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Past Exhibitions & Projects:

Painting Rituals

Curated by Aretha Campbell & Lucy Lopez

Jill Mulleady | Maria Thurn und Taxis | Lindsey Bull



Exhibition: 26th April - 1st June 2012

Open Late for LAST FRIDAYS 6-8pm 27th April

Coldharbour London Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by Jill Mulleady, Lindsey Bull and Maria Thurn und Taxis, exploring the processes and application of marks within painting. Whilst working in disparate mediums, scale and through a variety of procedures the artists are connected by a commonality of decision- making and a search for a level of tension within a moment in time.

Rituals performed by applying paint to a surface create marks that resemble a language, which is simultaneously familiar and unreal. Looking to the physicality of mark making that we might find in a work by Pollock, or the translation of the senses in a painting by Kandinsky; each of these outline the ritual within a work; the unseen process. In addition to this, the works of the three exhibited painters illustrate ritual in their content, be it literal or nuanced.





Etoile, Jill Mulleady, Oil on linen



Monks, Maria Thurn Und Taxis, Oil on Canvas




Watercolour I, Lindsey Bull, Watercolour on Paper



The Inception of Line

Keke Vilabelda and Kate Terry 8th March - 22 April 2012
Curated by Aretha Campbell

Private View : 7th March 6.30 - 9pm

"The line is more important than the points along its length"
Nicolas Bourriaud Altermodern '09

The work of art exists within a trajectory or line, marking a point of communication between viewer and work that refuses to repeat itself. Both Vilabelda and Terry's practices highlight this line, never reaching a point of stasis; rather they are constantly re-aligned and re-configured within the spaces they temporarily inhabit.

Keke Vilabelda's heavily textured paintings reveal landscapes both urban and bleak, seemingly caught in movement or change and cut through by unrelated forms, exploring the possibilities of the intrusion of a geometric shape in landscape. The spaces captured by Vilabelda, though often initially the product of digital media, exist somewhere between the mental and the physical, within a diffused reality, highlighting our experience of the inhabitation of space.

Kate Terry's site-specific thread installations engage with the nature of a given space, creating subtle adjustments to our perception. Her forms are delicate and temporary; intricate geometric patterns that at once utilise and subvert the architecture of their environment.

Coldharbour London, based in a former print factory in South East London, now houses multiple artists studios and a 3,500 sq ft exhibition space. The nature of this warehouse like gallery allows for its repeated transformation; in this instance it becomes the apparatus for the work displayed, a key element in its realisation.

In order to engage more critically with the concepts that Vilabelda and Terry present, a talk will be held in which the art theorist Christopher Kul-Want will be in conversation with the artists. Kul-Want is course director of MA Fine Art at Byam Shaw, Central St Martins and his writing spans art theory and philosophy, art history and criticism. His most recent publication is titled ‘Philosophers on Art: From Kant to the Postmodernists'.


FEBRUARY FILM SCREENINGS



Coldharbour London Gallery presents a month of events for February, starting with two evening screenings of films by James Scott and Adam Barker-Mill.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE- THESE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON THE 8TH & 22ND FEBRUARY!

Wednesday 08/02 | Love’s Presentation | 7pm
Wednesday 22/02 | Richard Hamilton | 7pm

Each screening will be followed by a talk from cinematographer Adam Barker-Mill. £4 advance booking, £5 on the door. Email info@coldharbourlondon.com for bookings or pop into the gallery!

Love’s Presentation is the first of a series of artists films made by Director James Scott and Cinematographer Adam Barker-Mill, capturing the creation of David Hockney’s famous Cavafy Etchings of 1967 and narrated by the artist himself. This film gives a rare and witty insight into the work of one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists.
From 21/01 to 09/04 the Royal Academy will be showing a major exhibition of Hockney’s new landscape works, spanning 50 years of the artist’s practice.

Richard Hamilton, a documentary made in collaboration with the artist, was made under commission from the art council in 1968 by Scott and Barker-Mill. One of the forerunners of the Pop Art Movement, Hamilton worked with the layering and disruption of images of popular culture, and this is present in the patchwork like cinematography of this film. With commentary from Richard Hamilton.

