Magazine: Issue 2
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Venue Spotlight: Peckham Space
PECKHAM SPACE Peckham Space is a ‘must see’ if you visit the area. SLAM interviews Emily Druiff, the Director of the public gallery. SLAM: Q — When did Peckham Space open, and what is the mission of the gallery? Emily Druiff: A — Peckham Space opened in June 2011, we are London\'s newest purpose built public gallery commissioning artists to make new work with residents and young people. SLAM: Q — The design of the gallery really makes it stand out in the square – could you tell us a little about the design/architects and the intentions of the building? ED: A — The gallery was designed by Penson ltd and is a flat pack sustainable wooden construction without foundations - however we are not about to pack up any time soon. SLAM: Q — What exhibitions and projects have you held so far? ED: A — We have been commissioning artists since June 2008 including: Jessica Voorsanger, Harold Offeh, Gayle Chong Kwan, Manu Luksch, Lottie Child, and The People Speak. We archive our commissions online with video, images and pod casts which can be found on our website: SLAM: Q — What do you have planned for 2011? ED: A — The summer exhibition is going to be an exciting new film installation titled Slipstream by artist David Cotterrell who has been working closely with residents from North Peckham. Following that in the autumn we have commissioned Sonia Boyce to work with young Muslim women on a project called Networks. SLAM: Q — What\'s your favourite thing about Peckham? ED: A — Peckham is very alive at the moment, new venues are opening all the time and it is very exciting and optimistic; very positive. Image Credits: Mariona Otero
Deptford Review: The Agency, Deptford
The Agency, Deptford Rebecca Birch Gallery 1 Alicja Dobrucka Gallery 2 19th March 23 April 2011 The Agency, a gallery renowed for highlighting exciting new national and international talent presents solo exhibitions of two emerging artists working in media, performance and photography. In Gallery 1, Rebecca Birch presents us with a few projects going on concurrently within her practice presented as an installed ensemble. Comprising the exhibition are two main projects: The premier of Great Northern a film shot during 24hr darkness in the Arctic circle in Canada in 2009. As is characteristic of Birch's work, Great Northern is in a state of flux, with Birch taking the work on a number of fieldtrips and inviting guests to respond to the work in its new surrounds. Again, typical of Birch's practice is the blurring of lines between author and audience. Birch also presents 'Point' a work which is the result of a similar interview technique as Great Northern but takes physical gestures rather than verbal narrative to build the overall picture. In Gallery 2, Alicja Dobrucka, a Polish photographer whose technical ability allows her to drench her works with the weight of her subjective experience. Implicit in the landscapes is the time and process of grief, which has affected Dobrucka's practice since the tragic passing of her brother in 2008. What strikes you is the way a landscape becomes alien when seen through the eyes of the artist, and the way we must readjust to our external environment once our internal landscape has changed irreparably. As she says of her own practice this becomes a search for presence in the absence. The works presented here forms part of the follow up series to I like you, I like you a lot_ with scenes shot in Poland. A uniting thread between these two artists appears to be the hostile environment (both internal and external), and the necessity to remain flexible in the face of it. Both artists approach their subjects with subtle interventions that demand patience from the viewer, both well worth seeing. Rachel Price Image Credit: Alicja Dobruka, 'Untitled' (Bin), 2011
Review: Danielle Arnaud
Danielle Arnaud, Bankside. Condensation. Annie Attridge, Jonathan Baldock, Sarah Gillham, Anthea Hamilton, Eri Itoi Paul, Mindy Lee Westcombe. Danielle Arnaud contemporary art is one of the most charming gallery spaces in London. Housed in a beautiful Georgian terrace, also Danielle Arnaud’s home, the gallery’s three differently coloured rooms lend the current exhibition a sense of quotidian surrealism. Condensation is a group show of seven artists whose work often misleads in terms of its use of medium. Many of the materials used (paper cups, paper plates, embroidery, mirrors, porcelain) are suggestive of the everyday life of a home yet they are worked into such a state that they at once seem alien and still strangely familiar. From Paul Westcombe’s intricate and explicit ink drawings on used paper cups; to Sarah Gillham’s nostalgic assemblages of bell jars, mirrors and photographs; and Annie Attridge’s deceptively graphic porcelain figures: the works tend to draw the viewer’s gaze in close and personal. Condensation is an intriguing and delightful exhibition that sits in an ideal setting. Written by Jose da Silva Sarah Gilham: Anthea Hamilton: Paul Westcombe: Annie Atridge: Mindy Lee: Anthea Hamilton, Jonathan Baldock & Sarah Gillham
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