Issue 3 Articles
Magazine: Issue 3
Deptford Preview: Apt Gallery
Deptford Preview by Rachel Price Creekside Open 2011 APT GALLERY 12-29 May - Selected by Dexter Dalwood 9-26 June - Selected by Phyllida Barlow Dealing with the often difficult territory of the open format show, APT\'s unique 2 selectors, 2 shows format usually promises a diverse and high quality selection. This format was rolled out in 2007 meaning that two exhibitions are produced by different selectors from the same submission. With selecting artists from deliberately opposing ends of the artistic spectrum this often results in two very disparate shows transparently revealing the tastes of the selectors. Most interestingly of all is the possibility that the same work can be selected independently by both artists, controlling for taste and suggesting some universal artistic appeal given the very different practices of the selectors. This year, of some 900 entries Dexter Dalwood has selected 63 artists and Barlow 70, 5 of which were selected by both. Undoubtedly the shortlisted artists will reveal the impact of the respective selectors’ legacy on this generation of artists. Likely to be most evident in Barlow’s selection, whose practice has more or less single-handedly ushered back the welcome return of an unapologetic physical presence and material intelligence in sculpture. Barlow’s selections include ones watch: Dexter Dymoke, Craig Fisher, Rebecca Griffiths, Eunhye Lee and Aaron Head. It’s not all pulsating masses of industrial goods however, the like of David Theobald are sure to provide some pristine 2-D relief; and if none of that floats your boat, there’s always the Dalwood selection. www.creeksideopen.org Rachel Price
Venue Spotlight: Poppy Sebire
Venue Spotlight by Jose da Silva Poppy Sebire: SLAM: Q — When did Poppy Sebire Gallery open and what are the gallery’s aims and intentions? Poppy Sebire: A — We opened in September 2010. Our aim is to put on an exciting program of shows that best represent our artists and keep our audience engaged. Looking to the future we want to represent them beyond London on the international art scene and to help promote them to museums, collectors, curators and galleries internationally. SLAM: Q — How and why did you choose to house the gallery in a Victorian church hall in Southwark? Poppy Semire: A — It’s a beautiful space that is full of character and offers us perfect gallery proportions. The opportunity to rent the church hall came along by chance and I couldn’t say no. Southwark is also well placed for a gallery, being the home to TATE Modern and Jerwood space. SLAM: Q — What exhibitions and projects have you held so far? Poppy Sebire: A — We have put on five group shows since 2009. The first was curated by James Aldridge, one of our gallery artists. We exhibited the four artists who had been working with me since 2009 in a group show to help launch the space and bring in our loyal followers. The January show was an exhibition of photography and sculpture by two artists living in America, Ali Bailey and Jessica Labatte. Player Player Player was a show of installation, sculpture and video that looked at artists who use humour in their work. Line is the current show which ends on 21st May. Line brings together the work of five artists who, working with diverse media and forms, employ the trace, the contour and the mark in gestures that are at times incidental and at others explicit. SLAM: Q — What do you have planned for the rest of 2011? Poppy Sebire: A — We are now concentrating on solo shows for the gallery artists right up until the end of the year. Only the July 2011 slot will take the form of a more relaxed group show. We are about to have the first solo show in the hall space. Paul Housley is showing new paintings and sculpture. Tom Dale takes the September slot and will divide up the space to show video and sculpture. James Aldridge whose commission ‘Cold Mouth Prayer’ hangs in on the 7th Floor at the Tate Modern will have his first exhibition with us in October to coincide with the hussle and bussle of the Frieze art fair week. Finally we end 2011 with Lee Maelzer’s show of new paintings. SLAM: Q — What is your favourite thing about Southwark? Poppy Sebire: A — I really like our little pocket of Southwark. The ‘secret garden’ sits alongside us at the east end of Copperfield Street. It’s hidden away behind the garden’s trees and it sits opposite a row of Winchester cottages which makes it feel very special. It’s a part of Southwark that very few people know is here.
Review: The Sunday Painter
Camille at The Sunday Painter by Holly Willats The Sunday Painter is one of my favourite South London destinations, so I was excited to see their latest exhibition, Camille. For those Red Dwarf fans out there, the name of this exhibition will get your hearts pumping. For those, like myself whose knowledge of Red Dwarf is slightly limited: Camille is the name given to the ‘pleasure gelf’ (Genetically Engineered Life Form – of course…) that appears in an episode of the famed series. Camille has the ability to project to whom ever is looking at her, the image of their perfect companion. It is not how Camille wants to be seen, but how the viewer perceives her. It is this idea of the imaginative and fanciful, that artists Alex Rathbone and Jill Mason play with in their work. Intriguing paintings and sculptures composed of wood, string and resin grab your attention and let curiosity take hold. The star of the show for me was Rathbone’s Dalek blowing into a Tannoy, 2011. This mixed media sculpture is a dream – its character both playful and feisty, lures you in to the middle of the room. Presented as if they have just been unlocked out of the wooden boxes around them, this is a mysterious treasure trove that is a delight to unearth. 21 April – 15 May Open Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm The Sunday Painter 1st Floor, 12 – 16 Blenheim Grove London SE15 4QL