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THE DAY THE FACTORY DIED BY CHRISTOPHE VON HOHENBERG

Exhibition runs 7th December - 22nd January

Private View Wednesday 7th December 6.30pm - 9pm

This December, Coldharbour London Gallery will be exhibiting The Day The Factory Died, a collection of never- before published photos by acclaimed fashion photographer Christophe Von Hohenberg, of Pop artist Andy Warhol's memorial service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1987. Curated by Aretha Campbell, the exhibition will bring together letters from the memorial and photographs. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Day The Factory Died is a bible- like 176 page book featuring a calvacade of celebrities from the world's of Hollywood, Fashion, Pop Music, International Society and Art.


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IMAGES PLEASE CONTACT :

Aretha Campbell
Creative Director
07815 894391
aretha@coldharbourlondon.com
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Open Studios at COLDHARBOUR STUDIOS in conjunction with CLOCKWORK STUDIOS

Open from 10th - 11th December 12pm - 7pm.

COME AND DISCOVER THE ARTISTIC TALENT THAT LIES WITHIN THE LABYRINTH OF COLDHARBOUR LONDON STUDIOS* THIS CHRISTMAS.THIS YEAR WE ARE OPENING OUR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME AND PARTNERING UP WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS, CLOCKWORK STUDIOS, TO BRING YOU A FESTIVE AND EXCITING OPEN STUDIO EXPERIENCE!
COME AND JOIN US FOR MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES WHILST EXPLORING OVER 30 ARTIST STUDIOS, SPANNING A VARIETY OF ART AND CRAFTS.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT US

*We still have 3 brand new artist studios left, with heating, wifi and state of the art security. If interested please call Lucy on 07834636497.

THE DAY THE FACTORY DIED BY CHRISTOPHE VON HOHENBERG

Exhibition runs 7th December - 22nd January

Private View Wednesday 7th December 6.30pm - 9pm

This December, Coldharbour London Gallery will be exhibiting The Day The Factory Died, a collection of never- before published photos by acclaimed fashion photographer Christophe Von Hohenberg, of Pop artist Andy Warhol's memorial service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1987. Curated by Aretha Campbell, the exhibition will bring together letters from the memorial and photographs. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Day The Factory Died is a bible- like 176 page book featuring a calvacade of celebrities from the world's of Hollywood, Fashion, Pop Music, International Society and Art.


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IMAGES PLEASE CONTACT :

Aretha Campbell
Creative Director
07815894391
aretha@coldharbourlondon.com



E I G H T D A Y S

V E N E T I A D E A R D E N
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 16TH NOVEMBER 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: 17TH - 24TH NOVEMBER 2011

This November, Coldharbour London is proud to present Eight Days a photographic journey by Venetia Dearden, in collaboration with Joie. This new body of work takes us on a journey through the eyes of her lense into America’s Burning Man Festival. This exhibition offers a glimpse of the diversity and character of the vpeople who converge on this festival juxtaposed against the breath-taking backdrop of this wild American landscape. From the awe - inspiring Ansel Adams-esque mountain ranges to raw and unfaffected beauty of the Nevada desert, Dearden offers a unique take on the American dream. 

“…There is no time on the road, you are just on the road, moving. Maybe this means there is a sense of doing, so its ok to do nothing. And its lovely to do nothing but watch the land race by and know you are moving somewhere and at some point you will arrive… “ Venetia Dearden.

Dearden, born in 1975, has spent most of her life in Somerset. In 1990, she took her first black-and-white photography course, before setting off to East Africa, in 1994, on work placements. 2008 saw the publication of Venetia’s first book by Kehrer Verlag, “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”. Dearden’s second book, “Glastonbury, Another Stage”, was published in April 2010, and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London for five months.

