Friday, 16 November 2012
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Private View: Friday 28th September, 6.30 – 8.30pm
(In association with SLAM Fridays)
DRAW/FLEX/DRAW/ examines and reveals all the mechanics of image production which are typically invisible in the final piece. The installation takes over the whole gallery space and is comprised of several parts: two moving image projections, several drawings on acetate, a still on transparent film, and an internal reflection. The installation is self sufficient, providing it’s own light and reconfiguring its own making for the viewer to immerse themselves within.
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Anastasia Shin: Against the Plane
21 June 2012 - 23 July 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW: EXHIBIT B
25 May 2012 - 23 June 2012
Gallery open: Wednesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
EXHIBIT B takes inspiration from anthropologist Michael Taussig’s work on shamanism - interpreting it to look at art and a relationship with material, magic and ritual. Artists evoke a sense of slippage - the wild infiltrating the urban, through the symbols and scenes in their practices: the multi-sensual, the dream, the wild, the relic, the ritual.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Friday 13 April - Saturday 12 May 2012
Gallery open: Wednesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW is a platform of four exhibitions drawing together some of the most innovative and exciting artistic talent in the UK exclusively throughout 2012. Taking its name from Robert Wise’s classic 1959 Film Noir, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW is curated by Julia Alvarez and Katherine Hawker who assume the role of detectives. Alvarez and Hawker unveil underground artists and arrange them into artists gangs, by identifying trends and talent for 2012 and tomorrow, compiling a snapshot artists anthology.
BEARSPACE presents EXHIBIT A, the first installment of the ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW series, introducing artists Rebecca Ackroyd, Thomas Adam, Talar Aghbashian, Dermott Punnet, Jayne A Smith and Gabo Guzzo.
‘I’m just going outside & I may be some time’ were the fateful last words spoken by Captain Lawrence Oates, who perished during the Terra Nova Arctic Expedition to collect Emperor Penguin eggs of 1910–1913. Dubbed the ‘Worst Journey In The World’, the party of six Englishmen were stranded for 21 months as ships could not reach them, and forced them to shelter from the brutal Antarctic winter in a cave dug into the snow.
EXHIBIT A takes this phrase as a jumping point - artists imagine desolate landscapes, isolation, and futuristic visions after the apocalypse through their individual practices.
Dermott Punnet and Jayne A Smith paint lush, neo-modernist scenes which span between the utopic and distopic, while Talar Aghbashian’s sci-fi inspired paintings com found imagery with painterly intimacy spanning optimism and pessimism.
Rebecca Ackroyd and Thomas Adam utilise graphite and traditional drawing skills to enact the suspense and terror of the last living man, and Gabo Guzzo’s sound piece sets a score to the scene: the quiet murmur of an abandoned vista.
Full artist biographies and statements available at www.bearspace.co.uk
EXHIBIT A is selected and curated by BEARSPACE as part of
the ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW series.
Friday, 24 February 2012
WANDERLUST: Reginald S Aloysius & Jane Ward
New work by
Reginald S. Aloysius & Jane Ward
Friday 2nd March - 31st March 2012
Private View: Friday 2nd March, 6.30-8.30pm
Gallery open: Wednesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm
BEARSPACE is pleased to present Wanderlust: the new work of Reginald Aloysius and Jane Ward, after the success of their work in Brave New World at London Art Fair 2012. Aloysius and Ward take us on a journey through vast, imagined landscapes in digital print (Ward) and graphite drawing (Aloysius), combining intricate technical skill in their respective mediums with conceptual and aesthetic inventiveness.
‘You get lost out of a desire to be lost. But in the place called lost strange things are found...’
- Rebecca Solnit
Travel is inherent to the practice of both Aloysius and Ward, to whom traveling provides an infinite resource to be drawn upon in their London studios. Wanderlust[early 20th c. German: a strong desire to travel] showcases travel as creative endeavor in the strikingly different and similarly provocative results of both artists’ far flung fieldwork.
Aloysius’ preoccupation with travel stems from his Tamal routes, notions of transnationality and the loss of tradition in multinational communities. This is enforced through his meticulous graphite pieces, fearlessly etched into. Aloysius completed his MA at Kingston University and has since been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, and continues to exhibit widely internationally.
Ward’s dreamlike pieces are borne of her process of layering digital prints, then carefully removing the top ink to reveal under layers. Ward has amassed a huge image library, juxtaposing places and scenes in her work, enacting processes of remembering and forgetting. Ward completed her MA at the RCA and has since been awarded the Terence Conran Foundation Award and the Tim Mara Prize, and has exhibited widely.
Both Aloysius and Ward live and work in London.
Friday, 27 January 2012
Both Torrance and Ridyard show new work: large scale figurative drawings inspired by synchronised swimming formations by Torrance on graph paper, and deeply intricate knarled tree roots and natural phenomenon drawn and mounted by Ridyard.
FORM vs FORM triumphs drawing as a revelatory and relatable medium, exposing the tension between the organic and the highly controlled aspects of contemporary society. Torrance and Ridyard create a paired down and clean aesthetic, instigating a rebirth for drawing in an image and media heavy world.
Drawing is used to tackle questions of heterogeneity and connectivity in a diverse world where plants and even people can be ‘reduced to a pattern’ (Torrance). Deleuze and Guattari write in A Thousand Platteaus, ‘Make a map, not a tracing...what distinguishes the map from the tracing is that it is entirely oriented toward an experimentation in contact with the real’ (D&G, 1987). It is in this way that both artists engage with their subjects, not through mimicry but by constructing specific viewing experiences of real situations and phenomenon.
Torrance’s work examines how society puts ideologies into action which influence and determine the independence of individuals. Torrance uses the way that large corporations see individuals as data and demographics to transform groups of people into choreographed formations, highlighting the current social landscape. Torrance is a previous prize winner of the Teddy Smith National Art Competition, has been featured by Dazed and Confused, has been exhibited in Hung, Drawn and Altered curated by Baylors & Diamond and has been awarded the Commissions East Grant for intervention projects.
Ridyard’s practice explores what constitutes the natural and the manmade, creating drawings which challenge our existing encounters with landscapes. Ridyard seeks out specific sights such as exposed roots and work from photographs constructing pieces which simultaneously allow and obscure the viewers’s perception, demonstrating an inability to fully comprehend our surroundings. Ridyard has shown work in a number of group exhibitions in London, at The London Art Fair and Affordable Art Fair, and has undertaken several research trips throughout Europe and America.
Both artists recently completed their MA at Wimbledon College of Art and live and work in London.
BEARSPACE is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm.