Magazine: Issue 30
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Spotlight: Deptford X
DEPTFORD X 2014 WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ART? 26th September – 5th October With SLAM HQ based in the heart of Deptford we always look forward to Deptford X, with it being Londons longest running contemporary visual arts festival and having been experienced by over one million there must be something infectious about the charm of the South East hub. Taking place from 26th September to 5th October and in a variety of locations SLAM asked Caroline Underwood to compile everything there is to know Deptford X 2014. Deptford X is proud to announce that Bob & Roberta Smith returns for a second term as Lead Artist for Deptford X 2014, This year artists respond to Bob & Roberta Smith’s new provocation: WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ART? with exciting visual arts projects happening in a diverse range of venues across Deptford, South East London. 3 Associate Artists-in-residence were also invited to develop new work for Deptford X. Jessica Voorsanger will present a new set of photographs from her ‘Impostors’ series for the first time during this year's Deptford X. As an extension of this work Jessica will be inviting local people to come together to participate in creative special events. The publication of ‘The Art of Jessica Voorsanger’, a comprehensive monograph of the artist's work - which deals with the subjects of popular culture and celebrity, identity, obsession and escapism - has been planned to coincide with Deptford X and will be celebrated at a book launch event and exhibition private view. Kaori Homma will be working with local residents, students and teachers to create a new Homma Meridian line as part of her ongoing project exploring boundaries, as well as showing films that will link her work in Deptford to another Homma Meridian project in the USA. Kaori has also been working internationally with Japanese artists Komori + Seo who will be presenting a film installation in the crypt of S. Paul’s Church, Deptford. Janette Parris has been working with stallholders at Deptford Market to develop a new special feature issue of Arch Comic. Printed comics will be available during Deptford X in a limited edition, so be sure to visit Deptford Market or the Deptford X HQ to pick up a copy. Janette has also written a musical response to be performed in and around Deptford High Street – look (and listen) out for her work on market days! Local artists were invited to submit their responses and 30 new projects have been selected for the Festival Fringe, which takes place in a diverse range of local venues from galleries to pubs, market stalls, parks and public walls. Fringe hosts include well-known venues such as Goldsmiths, the Albany and Deptford Lounge as well as hidden gems like local record shop Vinyl and the old Tidemill School garden, artist-run infrastructure Enclave and The Old Police Station do-it-yourself art centre. Brand new venues to look out for this year include MMX Gallery and Number3London. Be sure to attend the launch event on Friday 26th September, when local galleries will open late in association with SLAM Fridays. For those visiting Deptford for the first time or perhaps wanting to venture off the beaten track to discover new art, the South London Art Map will be running a ‘pay what you like’ tour taking in a selection of Deptford X highlights. Bob & Roberta Smith will be lead artist-in-residence at the ‘Deptford X Art Party’. Bob will be working on-site at the Deptford X HQ during the festival, painting a banner and encouraging visitors to contribute their own ideas to create a collective statement about the value of art. Activities at the Art Party will include sign-painting, screen-printing and badgemaking as well as performances from local musicians, culminating in a special event at 6pm on Sunday 5th October – everyone is invited to come and get involved! For any questions relating to Deptford X, please contact
Review: Bradley & Lloyd
Camberwell BA Painting students Daisy Bradley and Bethany Lloyd, talk SLAM through their co-curated exhibition ’Salon’, taking place at ‘Home London’ in Kensington Olympia this month. Inspired by Richard Hamilton’s ‘Gallery for a Collector of Brutalist and Tachiste Art’, an exhibition held at the Ideal Home show in 1958. In ‘Salon’, a selection of contemporary artworks are assembled in order to establish a form of domesticity. Seeming to be functional and decorative, they create a narrative both personal and universal; evoking the commonplace and everyday through their familiarity. They assume new roles through the ever increasing interconnectivity of art, design, craft and objects of mass consumption. Abstracted from the associations enforced by the white walled gallery, ‘Salon’ invites the viewer into questioning the relationship between contemporary art and the home and what it means to live amongst ‘art’. Approaching the subject of domesticity through an exhibition was a natural choice for us, we had previously collaborated on similar projects and had been discussing how art today features in many home and lifestyle guides as an accessory to accent a room. Where we once found shatter cushions, we now find carefully curated paintings and options of