The third in our ongoing series of TEN shows opens at Cultivate, Vyner Street on Thursday the 24th October… Here’s a taste of the artists you’ll find occupying our walls, plinths and such this time around…
JOANNA GEORGIADES is a London-based artist working in portraiture and landscape, she uses gestural and kinetic marks to build a conversation between the brush and the drip creating form from action. Canvases from her studio are reused, she leaves evidence of her previous paintings to build relationships between the planes, with the areas of built up paint being used to define and intimate presence. These elusive forms are worked into ghostly disembodied apparitions that linger between the marks of the paint. These presences are emotively painted with nostalgic allusions and represent influences on her work from music, writing and popular culture.
NIKKI RILEY returns to Cultivate once more with her graphic stylization and her crisp pop art colour. “I have started to take the idea of discarded objects as a still life more into a 3D form. Last seen at Cultivate at the end of last year, Nikki has some new visual experiments she wishes to share. We await the opening night with interest….
EDIE JO MURRAY is an artist born in London and currently based in Reading, her work last appeared at Cultivate as part of this summer’s Pink show . “Murray produces works in a variety of media, though most significantly working with digital art and sculpture. She cites influences from a wide range of artists, with particular emphasis on digital and new media artists such as Ed Atkins and Rafaël Rozendaal, and sculptural/installation artists such as Helen Marten and Anthea Hamilton.
The majority of her art is derived from personal experience, giving rise to an autobiographical element. She particularly draws inspiration from her experiences as an artist living with bipolar disorder, and the theme of mental health appears frequently within her work. Alongside this, the artist employs experimentation with materials and techniques in a playful manner that is evident in both her work with digital imagery and the unusual sculptural forms she produces. Murray also has a keen interest in the internet and internet art, and frequently explores her position as a digital native, as well as the link between her experiences with mental ill health and her relationship with the internet”.
4: MIA-JANE HARRIS – Artist, taxidermist, curio collector, she talks of “art delving into the curious, fascinatingly odd, morbidly beautiful, and mutatedly unique”. Mia-Jane has appeared in a number of (the darker) group shows at Cultivate on the last year
5: MADELEINE STRINDBERG – has spent most of her artistic life working in London. A multi award winning artist, the one time National Gallery artist in residence has exhibited in major shows all over the world. Madeleine has exhibited regularly at Cultivate over the last two years, including the Red show, the Primaries show and, well far too many to mention really, her contemporary style delights, amuses, confuses, thrills, questions, answers, it has been a delight to spend two years in the company of her bold brush strokes and her beautiful mind….
6: TIM GOFFE paints the urban/industrial environment with the perceptive eye of a photographer and the painterly style of an artist that enjoys translating those everyday fleeting moments onto the painted canvas.
“I don’t ever set out to paint photograph or draw a particular subject. My sketchbook and camera are always at hand. I like to record everything. A drawing might stay in a sketch book or a photo on a computer but other times it will develop into a painting, photo or sometimes a movie. Themes appear, and ideas develop inspired by a reoccurring influence. I look for beauty in the ugly and meaning in the banal. To answer the question “what does your work mean?” I might have to reply “I don’t know yet.” The process of making images is the process of discovery. In truth it’s all an instinctive response to the many things I find interesting. On an up-beat day building sites and cement works can represent birth or rebirth, phoenix from the rubble, a counterpoint to our mortality. But on a bad day it can symbolise the unsustainable growth we have unleashed on our planet. The building industry has come to represent the dichotomy of making a better environment for ourselves and at the same time destroying the natural world. Luckily however, global environmental disaster is not the first thing on my mind as I pick up my sketchbook and camera and head out for the day. I am visually led and very nosey..”
7: GABE SCELTA is a newcomer to Cultivate, the London-based artist, originally from Boston MA, over there in the USA, says “Found objects are inspiring to me because they have a history of their own. A nail through a scrap of wood or rust on old wire gives the viewer a hint that the object has a life span much like ours—with a past, present and future. There was a time when my canvases were door slats or shingles, and there will be a time when they will cease to be anything at all, but for right now, in this moment, they communicate a unique space and feeling. In the forms captured on each piece I try to convey fleeting moments—a quiet urban moment or the bridge at dusk. Each has a past and a history that is different from the moment captured, but there is only the present to explain to the viewer where it all fits.
Many found objects show me what choices to make next. Wood and salvaged materials have an organic life of their own in how it is used and then distressed over time. Many of the pieces in this collection were salvaged from a Williamsburg tenement renovation and feature their local landscapes. I try to leave the objects in the same physical form as they were found, with nails, chips and holes unaltered so they can lend some direction to the content of the final piece.
When rendering a subject, I look at form in an analytical way, breaking it down first to simple shapes and colours. When looking at compositions, I look for the space between things, framing in ways that are unexpected, creating images that are always new and yet strangely familiar.
8: JEAN-LUC ALMOND – London based painter Jean Luc Almond is showing at Cultivate for the first time, his very painterly work focuses on “creating a presence and exploring the figural in painting”
9: GARETH MORGAN will follow his well received solo show at Cultivate by showing some pieces in this third Ten show
10: SEAN WORRALL has spent the last two years Cultivating in a gallery on a corner in Vyner Street and introducing new artists, he swears it will not be three years.