This year Venetia’s two-year collaboration with Mulberry has just culminated in a book to celebrate their 40th anniversary - a snapshot of Mulberry lifestyle and an exciting new body of work to be seen this year. Dearden, was mentored by Medford Taylor and received the Vic Odden Award for British photography in 2011. Her work continues to be published worldwide: Vogue, Wallpaper, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Stern Magazine, Vanidad, Vogue Bambini, 125 Mag 





Please contact aretha@coldharbourlondon.com for further details.






 

Instinct for the Actual

Curated by Guy Robertson

Opening: Thursday 7 July 2011, 1800 - 2100 Exhibition: 8 July 2011 - 31 July 2011

Artists: Edwin Burdis, Joe Clark, Guy Gormley, Tom Saunderson, and Rob Sherwood

Instinct for the Actual brings together five artists who administer a sensual relationship with our rapidly developing immaterial worlds: At times there is a battle between romantic notions of the self as opposed to the rationale of sys- tems of reproduction, especially as manifested in digital and lens-based culture. They combat the failings of Fyodor Dostoyevksy's character in White nights who laments, "...it begins to seem to me at such times that I am incapable of beginning a life in real life, because it has seemed to me that I have lost all touch, all instinct for the actual, the real..."

Responding to the thematic of 'cultural deceleration' EDWIN BURDIS will create an installation based around the sound of a purring cat. Burdis's practice engages with glut, greed and consumption: His paintings, performances, mu- sic and collaborations draw on the psychological cravings and imaginations of a life lived in tandem with daytime TV, fast food and a sexually charged yet frustrated society. Burdis is represented by Max Wigram Gallery and has recently completed a residency in the Hayward Gallery project space. www.maxwigram.com , www.homeservice.org.uk

JOE CLARK's immersive installation for Cold Harbour, made of suspended architectonic planes, is an investigation into the language underlying his photographic practice: addressing what happens when attempting a translation from the pictorial to the spatial. Playing on the metaphor of the lens used in computer generated imagery, which is in turn increasingly part of the toolset of photography, he highlights tensions between modes of representation and the real. The work seems to be located at the intersection of a romantic spiritualism and an enlightenment rationalism; ideological certainty and an atomised society, as he promotes a version af a singular sublime which is unstable and completely dependant on the viewer. Clark is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead. www.joeclark.eu

GUY GORMLEY will exhibit work from a run of new experiments with digital image making which possess both a ro- mance and violence particular to paparazzi photography. His lo-grade digital pictures, hand printed in the darkroom or turned out on domestic inkjet printers, unnerve the viewer, creating new unforeseen attitudes towards his subjects. Gormley exhibits his work with Son Gallery. www.songallery.co.uk

TOM SAUNDERSON energises photography with objecthood and the expression of the artist. In his work for Cold Harbour he addresses the inefficiency of the photograph as a purveyor of information, folding and sculpting the same image in a variety of ways: this technique draws attention to facile ways of seeing whilst also presenting the photo- graph as a physical object and proliferating meaning beyond its 2 dimensions. The subjects have a poetic and symbolic simplicity which evoke relationships with ideas of progress and restriction in society. Saunderson is represented by Son Gallery. www.songallery.co.uk

In ROB SHERWOOD's 'The Warp and the Weft', a 2 channel video work projected onto both sides of a suspended can- vas, the artist demonstrates an intuitive exploration of the computer as a tool, engaging his painter's eye with the logi- cal patterns that lie within systems of reproduction. Both videos rework and sample material from a decaying archive of film experiments sourced variously from MS paint and Youtube as early as 2008. He addresses these technologies' degradation of visual material and deskilling of artistic labour, as opposed with artistic choice and the ability to restore frameworks in chaotic visual fields. He is represented by the Hannah Barry Gallery. www.hannahbarrygallery.com



Opening Launch Thursday 16th June 2011.

Illumination

il·lu·mi·na·tion (-lm-nshn)
a. The act of illuminating.
b. The state of being illuminated

"The future of art is light" Henri Matisse

Coldharbour London’s inaugural show ILLUMINATION will be opening on June 16th 2011, and promises to be a visual extravaganza executed in light. Curated by Aretha Campbell ILLUMINATION brings together the work of both emerging and established contemporary artists - Adam Barker Mill, Lawrence Lek, Luke Montgomery, Molly Smyth and Kirstie Macleod.

