Stable States – a show of art in flux

Opening night: Thursday 16th February,18:00-21.00
then open from Friday 17th – Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Six contemporary artists. A diversity of disciplines. A  range of media. Taking place at Cultivate, Vyner  Street,an artist run gallery built on a diy collective framework that evolves and revolves around the local art scene, Stable States is an exciting arrangement of deviating and differential pieces of work. A mix of drawing, sculpture, architecture, engraving and print, this is a genre defying exhibition.

Yasmina Chami’s work is inspiring not solely from an artistic point of view, but for the face of hope it shows to the world. An architect whose work with war damaged buildings from her native Lebanon, she attempts to reconstruct new uses for them by erecting transformative temporary structures. For Stable States she has designed a circus out of the ruins of the countries past. There’s a moral in there.

Very much of its time is the cultural critique of Sadie Hennessey, English eccentricies and absurdities. Working with objects rooted in Blighty’s cultural framework she creates a feeling of both familiarity and disorientation as she explores ‘faux nostalgia’ – the dreams and lure of a time that simply never existed.

Very much en vogue is the practice of removing crafts and arts from their silos and blurring the lines between disciplines, and Elaine Johnson does this to great effect with her fabric and thread installations which loop in drawing and crafting. A detailed, labour intensive and somewhat labour intensive working process borders on that of the traditional fabric industry, but the introduction of human hair and audience perception ensures things are kept suitably challenging.

I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the work of Anna Howard whose simple and sparse drawings of friends and family immersed in activity, cafe scenes and daily life are executed in the rather underappreciated medium of black and blue biro pens. Like holiday snaps executed via a camera of ink, these snapshots of reality are remarkable in their humility.

Quite frankly, Mark Rose sounds a little odd. A fascination with fractal patterns and the relationship between the macro and micro structures that underpin the world has resulted n “Tinnitus Tetrahedron”, an idealized mathematical form that has been remade using cotton buds which he has obsessively accumulated over several years through a ritualized daily routine.

As avid readers you will of course already be familiar with Ben Gooding, whom I had a chat with back in December. Swathes of meticulously engraved lines build up on aluminium sheets to create pieces which to oscillate between two and three dimensional, the consciously habitual and the essential psyche, the industrial and the homespun. Being able to move around the gallery and see multiple images as the distance between oneself and the painting and the depth of light varies will be one of the highlights of the exhibition.

Currently unable to decipher any discernable theme, it is this promise of such variety which will lure me over the East side come February.

Published by Francesca Baker

Passionate about music, the world, exploring, literature and smiling. Writing, marketing and events for all my favourite things.

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