Issue 16 Articles
Magazine: Issue 16
Review #1: SLEIGHT | Candida Powell-Williams Lewisham Art House | 29/08/12 – 09/09/12 www.candidapowell-williams.com Coming at the end of her year long graduate studio award at Lewisham Art House, in SLEIGHT Candida Powell-Williams asks us to stop and give our hands the attention they deserve. The central work within the show is a large vertical partial cylinder you step into the centre of. Within its red interior walls, you are surrounded by many pairs of white gloved hands: grabbing, poking, holding, grasping, weighing, pointing, beckoning, even crossing fingers. These hands, but equally our own hands, carry so much potential for meaning. The slightest altering of the position of just a few fingers can radically change what a gesture will be understood as, and even the most minimal active movement is inscribed with meaning which often crosses languages and cultures. www.adamwakerart.co.uk
Review No 2: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012
Review #2: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, SE1 OLN 12/09/12 – 28/10/12 28/09/12 Jerwood Drawing Prize: SLAM Last Fridays Event – Meet the Artists 18:30 – 20:00 The annual Jerwood Drawing Prize has returned to SE1, never afraid to move with the medium’s ever expanding scope this year’s selection of 78 works was chosen from a submission of almost 3000 entries. The shortlist includes artists at all stages of their careers from new graduates to well established artists. SLAM’s Rachel Price reviews this year’s selection: Navigating this year’s shortlist it appears to have quite a restrained feel at first. The grid seems to feature highly, favouring abstract minimalism and a clean precision over the gestural or narrative. Rebecca Kunzi’s Blade & Chalice a nod to op art in a retro orange & black, pain stakingly executed in pen, despite its references the work appears strangely new. Linda Antalova’s other worldly elaborate scaffold type drawing ‘unfolding’ demonstrates an undeniable skill but still contributes to the clinical feel of this selection. Simon Parish also employs an opie-esque reductionism in his work.
Spotlight: Block 336
GALLERY SPOTLIGHT: BLOCK 336 336 Brixton Road | SW9 7AA www.block336.com Our gallery spotlight this month is BLOCK 336, an artist-led gallery that launched in March 2012 with its inaugural exhibition ‘1’. SLAM’s Rachel Price interviews resident BLOCK 336 artist Jane Hayes Greenwood to get under the skin of South London Art Map and Brixton’s newest edition: RP: Hello Jane and BLOCK 336! Many thanks for speaking with us about your new venture. BLOCK 336 has only been up and running for a few short months, with your third exhibition in the offing, what made you and your fellow resident artists want to open your own gallery space? JHG: Xabier and I recognised the potential of the underused basement after organising a show here previously. The Manager of the building shared our enthusiasm. Alex, Rob and Lucie joined us in with the common objective of making the idea a reality and by Christmas 2011 we had constructed the gallery, workshop and studios. We set up Block 336 to create opportunities to work with both emerging and established artists and curators, to engage with and contribute to contemporary discourse.