Since the beginning of the last century, artificial light has increasingly illuminated even more streets, shop windows, billboard signs and houses in an unprecedented abundance and form. We reside in cities and gardens of light. Observed from airplanes and satellites, the night-time Earth glows like a cluster of stars. Light works become artificial stars that change the visible world.

The pulsing visual vortex which is Adam Barker Mill’s, Disco Volante, morphs from neon pink to acid green and fizzing orange, through every in-between shade and ice-cream pastel conceivable. As in the confinement chamber, the notion of real space soon becomes redundant, as the light surrounds you and enters your very being. There’s no certain here or now…you emerge from your bubble dazed and blurry-eyed - into a brave new world.

This large installation contrasts beautifully to Kirsty Macleod’s delicate light boxes which encompass and substantiate the shimmering spectrum of artificial light. In contrast Lawrence Lek’s intricately carved Wings which loom out of the darkness manipulating shadows and simultaneously our senses.


Artist biographies : 

Light Installations:

Adam Barker Mill - www.adambarkermill.com
Established cinematographer Adam Barker Mill.
Adam Barker-Mill began his career as a lighting-cameraman in the film industry in the 1960s. He later moved on to create his own installations experimenting with light. He has held many exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Famous for his beautiful installations experimenting with light, Adam Barker-Mill will turn Coldharbour London Gallery into an enclosing dark space where the levels of brightness and saturation of contrasting or related colours undergo a continuously-evolving cyclic shift.

Luke Montgomery - www.lukemontgomery.com
Luke explores the gulf between our public beliefs and private desires by creating spaces that lie between abstraction and realism.
In 2009 he has shown at Shunt Vaults with the Heritage Arts Company. ‘Tunnel 228’ a major exhibition underneath Waterloo station sponsored by Bloomberg. ‘Shadow Boxing’ with Matteblak at Home House. The group show ‘My Kingdom’ with Space in Between collective. He has also made a video installation for the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm that ran with the Loc ii event.
In 2010 Luke took part in a 2 month international residency ‘Nowa Soda’ in Krakow, Poland which culminated in a group show, May 2010. The show's aims were to transform the Contemporary Art Centre in response to its former history as a Soda Ash Factory. He also was part of numerous group shows; 'de Piramd of Ijmuiden' at JP Coenstraat, Ijumuiden, Holland. 'Where Beats this Human Heart' with Space in Between and 'Rhizomatic' at Departure Gallery.

Lawrence Lek - www.lawrencelek.com

Lawrence Lek is an artist, architect and musician. He is currently working on a continuous project of built structures, immersive installations and soundscapes. Together they form a world within our world - a place where we can reflect on the artificiality of nature. Having studied at Cambridge, Lawrence has exhibited at the ICA, and  the Roundhouse London.

Molly Smyth - www.hannahbarry.com/artists/molly_smyth
Molly Smyth's sculptural practice ranges from the miniature to the monumental, often referencing the built environment, particularly urban landscapes, as well as the human form.Smyth's first solo exhibition, presented by Lucky PDF, Delays Not Colours took place in London in 2009. Her work has also been exhibited as part of Bold Tendencies III and Time Flies, at the Hannah Barry Gallery in London.
The Guardian described Molly Smyth’s sculpture called Motion Towards Collapse as “ the name suggests defectiveness but the pieces couldn't look more assured of their own clout and strength.”

Kirstie Macleod - www.kirstiemacleod.co.uk
Kirstie Macleod is a London based artist whose work explores issues of identity and the passage of time through textiles, sculpture, photography and performance. Having trained in various theatrical and costume based disciplines, her large scale and often immersive pieces reference dreamlike states, emotions and fairytales articulated through textile processes and garment construction. She has most recently exhibited at the Royal Academy, following her performance at the Victor and Rolf retrospective at the Barbican in 2009 and Art Dubai 2009.

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Heaven and Earth - Luke Montgomery



Disco Volante - Adam Barker-Mill



Motion Towards Collapse - Molly Smyth















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