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.

COMING UP: JoshingTalk: The Submersible Project

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The Strand Gallery is proud to present the world exclusive screening of JoshingTalk: The Submersible Project, a documentary film by social entrepreneur Josh Taylor, recounting his latest project where he sent a submersible on an epic journey to the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean. The screening will take place with a back drop of an exhibition presenting several of Taylor’s other incredible feats and inspirational ventures.

The success of Taylor’s second project ‘Space Art’, drew the attention of Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group. Enticed by Taylor’s vision to create a unique piece of work unifying science, art and nature through human intellect and unrelenting determination, Branson personally issued him the challenge to see how far under the ocean Taylor could explore.

Taylor ambitiously decided to send a submersible to the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean, the Milwaukee Deep. With help from local marine companies, the submersible would sink down into the depths of the ocean and document the trench, located some 6 miles under the ocean’s surface. This is one of the last places on earth yet to be explored.

The exclusive film screening, hosted at The Strand Gallery will reveal, for the first time, the amazing story behind the long and arduous journey Taylor undertook to create JoshingTalk: The Submersible Project. From building the submersible to his expedition to Puerto Rico and his return to the UK, this tale is both moving and amusing, while proving that through determination and innovation, almost anything is possible.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 17th – 19th July, 11am – 6pm. Not one to be missed!

 

COMING UP: PLATFORM

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The Strand Gallery is thrilled to announce our forthcoming exhibition opening at the Gallery on Wednesday 9th July. Platform will be showcasing the work of thirteen contemporary artists from universities around the country. Ranging from sculpture, film and photography, the diverse exhibition will provide an opportunity for upcoming artists to have their work seen and appreciated.

The Artists…

Natalie Drenth, a Fine Art Graduate from University of Leeds, finds inspiration for her work in Neolithic sites and the power of an art object. She intends to create work that goes further than the readily visible to prompt a deeper appreciation beyond the aesthetic.

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Camille Biddell is a Fine Art student at Edinburgh College of Art and specializes in Intermedia. Biddell will be exhibiting woodcuts of high rise buildings, questioning the rise in urbanization and increasing density of urban living.

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Emily Ponsonby has studied at City & Guilds, Edinburgh and Leith School of Art. With a focus on Fine Art, Ponsonby aspires to capture her subject’s character in new and intriguing ways, suggesting insight that goes beneath the surface.

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David Henry Donald is a student specializing in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Donald’s work comprises of small artificial assemblages found in a photographic booth. His work aims to question the viewer on the objective view on the nature of tourism and its rituals.

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Robert Cooper studies Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art. His practice is primarily focused on creating an interesting visual aesthetic, using collage to interpret pop culture references into a visually pleasing form.

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Sophie Cook, a design student from Goldsmiths, London, developed a keen interest to explore experimental, interactive and server related design. The inspiration for her photography comes from her travels and everyday life.

Platform: An Exhibition will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 9th – 13th July 2014 at The Strand Gallery.