Physicists cannot see Black Holes and Dark Matter; yet their theories and experiments show that these phenomena underpin and can destroy our physical world of Time and Space.
I am intrigued by the scientists use of language that seems more poetic than rational and have made this series of paintings where Black Discs interrupt and organise the pictorial space in a personal narrative about the idea of Social Landscape.
13 - 18 November
159 Bethnal Green Road,
Tue - Sat 1-7pm Sun 1-5pm
15th of November from 6-10pm
Arts and Crafts Pop Up Show:
Jehan E. Haddad
Anja von Kalinowski
Jairo Zaldua & Nicola Green
Time Warp is a phrase often associated with science fiction and theoretical
physics but can be understood in many other ways. In this exhibition the artists
push imaginative and metaphorical boundaries concerning the twisting and
distortion of time and space.
The figure has always been central to my painting, the process often begins with observational drawings of people, figures invented or remembered; body language creating connections between figures. Story and narrative can be the starting point, where a random event experienced while drawing on location guides the development of the image on the canvas.
Drawing is the key pathway into a subject, drawing the human figure, arranging groups of figures in a composition allows new subject matters to emerge out of the process of picture making.
Figure drawings in the studio are made in a meditative state of mind, drawing functions like a 'playback mode', particular people and actions come out of memory onto the page.
This is a top down and bottom up approach, collections of individual figures develop into crowds suggestive of themes and events, concurrently cityscape backdrop drawings made on location in East London, complete the structuring process of narrative.
Good and Bad Government
Good and Bad Government
An exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures
Andrea McLean | Victoria Rance
Frank Creber | Michael Johnson |Timothy Hyman RA
Saturday 7 April to Sunday 22 April 2018
Thames-Side Studios Gallery
SE18 5NR, UK
Open Thursday to Sunday 12-5pm and by appointment
Private View Friday 6th April 2018 6.00 - 8.30pm
The title of the exhibition 'Good and Bad Government' refers to the Ambrogio Lorenzetti mural painted in 1347-49 in Siena. Lorenzetti's task was unprecedented, for the local council called upon him to paint allegorical depictions of good and bad government and to represent the effects such regimes would have in the town and the country.
The result is the first panoramic city/countryscape since antiquity, and the first expansive portrait that we have of an actual city and landscape. Lorenzetti fused the topographical, the symbolic and transcendent in his vision. These frescoes embrace the city and the wider country and the links between them, the vitality and humanity but also the huge social problems faced. The murals are a touchstone for this collaborative project which is co-curated by the artists who have visited Siena to ignite direct emotional engagement with the frescoes.
Artists Andrea McLean, Victoria Rance, Michael Johnson, Timothy Hyman and Frank Creber have spent many happy hours, working alongside their communities, at the bottom of the telescope looking upwards at the machinery of government. Their diverse works tell a story about how the messy detail of a citizens lives are inextricably linked to the broader narrative of history, politics and belief systems. The show features images of the built environment and our complex engagement with nature. The artists, who will make new work for this exhibition, share an affinity with each other’s work, and have a connection based on a deep commitment to observe and narrate personal chronicles about the social and physical landscape of their neighbourhoods.
21st April 2-4pm Finissage event with artist talks and discussions on the theme Good and Bad Government.
Transport: by road and rail or by using river services to Thames Barrier from Westminster.
For appointments to visit please contact: Phil Ashcroft 0208 8301 8844
"Good government syncs with communities, however communities sink with bad government."
Frank Creber gained a BA Hons in Fine Art at University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1981 and an MA in Painting at Chelsea College of Art 1987.
He has collected a number of awards: Herbert Read Fellowship at Chelsea, Barclays Bank Young Painters Award and the Picker Fellowship at Kingston. He is Artist in Residence at the celebrated Bromley by Bow Centre. As one of the founding artists arriving in 1985 he has spent the last thirty years developing Community Arts programmes, and making paintings that focus on local community life.
"My work is informed by many topographical cityscape drawings made on location in East London; figure drawings made from observation and memory feed into the narrative process that is part of an unfolding personal visual chronicle, about the new emerging East London, both physical and social. As an artist with thirty years experience of working with community groups in East London, I am committed to making works that explore a deeply urban affair between a new world created in the pursuit of progress and modernity and the community that it is setting out to serve. The Thames and Waterways of London have been at the heart of Community Life, have driven the economy in the area for hundreds of years and today are emblematic of what it means to be a Londoner ."
"Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s inclusive, uncentred, fluid space is a truly libertarian idiom, and with it he is able to create a microcosm whose imaginative scope has never been surpassed."
Timothy Hyman studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1963-1967). He has exhibited widely in the UK, Italy and India and won the National Portrait Gallery Travel Award in 2007. He is a figurative painter, writer, curator and lecturer. A recognised authority on Sienese painting and the work of Pierre Bonnard, he has published acclaimed monographs on both subjects. Hyman is a portraitist, but is probably best known for his narrative renditions of London in which he explores his personal relationship, both real and mythological, with the city where he lives and works. He employs vivid colours, shifting scale and perspectives, to create visionary works.
"The panorama has often been seen as a problematic viewpoint; it gives us a kind of omniscience, but also holds us at a distance. Ambrogio’s pre-perspectival space is able to resolve this dilemma. In a manner that might seem almost magical, we are both above and inside the city; we see everything, yet we are able to participate and move freely about. Near and far can be simultaneously present; at a single glance, we take in the lecturer in the city classroom together with a glimpse of the sea thirty miles beyond. We recognise a kind of seeing truer to our imaginative experience of space (confirmed in reverie and dream) than single-point perspective can ever be."
"I draw in order to connect with the world around me"
Michael Johnson gained a first in Fine Art at Reading University and was awarded a postgraduate scholarship at the Byam Shaw School of Art. He has exhibited widely in solo and group shows including the Threadneedle Prize, the Marmite prize, Lynn Painter Stainers, and the RA Summer Exhibition and was shortlisted for the Ruskin Prize. He has work in the Museum of London and in collections around the world.
"I draw in order to connect with the world around me, in the hope of transmitting feeling, atmosphere and humanity; out of joy, but also ambition: the dream of encompassing a range of emotions and experience. I 'scribble' a great deal too; random marks on scraps of paper which may become something or not. I've learned not to be too hard on the results. A 'good' painting often results from a 'bad' drawing."
"My Streets are my Ideas of Imagination...My Houses are Thoughts; My Inhabitants Affections, The children of my thoughts walking within my blood vessels..." William Blake
Andrea McLean studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Art and lives and works in Ledbury, Herefordshire. After art college Andrea spent a year living in Italy with a British School at Rome Abbey Scholarship. She has a circular painting 'A Contemporary Mappa Mundi' in the British Library collection where it is displayed near the entrance to The Map Room. She has recently exhibited in Hereford Cathedral's 'Mapping Inspirations' Exhibition and The Royal Academy of Arts ' exhibition 'At the Edge of Printing'.
"At the Slade I learned about Ambrogio Lorenzetti's beautiful Palazzo Pubblico frescos at a slide talk on Sienese painting. The well-governed city panoramic image and Siena itself seemed dreamlike and almost magical. I travelled to Siena to find the calm and reflective nature of the countryside and the timeless activity of the city. Both have their ongoing memory. Siena felt like a dream-place realised. In the paintings and etchings being created for this exhibition I focus on the allegory of 'Concordance'. The idea is to map how these special connecting lines could work to enable tranquillity and peace."
"The Trickster has taken centre stage in contemporary politics, and we seem fascinated and transfixed, unable to restore sense and re-assert liberal values."
Sculptor and film maker Victoria Rance graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 1983 and an MA in Art and Space from Kingston University in 2009. She has been based at APT Studios in Deptford since 1996. She was awarded The Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture in 2003 and a Deptford X Award for her film I Wish in 2014. She has shown widely nationally and internationally, particularly, over several years in Istanbul.
"My most recent series of work 'The Night Horse and The Holy Baboon' relates to the appearance of The Trickster in contemporary politics and the ensuing sense of a darkening shadow over liberal values. For this exhibition I will be making a large sculptural installation, an allegorical tableaux called The Apology featuring hyenas, a monkey and a penguin trying to establish their hierarchical relationships."
During 2018 Frank has been working towards a number of exhibitions taking place in the Autumn 2018 and in 2019. Continuing on from the ‘Good and Bad Government’ theme, each painting is based on as many as ten separate drawings made on location, including portrait and figure drawings made from observation and memory.
I have worked closely with Social Entrepreneurs at Bromley by Bow Centre and more recently with the Water City CIC team, their vision and friendship have influenced my whole way of working. When I go out and draw on location in East London, I am aware of the social landscape, some of the local history, the challenges and possibilities in this rapidly changing part of London.
Before working on canvas there are usually a number of steps that lead from initial studies and drawings to arriving at definitive compositions. For some time I have been using a method of combining the images in digital form and collaging them together to create colour compositions. These compositions are available as digital prints, please contact me for more information.
Over a three year period 2005 to 2008 the paintings featured the image of scaffolding supporting a precarious set of figures making up a narrative of community life, floating over the turmoil of the cityscape below. In East London it is commonplace to look down on our neighbourhood from apartments up in the air, offering a view of a changing cityscape, shaped by place making regeneration agencies.
I have made hundreds of drawings on various location in East London, on street corners, inside shops, looking down at the city from tall office buildings; in all these spaces I am aware that the place we live and work in has a profound effect on who we are.
Observational drawings of the cityscape often take between an hour and three hours to complete, depending on the complexity of detail, and structure of the image.
Back in the studio the next day I begin to translate drawing into painting, improvising with the image, negotiating the drawing into the pictorial space of the canvas, guided by the bank of emotional memory from being in the place.
A series of new paintings in 2017, all are approximately 190 x 190 cm acrylic on canvas.
I have been working as an artist at Bromley by Bow Centre for thirty years, the insights I have gained from developing projects with the community informs all my work.
I have 15 years and 4,000 miles of sailing experience in various European waters. The sea is a kind of desert, night sailing with no land in sight is an unforgettable experience, arriving on a previously unvisited shore by boat is a revelation.
I have occasionally made drawings out at sea and paintings about the sea from memories of extreme sea conditions resulting from heavy weather.
The waterways of East London have been a key theme of my work over the last 10 years.
“There is a seven mile network of rivers, canals and docks in East London’s Lower Lea Valley stretching from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks, Greenwich Peninsular and Canary Wharf. These waterways comprise parts of Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich and have the potential to become an inspiring location in which to live and do business – a new neighbourhood in London – Water City.” http://www.water-city.com/about/
Since 2005 I have been making paintings and drawings documenting the changing Physical and Social Landscape of the new emerging East London, working closely as Artist in Residence and Artistic Director for Water City CIC.
The Etchings are printed on Hahnemuhle paper, approximatley 35 x 25 cm.