Members Summer Exhibition 2014

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Members Summer Exhibition 2014

Contemporary fine art prints produced by current londonprintstudio members.

Opening Party: Thursday 26th June 2014, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday 27th June – Saturday 23rd August 2014

Admission Free 
Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm

londonprintstudio launches its annual Summer Members show on Thursday 26th June with an exhibition of beautiful prints produced in the studio by established and emerging artists. The exhibition is an opportunity to see the range of prints produced in the studio by artists working in varied styles and with different techniques, from lithographs, etchings and woodcuts to screen prints. Studio membership is very varied with many younger printmakers working alongside well established names, using  the full range of printmaking equipment which makes the studio one of the most comprehensively equipped artist’s workspaces in London. Some work in the exhibition has been created through the use of highly experimental techniques. The works on display  reflect the sense of enquiry and exploration characteristic of the work of many of our members, and this approach is strongly supported and encouraged by the studio and its technicians.

The prints were selected by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The final show was selected from over 80 submissions, many more than submitted last year. John Phillips, Director of londonprintstudio said ‘We saw a great deal of high quality work among the submissions, and  this is a focussed and attractive exhibition. There is an impressive range of work produced by artists in the studio. We were very pleased  to receive so many submissions, not all of which could be included.

Among the varied work on show, Margaret Ashman’s series ‘Lifted’ concerns signing and gesture which resonate in us because of their origins as the roots of language. Many artists have created distinctive art practices based around the physical embodiment of language and text. Ashman’s art practice is heavily reliant on sign language. Giving her models texts to sign is a way of embedding language in the art work. Her small photo etchings, Lifted I, II and III, arose from a photo shoot in which the model signed the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ in BSL. The backgrounds of sky were either photographed by the artist or found images.

By contrast, John Macaulay’s screen print ‘Two for Breakfast‘ features a domestic, everyday scene. His screen prints are composed using a series of drawings and photographic reference which are used together to construct the compositions and themes. The familiarity and title is intended to re-create a situation that the viewer will identify with and may even evoke similar situations or events which they have encountered or experienced.

Aga Tamiola, a recent St Martin’s graduate, is a multimedia artist working at the intersection of art and science. She works closely with linguists, ethnographers, neuroscientists and clinicians to develop her projects. Her art tries to give a voice to those who struggle to be heard. In ‘The Silent Keepers’ she focuses on endangered languages. When language transmission is broken we lose a unique knowledge of how a community perceived the world, and indeed how they perceived themselves.

Lynn Hatzius works uses snippets from various sources, often unrelated in content, combined and recombined until an interesting composition reveals itself and is fixed. This brings  a constant flow of hidden meaning almost as if the images are waiting to be discovered. She allows the printmaking process take charge, relying on spontaneous subconscious decision making to direct the outcome. Her latest explorations use photo litho plates, exposed with found imagery and cut into small parts. The thinness of the aluminium lets her use it like paper, layering several elements.

Catriona Leahy examines time, duration & memory in a personal and social context, she is intrigued by the apparently enduring presence and stability of structures and form – social, physical, geographical and cultural – and memory, a moment in time perpetually moving and in flux. Her photopolymer gravure ‘Rendition‘ reminds us of redundant or vacant spaces calling to mind the brevity of our occupancy of space, and the dependency on our presence to ensure their abiding memory.

The artists showing work in the exhibition are:-
Farina Alam,
Jim AndersonMargaret Ashman, Jacki BiddulphAlice Valentina BigaEmily BornoffAlex BradyColin BurnsMichelle DowLauren FynnClare GrossmanLynn Hatzius, Adam HerbertJennifer JokhooCatriona Leahy, Marianne Keating, John MacaulayTim MajorJanet MilnerTom MooreRalph OverillSumi PereraJohn Phillips, Rennie Pilgrem, Nicola Arkell Reed, David StudwellChisato TamabayashiAga TamiolaKatherine Van Uytrecht, and Claire Weinstock.

Image: Lynn Hatzius, Balance II (Green Portrait Series)

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