A CONVERSATION WITH WATER curated by Lorraine Snape
50 Celebration Avenue, Stratford E20 1DB
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 19th January 2024
EXHIBITION OPEN: 20th January – 19th February 2024
Kindly supported by Get Living
Met at Chelsea (UAL) studying MA Fine Art and in varying configurations have shared a studio, curated each other and exhibited together across London: Lorraine Snape, Alexandra Errington, Simon Job, Stephen Nulty, Lizzie Cardozo and Eva Brá Barkardóttir exhibited in Annotations are Sometimes Presented in the Margin at Elephant Arcade. Their work incorporates sculpture, kineticism, construction and installation; it explores the boundaries of painting, print, video and performance. From the fragmentation of information to notions of time, place and temporality; feminine identity through nature and surrealism. Speculative processes which lead to enigmatic organic compositions; it is performative in nature, relating to the here and now. They’ve curated and exhibited together in shows for Shop Front, Caledonian Road and Hackney Wick Baths, Rupture XIBIT, Hampton Wick, Late at Tate Britain Online, Elephant Arcade, Cookhouse Gallery, True House Buckingham Gate, University of the Arts Taiwan, Yanjiao Art Biennale, Beijing and Saatchi Gallery.
Water, the elixir of life, is searched for in outer reaches of our universe as hopeful evidence of alternative lifeforms, or future space to sustain our species. On earth, too much or too little can be the destroyer of land and its people. Transparent, odourless, tasteless, it can easily change between 3 of its states. Presenting an exhibition, “a conversation with water”, the artists will explore the often taken for granted substance. As they acknowledge waters impact on the everyday and on their practice, we ask them to reconsider waters place beyond the refillable drinking flask or brush cleaning fluid.
They are considering an alternative quiet opening with limited numbers for autism/sensory needs, reduced lighting, audio and video turned off and offered on demand. A weekly workshop with the artists: fabric dying with plants, anthrotypes with household materials, printmaking at home, making a decorative hanging/wreath from found materials, painting with alternative materials/additives such as ice, salt, etc. £5 suggested donation, encourage free participation for unwaged. Artist talk with attempted outreach to science community in area such as Frick Institute, Wellcome Collection and UCL.