Hourglass Marries Egg – Louisa Mahony : 19.11.2014 – 13.12.14

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of: Erbil & Michalopoulos, 2013.

BEYOND DUALITY
ISMAIL ERBIL & PATRICK MICHALOPOULOS
Private View: Wednesday 25th September 2013, 6-10 p.m
Exhibition dates: 25th September – 20th October 2013 or by appointment.
First Thursdays late opening: 3rd October, 6-9 p.m
Event: Artist talk: Saturday 5th October at 1 pm.  Free event, no booking required.
Gallery opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 12-6 p.m
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‘Beyond Duality’ is a two-person show of the work of artists Ismail Erbil and Patrick Michalopoulos at Schwartz Gallery, the artist-curators and founders of the space. Delving intofacets of their collaborative as well as their individual practices the artists will focus on the creation of an expansive site-specific installation intertwining their respective approaches encompassing object and image-making, costume and performance art and video and installation. Overlapping categories of making and testing the boundaries of authorship in the context of collaboration BEYOND DUALITY advances ideas of shared communication and ownership to question idealised notions of objects, spaces and their perceived boundaries.
Taking the form of site specific installations Ismail Erbil’s new works for Beyond Duality investigate cycles of actions though a layering of objects and performative narratives that draw the viewer into environments or zones of experience. Working with reflective, transparent and opaque materials Erbil wraps, veils and conceals objects and surfaces to reconfigure representational devices. Sculptural objects and collages shift and transform evolving along a spectrum of light, a central theme of these works. Concealing the identity of objects in alternating shrouds of light and darkness the artist considers the nature of materiality and amplifies and distorts the experience of objects as vehicles of communication.
Patrick Michalopoulos presents a series of new works for ‘Beyond Duality’ that inhabit a space somewhere between object, photography, collage and performance. Alternating modes of representation leave the viewer to decide where images and objects begin and end questioning the apparatus of representation. Inverting hierarchies and functions of materials reflects the artist’s interest in the articulation of architectural spaces that carry with them psychological structures of human interaction. These scaled-down structures operate on a level akin to that of architectural models yet fall outside their strict parameters alluding to spaces of disembodiment, dislocation and intercepted communications.
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For enquiries contact: info@schwartzgallery.co.uk
http://www.ismailerbil.com
http://www.patrickmichalopoulos.com
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Private view: Wednesday 19/11/14 6-9 p.m

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Exhibition dates: 19.11.2014 – 13.12.14

Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 1-6 p.m

First Thursdays late opening: 4th December 6-9 p.m

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Hourglass Marries Egg is an exhibition of new paintings by Louisa Mahony. These paintings, all oil on canvas and paper, occupy a position between abstraction and figuration. The gallery painted yellow provides a wrap around environment on which the works are installed. The paintings on paper take up a position as a double-sided poster wall, advertising their strange semi abstract objects. The works can be read as a cohesive installation, as well as a series of individual works.

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The paintings employ various motifs that whilst appearing familiar to an audience, may not be entirely known. By incorporating a modernist vocabulary of shape and form the images make reference to still life, sculpture and cartoons. The paintings become visually polysemic, inviting both conscious and unconscious connections to be made by a viewer.A form of free indirect discourse allows the visual reference to slip on and off the painting and concurrently in and out of the viewers mind.

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The title of the show, Hourglass Marries Egg, is inspired by a New York Times headline from 1958 entitled ‘Egghead weds Hourglass’, which reports on the marriage of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. It seemed to be the most unlikely union; a giant of the left-wing intellectual elite joining with the world’s undisputed sex symbol. Within the context of the newspaper headline the household names of Miller and Monroe are simultaneously reduced and magnified by these domestic symbols; they become the archetypal and disposable objects of everyday life. The human lives are condensed into pure symbol. The charge of the forms, the glamour and the tragedy…we understand the inevitable outcome.

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Schwartz Gallery was founded in April 2008 by artist-curators Patrick Michalopoulos and Ismail Erbil. Questioning exhibition and display formats Schwartz Gallery has become an important platform and forum for emerging contemporary art practice and debate in East London and beyond. Since January 2014 the gallery space has re-formed into a more compact exhibition space currently allowing for a series of solo exhibitions to take place.

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Louisa Mahony was born in Dublin. She attended Kingston University BA and Chelsea College of Art and Design Postgraduate study. She currently lives and works in London.  She has exhibited both in this country and abroad recent group exhibitions at the Schwartz Gallery, Charlie Dutton, the Royal Academy London, the period of grace Bristol.

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Favorite joke

What did the zero say to say to the eight……?

“Like your belt”

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Enquiries: info@schwartzgallery.co.uk

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www.louisamahony.com

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Ground floor, Building 2, London, E9 5EN

Nearest Train Station: Hackney Wick Overground Station

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