Francesca Lowe’s new paintings, from the series titled ‘Flush’ have just been installed at
The House of St, Barnabas, 1, Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ 0207-437-1894
for opening hours: www.hosb.org.uk or call Riflemaker: 07794-629-188
FRANCESCA LOWE: ‘Flower Paintings’ (2014)
This new series of paintings by London-born Francesca Lowe developed through the artist thinking about the term “still life” – the words “still” and “life” and the polarity between them. The paintings explore ways to infect stillness with life and life with stillness.
Visually, a ‘cut’ bloom, a ‘still’ photograph, a floral ‘motif’ (quiet, truncated elements) and applied layers of pattern operating at different physical depths within each painting, create visual oscillations. Some aspects of the images and patterns are familiar (sampled from Op art, wallpaper, clip art, curtains; ‘pop culture’ references). This familiarity lends itself to the very idea of stillness, perhaps due to its relation to known-ness. The loop of ‘known-ness’ or ‘what we are used to’ disrupted, turned unfamiliar and then lost is what Lowe appears to be interested in depicting as it echoes the ebb and flow of “life” itself.
EOA Projects is proud to present its first in a series of annual exhibitions dedicated to international fine art printmaking and collage. EDITION #1 brings together over 100 significant works on paper by 35 artists from Europe, America and the Middle East in a border-crossing show hosted at Edge of Arabia’s London Gallery.
SAMA ALSHAIBI, AHMAD ANGAWI, BANKSY, HUDA BEYDOUN, PETER BLAKE, IAN CHAMBERLAIN, MAT COLLISHAW, 3D, SAFWAN DAHOUL, RON ENGLISH, BRAD FAINE, ABDULNASSER GHAREM, SUNDUS ABDUL HADI, DAMIEN HIRST, INVADER, ANISH KAPOOR, YAZAN KHALILI, ROBERT LONGO, FRANCESCA LOWE, AHMED MATER, ANTONY MICALLEF, ATHIER, MARC QUINN, SAEED SALEM, FAISAL SAMRA, JENINE AL SHARABI, JUSTINE SMITH, STORM THORGESON, TODD JAMES, TRUSTOCORP, SHAWEESH, MICHAEL MULLER & SAGE VAUGN, JONATHAN YEO
Ayyam Gallery / CCA Galleries / Dark Matter / EOA.Projects / The Outsiders / Paul Stolper / Riflemaker / Weng Contemporary
Exhibition Runs: 12 December 2013 – 8 February 2014
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New Sensations is a prize which aims to discover and support the UK’s most exciting graduates.
The Future Can Wait is an annual exhibition of emerging and established artists run byZavier Ellis and Simon Rumley.
Both annual exhibitions are celebrating their 5th anniversaries this year.
Monday 10 October 2011, 6.30 – 9.30pm
B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1
THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small
Curated by Zavier Ellis, Edward Lucie-Smith, Max Presneill & Simon Rumley
Curatorial Assistants: Jolanda Chandler & Chelsea Garner
Saturday May 28th
May 29th – June 25th 2011
Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Centre Drive, Torrance, CA 90503, USAwww.torranceartmuseum.com
Tuesday – Saturday 11am-5pm
The Torrance Art Museum is proud to announce a monumental exhibition of new British art for Los Angeles BritWeek 2011, organised in association with The Future Can Wait and Edward Lucie-Smith.
Based on the idea that small, today, is often much better than big, this exhibition will be a groundbreaking show of almost 100 British or British based artists. All working on paper and none bigger than A3 in size, it invites viewers to engage with art intimately, and at the same time offers the American public a sweeping overview of the exciting new artistic developments now taking place in Britain.
It will almost certainly be the largest display, in terms both of the number of artists, and also in terms of stylistic variety, of new British and British-based art ever seen in California. This exhibition reflects the do it yourself attitude of the curators, standing against bureaucracy and top down institutionalism, and demonstrates how young artists and committed curators can mount major events in straightened times.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Monica Ursina Jäger
Chris Jones & Vicky Wright
Claire de Jong
Alex Gene Morrison
Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich
The Future Can Wait was launched in 2007 by Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley. Conceived to provide a platform for emerging artists of the highest standard, The Future Can Wait has taken place each year during London’s Frieze week in industrial or historical locations of note. To date the project has focused on London based or educated artists working in all mediums including Gordon Cheung, Alexander Hoda, Sam Jackson, Monica Ursina Jäger, Jasper Joffe, Gavin Nolan, John Stark and Stella Vine and has led to gallery shows in Berlin, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome. The exhibition is privately funded and as a museum scale curated exhibition provides an important and independent alternative to the art fair routine.