affordable art prints. Understandably, art, design and the everyday have always been incredibly interlinked but we wanted to question the different forms and functions art could take upon entering our home and what this meant in terms of how we interact with it. We discovered Home London, a retail show that offers a look at interior furnishings and homewares, they offered us a 2x3 metre booth and we quickly jumped at the chance. We knew that we wanted the layout of our booth to reflect the other retailers so that we didn't obviously stand out as an exhibition, however ours would differ in that it was all made from artworks. David Ben White ( was the first person we contacted, we were drawn to his paintings through their depiction of stylised domestic environments that incorporated the idea of modernist logic meeting a more personal narrative. His work in the show almost acts as a window into another room, opening up ideas about personal and private space and how we define our homes through an interior language. In David’s work it is easy to pick out the symbols of twenty first century design and how they are increasing relevant to todays trends. Similarly, Edward Cotterill’s rug ( ‘Jeteé or Missoni Autumn/Winter 2014 (Yellow, Pale Pink, Silver, Bright Blue)’ directly references the pantone colour palette of this season. Commissioned for ‘Salon’, by the time that the rug is shown the colours will have become obsolete in the fashion world. Therefore the work can be seen to encourage considered consumerism as well directly questioning what it means to live amongst art, the viewer is invited to walk on the rug but the ‘fine art’ principles still apply, it physicality breaks down preconceived ideas about art being unapproachable and inaccessible, creating a dialogue in the space where it is placed.
If Edwards rug seems to be a dramatic focal point, then Josh Berry’s ‘No’ could be seen as the most unassuming piece in the show. However, that is not to say that it is the least provocative, within ‘Salon’ the work directly mimics the recognisable ‘word art’ that has become increasing popular in homes in the last few years. In contrast to labelling rooms with terms such as “Peace” and “Love”, ‘No’s’ boldness in both word choice and material disrupt the calm aura usually created by interior furnishings; creating a statement that is both vocal and surprising. The playful nature of Josh Berry’s work sits alongside Conall McAteers' counterfeit, pixilated Wedgewood plates. Found internet images are blown up onto china and hung on the wall in an attempt to establish a relationship between art, craft and the age of the internet. They question the idea of the multiple as well as taste choices in the way that they are presented.
Frances Hogg’s work ( is intended to challenge the traditional boundaries between abstract painting and design and how something decorative can also be conceived as abstract. By utilising wallpaper Hogg is able to bring a form of painting into the home that questions painting as a commercial product the issues with its inaccessibility to many. Justine Hounam’s furniture plays on the process of deconstructing and casting. The artistic activity of reassembling idea’s perfectly optimises what all the work in the show is trying to achieve, in doing so they combine elements of the commonplace that allows art to slip seamlessly into a home setting to much surprise and delight.
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Spotlight No 2: Enclave
The Workweek Prize rewards the best artist-led or independent curatorial project in the Art Licks Weekend from 3-5 October 2014.
As part of The Art Licks weekend and Deptford X Lucy A Sames has curated ‘Tome, Shrine, Survey-marker, Spare Part’ a group show taking place at the ever-impressive Enclave. 'Lawrence Lek, Heavenly Palace (Black Box), 2014' Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Marker, Spare-Part’ considers sculptural objects as tacit technological devices with the ability to transcend verbal language and cultural referents to communicate across space/time/lifeforms as futuristic standing stones. Taking John McCracken’s minimalist sculptural ‘planks’ and their apocryphal quasi-religious appearance in Stanley Kubrick’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ as a starting point, the exhibition considers the science fiction Monolith (of Kubrick / Arthur C Clarke) as one such transcendent sculptural object. 'Sam Austen, Then I Get an Image, 2012', Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Marker, Spare-Part’ is the second in the series ‘Sci-Fi Paganism’, a programme exploring mythological communications between artists and thinkers with real/imagined extra-terrestrial life forms through their sincere cultural practices of the 1960s/70s counterculture.

Part 1 of Sci-Fi Paganism, The Starseed Transmission took place at Enclave in September 2013 and featured Sovay Berriman, Rowena Harris, Dean Kenning Inês Rebelo and Plastique Fantastique. Preview Sep 26th 6pm til late**, exhibition continues to October 25th.

Art Licks Weekend preview and Sci-Fi Paganism zine launch Oct 2nd 6pm til late Supported by the Arts Council England. Enclave, Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT 0208 694 1644
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