Damaging Objects – Lana Locke: 23.04.14 – 18.05.14

Image courtesy of: Erbil & Michalopoulos, 2013.
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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Thursday 3rd October, 2013, 6-9 pm & Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October, 11 am-6 pm
‘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.
For enquiries contact: info@schwartzgallery.co.uk
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Fuck the Frame, 2013, Wood, felt, acrylic paint, balloon, metal.


Damaging Objects

Lana Locke

Private View: Wednesday 23rd April 2014 6-9 p.m

Exhibition dates: 23rd April – 18th May 2014

Opening hours – Friday – Sunday 1-6 p.m

First Thursdays late opening: 1st May, 6-9 p.m

Damaging Objects is the first in a series of solo exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists at Schwartz Gallery, and Lana Locke’s first gallery solo show.

Damaging Objects has two implications for the art objects in the exhibition: objects that have damage done to them, and objects that are enacting damage (or planning to). Building on the themes of Locke’s practice-based PhD on The agonistic struggle of the art object against the space in which it is installed, the objects and the gallery space become adversaries in a power struggle. Setting up a precarious environment in the gallery, the twin strands of damage seep from the objects as they engage with the space: the one strand aggressive, picking a fight with the space; the other melancholic, fragile, and licking their wounds.

Questions are raised as to what the fight is about, how the objects and space might cause each other damage, and what the result of their conflict will be.

Damaging Objects follow’s Locke’s appearance in two Schwartz Gallery group shows in 2013, Punk Salon and ex-ca-vate-site-one, and her selection in the same year for Bloomberg New Contemporaries and Creekside Open (Paul Noble Selector’s Prize). She is currently studying a practice-based PhD supported by Chelsea Arts Club Trust at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, where she also studied her MA in Fine Art in 2011-12.





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