COMING UP: Time is Now

The Strand Gallery is delighted to announce our upcoming exhibition Time is Now, by London based artist Anna Masters, generously supported by Arts Council England. It will showcase ambitious new works and bold developments in the artist’s practice as she investigates three-dimensional form and large-scale interventions.

Masters is a mixed-media artist, creating wall-based works and site-specific installations. Her intricate pieces take inspiration from the natural world focusing particularly on plants and insects, as she works primarily with organic material and found objects.

Light, pattern and texture are integral subjects within the works, as regular themes of time and transcience are evident. The works toy with the idea of capturing a perfect, inexplicable moment, and sensitively question our cultural resistance to time and change, and the paradox of its inevitability.

Anna graduated in 2005 from Staffordshire University with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art. Since then, she has exhibited extensively in London and across the UK. She is regularly involved with public art projects and has contributed to: Elephant Parade (2010 – 2013-14), Jungle City Edinburgh (2011), The Big Faberge Egg Hunt (2012) and the City of London Festival (2012).

Time Is Now will be exhibited at The Strand Gallery from the 21st – 26th October 2014.

COMING UP: Nature and Self

Exhibition flyer The Strand Gallery is excited to introduce our new exhibition, Nature and Self, a selection of paintings by Karachi based Seemab Tariq. The works will be presented by Ayarri Gallery’s curator Fara Jabeen.  Ayarri is London’s newest online gallery featuring contemporary Pakistani artists. This exhibition will showcase a collection of paintings drawing on the artists own deeply personal self-examination and his relationship with the wider world. Seemab’s traditional Islamic Calligraphy is evident throughout the works with his use of strong calligraphic lines, leading you into a riot of colour and a world that he has created. The rustic and distressed canvases add a deeper dimension and give a real sense of time passed. “Born out of the Karachi’s vibrant and cosmopolitan art scene, Seemab’s abstract work sits very comfortably on the international art scene. It is a real visual and spiritual feast for the eyes as well as imagination and is the perfect collection to feature as Ayyari’s launch exhibition” – Fara Jabeen. Canvas 32 Canvas 27

COMING UP: Poppy Waddilove

The Strand Gallery is delighted to announce our forth coming exhibition Elegance in Motion, a showcase of fashion illustrations by London-based artist Poppy Waddilove.

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Having already been described as the rising star of London’s Art Scene by Grazia, Waddilove creates graceful yet powerful works that are “inspired by the line of the body and spontaneity of motion, painted quickly, intensely, with the ultimate intention of creating a timeless elegance in the women portrayed“.

Her expressive works draw from a wide range of influences from 1940s and 1950s fashion portraiture, Japanese culture and films such as Vertigo and Shame, with her distinguished pieces portraying the spontaneity of movement.

Elegance in Motion launches to coincide with London Fashion week this September, where Waddilove is a regular fixture having been invited by fashion design designers such as HEMYCA and Kerry Nixon to illustrate their catwalk shows, which offers designers a dynamic platform on which to present their collections.

This unmissable exhibition will celebrate the ethereal elegance of Waddilove’s work and will collide art with fashion and the female form. Showing 10th-13th September at The Strand Gallery, 11am-6pm.

All works are for sale, please email jessica@thestrandgallery.co.uk to request a catalogue.

 

 

COMING UP: WIDE EYED

With almost unlimited access to celebrities through the internet, reality television and social media, we would have thought that we would be getting fed up of the constant updates. Yet, it remains quite the opposite and our curiosity for an unseen glimpse behind the scenes is stronger than ever.

British Photographer Sarah Dunn has taken the idea of being behind the scenes to the next level with a Japanese Widelux panoramic camera. During her career as a professional photographer, Dunn has captured some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Keira Knightley to almost the entire cast of the Harry Potter series.

‘I started shooting my own BTS images with an old Contax camera; because I was working with so many actors I thought it would be fun to go cinematic. The Widelux frame is similar to cinemascope and has a moving lens so I could kill two passions in one fell swoop, photography and film-making.’

