woodland, children on listless afternoons stuck in a perpetually unsettling 1970s, and shadowy depopulated spaces inhabited only by flowers.
Although each painter uses a different visual language, their paintings share a sense of something having been discovered – images lost and found during the painting process, and a way of using paint that calls attention to the medium itself, and an understated, quiet atmosphere. The idea of simplicity is fundamentally important to the work featured, and it’s very much at the root of what makes still visual imagery so powerful.

Mark Beldan (born Toronto, lives and works in London) studied at Queen’s University at Kingson, Canada (BFA, 1999) and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (MA in Fine Art, 2002). His paintings have been exhibited at Guest Projects in London, Rye Creative Centre in East Sussex, and MOSTYN in Llandudno. In 2017 and 2018 he was an artist-in-residence at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto. He also hosts the Skelf Podcast, a quarterly series of audio interviews with other artists.
David Edmond was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He lives and works in London. His paintings have been shown in many UK exhibitions including – the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019 (selected by Jock McFadyen) – Creekside Open 2019, London (selected by Sacha Craddock) – Studio 1.1 Group Show London, 2019 – New Art Projects London, Group Show, 2018 – Columbia Threadneedle Prize, London, 2018. His work was published in Michael Petry’s book ‘Nature Morte’ Thames and Hudson.
He attended the Turps Banana full-time painting programme between 2014 and 2016. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MPhil in Printed Textile Design in 1995 and ran his own design business selling designs internationally.

Robin Dixon lives and works in London. He has exhibited in the UK and internationally.
Exhibitions include: The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 2019, John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2014; MK Calling, Group Show, Milton Keynes Gallery 2013; Luna Park, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London 2012; Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London 2007;He studied at Maidstone College of Art (KIAD).

Sam Douglas has exhibited widely since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007. Recent exhibitions include Contemporary British painting at Yantai Museum, China, We are Building a new world, Studio 1.1, London, The Turning world at Charlie Smith London, and Transpositions at St. Petersburg Museum of Nonconformist art. Solo exhibitions include Wayfarer at Carslaw St. Lukes, London, Remnants at the Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin, New paintings at The Cross Gallery, Dublin, and the Corn exchange gallery, Edinburgh. Competitions include The East London painting prize, The Threadneedle prize, The RA Summer Exhibition.. Residencies include Sumburgh head Lighthouse, Shetland Rost, Lofoten, Norway, NKD Dale, Norway, NCCA, Kronstadt, Russia, CCA Andratx, Majorca, Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia, Pedra Sina, Funchal, Madeira, Brigus artist in residence, Newfoundland, Canada, Cill Rialaig, co. Kerry, Ireland, The Curfew Tower, Cushendall, co. Antrim, Ireland, and Burren college of art, co.Clare.
Mandy Hudson lives and works in London. She studied at Maidstone College of Art and has exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK and internationally; These include The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019, Re-Assemble, Collyer Bristow Gallery, 2019, The Marmite Painting Prize 2016; MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Souvenirs, Fieldgate at Angus Hughes, London; One day, Gallery Corridor, Reykjavik. and the Contemporary Art Society’s ART futures 2007 held at Bloomberg SPACE, London.
Rhys Trussler is a graduate from the acclaimed Turps Banana Studio Painting Programme (2015-17) and has a B.A. (hons) in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art (1998-2001). Recent exhibitions include Turps Summer Show, Art Space Bermondsey, London (2017), Running With The Wolves 35Blumen, Kreffeld, Germany (2017) and Helical Swirl, Studio 180, London (2016). His work is influenced by his interest in horror films, vintage Sci Fi novels and the Western Occult Revival of the early 20th century.
Ben Walker was born in Cheshire and lives and works in Kent. He is a painter with an interest in English landscape, folk horror , Factory Records and a distinct era of British culture and TV programmes and films – 1970s and 80s educational programmes for schools, childrens’ tv programmes and public information films. He studied at Sheffield Hallam University and Wimbledon School of Art. He has exhibited widely, including at Transition Gallery and Charlie Smith London, and in the Marmite Prize, and in 2012 won the Jack Goldsmith Painting Prize. He studied on the Turps Correspondence Course 2018-19, and has had work selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019.

Folds

20th November – 1st December, 2019

Preview date time: Friday 22nd November 6 – 9 pm

Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 6pm, Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Folds is an exhibition curated by Chahine Fellahi, Gloria Bernal and Megan Garry-Evans featuring works of 13 international and UK based artists who have responded to the theme “folds.” The full line up will showcase a multimedia array of work which includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation and moving image.

Exhibiting artists: Nikki Alford, Andrea G Artz, Latifah Al-Said, Abbie Cairns, Kirsty Dixon, Luisa Maria Maccormack, Lina Laraki, Wiebke Leister, Freya Nash, Lisa Pettibone, May Rohrer, Ellen Sampson, Emily Scaife.

Folds are pleats of fabric, wrinkles in the skin or carefully folded strands of DNA in each of our cells. Folds are earthly or watery, creases in a landscape or ripples at the surface of the ocean. Folds bend straight lines, they provide texture to the smooth surface of appearance. Folds follow the curves of time, they testify to its passing and its opening to endless possibilities.

Using the notion of folds as a point of departure, this exhibition sets out to uncover the aesthetic, conceptual, ethical and sociopolitical implications of thinking through folds. Activating the interplay between surface and depth, inside and outside, exposure and concealment implicated in folds, this exhibition explores the multiple ways in which the concept can be mobilised as a tool to deconstruct binary oppositions. The diversity of the works presented in the exhibition reflect the various forms folds can take. These include bodily folds as seen in the visceral paintings of Freya Nash and sensual photography of May Rohrer, paper folds as presented in Andrea Artz’s installation and Wiebke Leister’s photo-collages, as well as folds of cloth as explored in the drawings of Luisa-Maria Maccormack and Lisa Pettibone’s kiln-formed glass sculpture.

The different interpretations of the theme will be deployed within the exhibition space, crystallising into an immersive topography. Resonances, echoes and dialogues will take place between the various perspectives provided by the artists, and folded within one another the works will form a dynamic ‘texturology.’

A series of events and activities will take place alongside the exhibition, including a drawing workshop organised in partnership with the London Drawing Group, a performance by Gen Doy and a reading group responding to the theme of the exhibition.

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