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Ward Magazine / Issue 5 : feature

03/01/10

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How To Carve Totem Poles / Limited Edition Silkscreen Print

02/01/10

Supralimen + Alex Sprogis (2011),
57 x 57 cm.

1 Colour Silkscreen Print with Totem Pole Sawdust,
edition of 12 (+3 APs).

Commissioned for How to Carve Totem Poles at Arcadia_Missa March 2011

£100 (unframed).
Signed by artists.

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How To Carve Totem Poles / 25.03.11 – 14.04.11

02/01/10

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ARCADIA MISSA / SUPRALIMEN / ALEX SPROGIS

PRESENT

HOW TO CARVE TOTEM POLES

25.03.11 – 14.04.11  |  11-6 PM  |  Private View 25.03.11 | 6 – 9 PM

Arcadia Missa Gallery is presenting a show by collaborative group Supralimen and architect Alex Sprogis; How to Carve Totem Poles from 26th of March – 14th April 2011 (private view 25th March, coinciding with South London Art Map’s ‘Last Fridays’ event).

This project will draw on, amongst other things, the work of the Supralimen curatorial blog (http://supralimen.com) and Arcadia Missa’s current exhibition programme, which examines the object-centric experience of the virtual form.

Supralimen and Alex Sprogis will be constructing a totem like structure from a series of modules stacked on top of one another that will act as a back bone for the curated works and as a specific reference to the vertical narrative of totemism and blogging; allowing us to understand and re-address these continued symbolic relations to objects and production in our contemporary situation.

The show aims to explore the physicality and prosthetic manipulation that occurs within the standardised forms available in online space. The project will link this method of communication to creative processes, the historical importance of linear narrative, in this case a vertical, and the ever presence of totemism, animism and symbolism that frames our interaction with the physical world.

This project will exist in part as an extension of the Supralimen blog and curatorial programme  but will allow everyone participating to make sense of contemporary relations to art forms in terms of what at first seems to consist of abstract historical meanings, practices, and systems, for example the archaic American Indian practice of totem carving.

Arcadia Missa Gallery seeks to experiment with, and present questions to, the socio-political role of visual culture. Focusing on investigatory practices, the gallery will encourage critique and conversation between the ‘viewer’ and their relationship to social and cultural forms.

“We want to create and continue a space that reflects and gives definition to our experience of contemporary culture, where we can at the same time work through and be aware of how we attempt to keep this project responsive and vital in this context.”

Supralimen is a virtual curatorial space that organises and connects disparate visual research. Every two weeks ten images are collated under a term that brackets an examination of image and process in cultural forms. Images are followed by a short description that links the group, acting together as a possible analogy for known visual phenomena.

Alex Sprogis is a graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture and lives in London. He is currently working at Pippa Nissen Studio, a young architecture practice based in Hackney.

ARCADIA MISSA GALLERY            www.arcadiamissa.com

UNIT 6 BELLENDEN ROAD              www.supralimen.com

PECKHAM                                           www.alexsprogis.com

SE15 4RF

Alternate Versions Alternate / 19.08.10 – 25.08.10

01/01/10


BORSTAL / SUPRALIMEN

PRESENT

ALTERNATE VERSIONS ALTERNATE

Version Two: Some men interpret nine memos

Jess Blackstone | Alexander Ingham Brooke | Janina Lange | Naimh O’Doherty | StrangMacfarlane

19/08/10 – 25/08/10  | 12 – 5 PM  |  Private View 19/08/10 | 6 – 9.30 PM

Borstal Space and Supralimen are proud to present two versions of Alternate Versions Alternate; a group show of works exploring the reciprocation between presence, remnants and experience.

For artists working in our hyper-mediated context, cultural forms can no longer be simply scrutinized by the artwork since abstraction and representation now have little difference to ‘reality’. Instead, the artists adopt existing forms and, through their production, distort what we would expect from the artwork and the object of recognition.

The works presented here freely circulate between the often-contradictory experience of interaction and remembrance. A myriad of inputs result in a homogenous negotiation and dissemination of material form and experience in multiple contexts.

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Employing the language of retail, industry and post-minimalist art, Jess Blackstone’s work 1000pcs x 100mm cubes (+/- 20mm tolerance) (2010) invites viewers to take away for free objects that are unwieldy and of questionable value. Playing on social and economic mechanisms her work draws attention to ascription of value and the possibility and impossibility of choice within a market-driven world.

 

Alexander Ingham Brooke’s art-documentary practice focuses on obscure practices, organizations and groupings of contemporary society that continue to exist through the peculiarity of objects or places. In 1997 2007 (2010) the investigation focuses on the Heaven’s Gate cult: in spite of their passing from this world, symbolic beliefs are reactivated and continue to exist through specific inanimate objects, media coverage and this work.

Janina Lange explores the direct physical, visual and social relationship between herself as performer, the object, and audience interaction. While sheltered inside the sculpture Peter (2010), the viewer becomes performer activating a field of tension between self-awareness in space and immersion in the video. In a dialogue between viewer and site, the wooden structure implies narratives that unfold from experience, production, and recognition.