Wide Eyed exhibits panoramic and candid shots of actors including Skyfall’s Berenice Marlohe relaxing between shoots, to Lord of The Rings hobbits sharing a bottle of whisky. Not only satisfying our craving for a peek behind the camera, Dunn perfectly captures the natural characters of her subjects, creating a truly unmissable exhibition.

Here are a few of Dunn’s personal favourites from the series:

1. Ewan McGregor, Los Angeles, 2002

‘Ewan and I were having dinner in LA, and I mentioned I’d just bought a camera, my first Widelux. So he invited me on to his film set the next day to try it out – he was shooting Down with Love with Renée Zellweger. This was my first, and still my favourite, shot on the Widelux.’

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2. Rosamund Pike, London, 2013

‘We were in a spooky house in east London. Rosamund sat down for a drink of water and suddenly it was so chic and glamorous. The Widelux is an amazing tool for recording the chaos around the calm.’

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3. Dominic Cooper, London, 2011

‘I shot this during Movie-Con, a fan convention at the London O2. I was literally set up in a broom cupboard; the camera makes the room look enormous. Dominic is always fun and easy to work with.’

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Wide Eyed will be exhibiting at The Strand Gallery from 2nd-6th September 2014, 11am – 6pm

 

SPOTLIGHT: Dario Srbic

Dario Srbic is the winner of the Photographic Angle award this year and is perhaps one of the most thought provoking photographers to have graduated from Central Saint Martins. His work has already featured in two exhibitions this year, and we’re sure that by the time he graduates he’ll have more than just degree shows to worry about.

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His body of work entitled ‘n-1’ is currently featuring at The Bargehouse, London and presents prints that are as cold as the warehouse they reside at. The series is unnervingly calculated with thin, metallic strips repeating in a linear sequence that as an audience, we cannot decipher the meaning of. At first glance the large scale works are almost reminiscent of a circuit board with a structure based on simple geometry. However it speaks a language that is not on a human frequency, with a rhythm that is mechanical and constructed. When staring at them our eyes cannot latch onto the sequence causing the compositions to blur our vision, in turn only leaving us with an unwanted peripheral vibration.

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It is rare for an art work to impose on a viewer’s experience so heavily, and that’s why we think Srbic has had the acclaim he’s received so far in his career.

Visit Srbic’s website here to see his current work.

SPOTLIGHT: Tess Dumon

As summer degree shows come to a close, we want to share with you our personal highlights of the crop of talented artists graduating this year. Tess Dumon in particular caught our eye after taking first place in the Central Saint Martins BORN prize for her installation piece ‘Stabat Mater (Lorasifar, Depakin, Tegretol&Circadin)’.

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The body of work aims to identify Dumon’s own selective memory as a child and how trauma and grief can become lodged into our psyche in peculiar ways. The piece made entirely of chicken wire depicts four horses as emblems of the four anti-epileptic medicines her late brother used (the names of which appear in the title above). The creatures retell a memory of suffering and exist mainly as embodiments of Death, with the horses vaguely alluding to the four horsemen of the apocalypse. They hang in the Central Saint Martins atrium and suspend in the air as if they are frozen in time. They float above the inhabitants of the building and transcend between earth and heaven, immortalised mid-movement in a type of purgatory. The piece stands alone as a confession of a very poignant scar in the artist’s mind.

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It is a gift to be able to create a structure so beautiful from a memory that is so upsetting, there is a strength to Dumon’s story telling that makes her installation so compelling.

The full story behind Dumon’s horses can be found here.

NOW SHOWING: STATE OF THE ART CINEMA 2014

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The Strand Gallery is excited to introduce our new exhibition, State of the Art Cinema, compromising more than 75 stylish artworks and images as an interactive experience of contemporary film poster design and photography.

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Launched by Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), the works collectively highlight the spectacle and diversity of films from around the world opening in UK cinemas between July 2014 and spring 2015. The exhibition also explores, in today’s multi-media world full of visual stimuli, how individual designs ‘cut through’ and attract different responses from different viewers.