Zavier Ellis is the Director of the Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH london. He is also co-founder of the museum scale show for emerging artists The Future Can Wait and has curated exhibitions internationally including in Berlin, Helsinki, Klaipeda, LA, Naples, Rome and London. Known as an acute talent spotter he has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists from Art College including David Blandy, Oliver Clegg, Tessa Farmer, Sam Jackson, Monica Ursina Jäger, Annie Kevans, Nika Neelova and Douglas White. Zavier is also a practicing artist and has most recently exhibited at Paul Stolper Gallery in London and Museum der Moderne in Salzburg.
www.zavierellis.com | www.charliesmithlondon.com
Edward Lucie-Smith is an internationally known art critic and historian who is also a curator, a published poet, an anthologist and a practicing photographer. He has published more than one hundred books in all, chiefly but not exclusively about contemporary art. Edward is generally regarded as the most prolific and the most widely published writer on art in the UK. A number of his art books, among them Movements in Art since 1945; Visual Arts of the 20th Century; A Dictionary of Art Terms and Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the world.
Max Presneill is a Los Angeles based artist and curator, originally from London, UK. He was the Founder and former Director of the artists initiative space Raid Projects and Director of the Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica from 2005-2008. Currently he is Head Curator for Torrance Art Museum as well as Director of ARTRA Curatorial, an independent curatorial projects management team. He has extensive experience internationally as a curator having organized exhibitions for museums, institutions and galleries in the US and UK, Australia, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey and more. Max is known as an international talent spotter and an authority on emerging art in Los Angeles. He is also part of the international movement of curators concerned with overseeing museums becoming more artist-centric. As an artist Max has shown throughout the world including Amsterdam, Istanbul, London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo and is represented by Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, and the Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills.
www.artrala.org | www.raidprojects.wordpress.com
Simon Rumley founded the auspicious New London Kicks in 2005. An annual exhibition sponsored by The Armory Show, New London Kicks promoted British contemporary and emerging artists in New York in collaboration with Soho House NY and Wooster Projects. As well as showing breaking talent such as Tessa Farmer, Gordon Cheung and Stella Vine, Rumley was first to exhibit Katy Moran’s work in New York before she was signed by Stuart Shave/Modern Art and Andrea Rosen. More recently Simon has co-founded The Future Can Wait and co-curated shows globally. Simon has also produced, written and directed six feature films including Strong Language, The Truth Game and Club Le Monde & The Living and The Dead. His most recent film, Red White & Blue, is released in the USA by IFC films and will be coming out theatrically in the UK via Trinity X in September.
Headland: Woman in a Landscape
A modern reinterpretation of the ancient Three Graces myth is the subject of the upcoming exhibition by artist Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker, from 23 May 2011.
Headland: Woman in a Landscape consists of five large-scale heads, five symbol-laden tree paintings, and a group of ‘tree-cuts’ which invite the viewer to indulge in a game of symbolic decoding, to reveal a woman’s journey through the complex landscape of today.
In mythology the Three Graces are goddesses of unearthly attraction, beauty, and charm; men wanted them and women wanted to be them. Throughout art history women have been painted from the male perspective and are usually depicted as being aware of the male spectator. Lowe’s Graces flout this tradition. The viewer is surrounded by the dramatic, large-scale canvases, executed in Lowe’s distinctive pastel with fresco-like washes. This is an arena of intimidation, spectatorship and judgment, the domain of a coven-like ménage of five women.
Each figurehead’s thoughts are literally worn as lavish head garments or accessories, posing the question – what would happen if our thoughts were visible? Aircraft, ammunition, and other war imagery are entwined in their headgear, a reference to the masculine power symbols that have been absorbed into female identity. Turbines, propellers and water-wheels recur in the imagery, alluding to the driving cycle of life.
The bold compositional dynamics of the Graces work in contrast to the slow burn of the artist’s paintings, keeping the eye and mind in an almost constant state of flux.
Lowe’s Tree canvases – Grace, Abundance and Inertia – return to Lowe’s interest in the Tree of Life. Grace spans the metaphorical paths that guide a woman’s life journey. Each branch, named after a painting in the series, presents symbolic choices, their connotations and consequences. The result is a map of images and symbols which flow from place to place. Abundance with its cortex-like appearance, forms branches that hold positive and progressive thoughts, leading to a sense of well-being and security. In contrast, Inertia mirrors the shape of the ominous Spade playing card, referencing the dysfunctional drives that can lead one to mental stagnation.
Upstairs at Riflemkaer are Lowe’s intricate Tree-Cuts. Created by cutting into a complete, already-published book, the Cuts explore ideas of personal geography and self-improvement, by returning the paper to its original form.
Headland is curated by Virginia Damtsa
Showing: Monday 23 May – Saturday 2 July 2011
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm
Riflemaker 79 Beak Street, London W1
Telephone: 020 7439 0000
Riflemaker is co-directed by Virginia Damtsa & Tot Taylor.