Naimh O’Doherty’s practice captures a version of reality, re-configuring it so that it is still recognizable but implies new questions of public and private experience. Describing an absence, Passing (2010) stops at 9.15 for a minute, then catches up with the correct time: it is not important that everyone sees it, the work exists as much in the story as the physical event.

StrangMacfarlane’s work StrangMacfarlane (2010) explores and exploits the intricacies of the relationship between viewer and artwork.  Their works play on gallery etiquette and values that the viewer – as a conscious body – attaches to the artwork and artist. Exploiting the difficulties of a saturated art landscape StrangMacfarlane impart to the viewer a strange sensation of being both insulted and of being in on the joke.

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Borstal is an artist run curatorial project founded in 2009 to promote independent professional artists within a program that ranges from exhibitions, discussions, film screenings. Borstal works closely with the artists building an exchange that allows for an unrestricted process of collaborative creation resulting in a unique outcome open to the public.

Supralimen is a virtual curatorial space that organises and connects disparate visual research. Every two weeks ten images are collated under a term that brackets an examination of image and process in cultural forms. Images are followed by a short description that links the group, acting together as a possible analogy for known visual phenomena.

WAYWARD GALLERY                           http://www.borstalspace.com

47 MOWLEM STREET             http://www.supralimen.wordpress.com

BETHNAL GREEN                             http://www.waywardgallery.com

E2 9HE

Version Three:

Online Publication developing the exchange between the curators and the artists

Will be available from the Borstal, Supralimen and Wayward Gallery’s websites in September

Curators : Tom Clark | Charlie Drinkwater | Alexander Ingham Brooke | Jammie Nicholas

Artists : Jess Blackstone | Katie Hare | Jack Jones | Janina Lange | Hollie McArthur

Niamh O’Doherty | Tessa Power | StrangMacfarlane

 

Alternate Versions Alternate / 05.08.10 – 11.08.10

01/01/10

BORSTAL / SUPRALIMEN / WAYWARD PRESENT

ALTERNATE VERSIONS ALTERNATE

Version One: ʻYou could mourn an act couldn’t you, but you couldn’t act a mourn[ing] could youʼ

Katie Hare | Jack Jones | Hollie McAthur | Jammie Nicholas | Tessa Power

05/08/10–11/08/10 | 12-6PM | PrivateView6-9PM

Borstal Space and Supralimen are proud to present two versions of Alternate Versions Alternate; a group show of works exploring the reciprocation between presence, remnants and experience in this hyper-modern context.

The democratizing effect of micro-authorship and informational overload has altered the position of the artist, audience and the manner in which the creative form is produced and disseminated.

The works presented here freely circulate between the often-contradictory space of interaction and remembrance. A myriad of inputs result in homogenous negotiation of material form and experience in its multiple contexts.

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Exploring the performance of self in relation to representation, objects and personal and public space, Katie Hare shows Welby Street (2010) which more closely examines the perception of intensely personalized domestic spaces.

Jack Jonesʼ painting Tetris Face (2010) creates a new pictorial structure by the physical removal with paint stripper of the false space of representation and perspective of a found landscape painting.

In Tessa Powerʼs two-channel video Adam + Luan (2009) a singer and dog reach a synchronous point in sound, that belies the staged and re enacted nature of the performance.

Looking for a feeling of prolonged yet empty drama, Hollie McArthurʼs is inspired by cinema, the production of film, and the façade of the movie scene. In Hit Emʼ Up! 2 (2010), she uses make up, glossy paint and oil that conjures a sense of the uncanny, but is recognisably ʻreal lifeʼ.

Made from bodily waste excretions Jammie Nicholasʼ perfume project Surplus: eau de toilette (2010) THE SUN IS BUT ONE ANUS is located between creation and consumption where conventional production streams have been both diverted and re- enacted.

—————————————————————————————————————–Borstal is an artist run curatorial project founded in 2009 to promote independent professional artists within a program that ranges from exhibitions, discussions, and film screenings. Borstal works closely with the artists building an exchange that allows for an unrestricted process of collaborative creation resulting in a unique outcome open to the public.

Supralimen is a virtual curatorial space that organises and connects disparate visual research. Every two weeks ten images are collated under a term that brackets an examination of image and process in cultural forms. Images are followed by a short description that links the group, acting together as a possible analogy for known visual phenomena.

WAYWARD GALLERY 47 MOWLEM STREET BETHNAL GREEN E2 9HE

http://www.borstalspace.com http://www.supralimen.wordpress.com http://www.waywardgallery.com

Version Two: ʻSome Men Interpret Nine Memosʼ PrivateView|19.08.10|6-9PM ||19.08.10-25.08.10|12-6PM

Jess Blackstone | Alexander Ingham Brooke | Janina Lange | StrangMacfarlane | Niamh OʼDoherty