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State of the Art Cinema is presented in six broad themes: Britain on screen; Family heroes; Out of this world excitement; Down to earth adventure; Cinematic comedy; and Thrillers & chillers. The exhibition encompasses films made in the UK and around the world by emerging and well established filmmakers including Tom Green, John Carney, Rowan Joffé, Mike Leigh, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Robert Rodriguez.

State of the Art Cinema will be showing at The Strand Gallery until 22nd August.

COMING UP: LIQUID BRICK

The Strand Gallery is excited to introduce new exhibition Beyond Limit Speed by artist cumulative Liquid Brick, delivering the very best of contemporary art from UCA Farnham’s Fine Art post-graduates.

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Divorced from the traditional constraints of art institutions, Liquid Brick represents post-graduate fine art students as artists who are seeking to explore their own praxis from their divergent experiences and points of view. The exhibition boasts a diverse range of works varying from painting to sculpture, engaging in subjects including confrontation and disruption, erosion and memory, metamorphosis and the sublime.

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The dynamic artist collective was launched onto the London art scene at the Menier Galler in the summer of 2012. A year later, Liquid Brick exhibited again at the Arch Gallery in Bethnal Green, exploring the groups diversity of practice through the challenge of creating the notional ‘Perfect System’.

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Beyond Limit Speed by Liquid Brick will be open to the public at The Strand Gallery from the 23rd July until the 27th July.

SPOTLIGHT: Ed Thompson

After The Strand Gallery’s recent screening of Josh Taylor’s The Submersible Project, I felt inspired to research up-and-coming documentary photographers and came across the talented Ed Thompson. A recent MA graduate in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication, Ed’s subject matter is eclectic and covers a wide range of social issues from anti-capitalist occupiers to far-right groups.

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A project that particularly stood out was the Syrian Refugees Photo Documentary in Lebanon. Ed’s aim was to break through the political sound bites and draw attention to the startling statistic that of the one million refugees displaced in Lebanon almost half are children, and around one in five are less than five years old.

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There is a powerful sense of innocence and vulnerability portrayed through the photographs that intimately capture the unseen struggle in Lebanon. You are drawn to the purity of the child’s eyes gazing through the camera lens, and can’t help but feel uncomfortably exposed to the seriousness of the crisis. Ed’s project also captures the more light-hearted scenes, through candid photographs of children playing and interacting with one another.

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Since the completion of his MA, Ed has produced over 200 professional freelance assignments and produced dozens of self-initiated documentary photo-essays published in international magazines, ranging from National Geographic to The Sunday Times. Ed is currently finishing The Unseen Project thanks to a grant from the Arts Council. The project began in 2011 and has seen Ed trying to push the boundaries of why colour infrared film was made.

With a unique photographic style that covers diverse and politically relevant topics, Ed Thompson is definitely one to keep an eye on! To find out more about Ed and his work, please visit his website.

SPOTLIGHT: Stephanie Bryan-Kinns

Today’s spotlight focuses on talented BA (Hons) Digital Communication Design graduate Stephanie Bryan-Kinns, who The Strand Gallery had the pleasure of exhibiting back in the May 2014 UCA Degree Show.

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BA (Hons) DCD is a cutting-edge degree known for pushing boundaries through the creation of innovative works. They practice in exploring the impact of digital culture on graphic design, and Stephanie’s work investigates issue of transphobia through social design.

An avid designer and writer who hopes to develop an art direction career in advertising, Stephanie creates work that is thought provoking and powerful. She exhibited at The Strand Gallery an advertising based installation that challenges gender stereotyping and prejudice in today’s society.

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Through directly targeting individuals in intimate spaces, Stephanie uses facial recognition and interactive advertising with the aim of helping society understand that transphobic language, actions, questions and comments are just as inappropriate towards cis-gendered individuals, as they are to trans* individuals.

For this project, Stephanie not only aims to raise awareness of transphobia, but also of gender variation. The shocking statements used in this campaign reflect inappropriate language, commonly directed towards trans* individuals, and offer a unique and inspiring way of using advertising as a way to combat prejudice. The project epitomises the quote “treat others how you wish to be treated”.

Check out Stephanie’s website to find out more information and to see more of her work.