“Who holds the sword?” – an exhibition curated by Isobel Atacus, Flora Bradwell and Lindsey Mclean

WHO HOLDS THE SWORD

50 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, London E20
PV Thursday 26th January, 6pm-9pm
27th January – 10th March 2023
Open Thurs-Sun 12-5pm

Immerse yourself in the swamp-like world of ‘Who holds the sword?’ an exhibition of work with the image of the sword at its centre. Encompassing sculpture, painting, installation and performance this playful show skews traditional gender norms via a contemporary medieval focus. The work fills the space to create an atmospheric environment that plays with perception and creates surprise. A PVC pig’s head eyeballs a flaccid knight, chain mail underpants glint in the light cast from a triple pronged painted blade. Adorning the walls is an armoury of swords forged from a range of materials: some tufted, some knitted, some painted and some you only hold in your head. At times the exhibition becomes setting for sword making workshops and medieval karaoke.Sited in a former Sainsbury’s supermarket this exhibition is supported by HYPHA STUDIOS and made possible by Get Living.

Haydn Albrow @haydndoesart
Isobel Atacus @isobelatacus
Corsin Billeter @cbilleter
Flora Bradwell @florabradwellart
Anna Choutova @annachoutova1
Laura Copsey @laurachops
Sophie Goodchild @sophiegoodchild
Denise Hickey @up._.at._.dawn
Hee Jyung Kim @heejyungkim
Sophie Lourdes Knight @sophielourdesknight
Andras Nagy-Sandor @andrasnagysandor
Alice Macdonald @alice__mac
Lindsey Jean McLean @lindseyjeanmclean
Taryn O’Reilly @artandwhiskey
Clementine Parrot #Clementine Parrot
Leon Pozniakow @leonpozniakow
Jack Sutherland @jqsutherland
Demelza Watts @demelza.watts
Katherine Vesey #Katherine Vesey

Contact: Lindsey Jean Mclean
[email protected]
07903650698

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Lindsey, Flora and Isobel are three visual artists who met through an artist-run space, and at the Slade. Their work encompasses painting, sculpture, writing and installation, yet shares a focus on critical and celebratory approaches to world-building through material thinking. They are female-identifying and living locally to Stratford.

They’ve worked individually and collectively across numerous curatorial projects, including the icing room, Gaff, Narrow Gallery and Bad Art. Often there’s been a strong DIY element to their work, always run on a shoestring. More recently they have exhibited in and co-curated Snakes on a Picture Plane at the UK Mexican Arts Society, London. Individual awards include Elizabeth Greenshields (Lindsey), Gilbert Bayes (Flora) and BAG Trust Artworks Open (Isobel).

Haydn Albrow

‘Serious Quarrels (Failure In Love)’ (2023)

Broken tufted sword

148 x 47 cm

£300

Haydn Albrow

‘Serious Quarrels (The Rarest Dream)’ (2023)

Twisted tufted sword

148 x 42 cm

£300

Isobel Atacus

 ‘Standing Still Erratic’ (2023)

Digital print on textile, copper

200 x 115 x 90 cm and 200 x 120 x 70cm

Each £800

Isobel Atacus

‘Soft rocks for salty days’ (2023)

Digital print on textile, stuffing, fishing wire, carabiners

290 x 110 x 30 cm

Individual rocks, from £60, or £950 complete set

Isobel Atacus

‘Soft Rocks For Salty Days’ (2023)

Digital print on textile, stuffing, fishing wire, carabiners

45 x 40 x 14 cm and 30 x 2,215 cm

Each £300

Isobel Atacus

‘Some Fears’ (2023)

Jesmonite with copper, PVC fabric, dragon eye crystal, sodalite crystal, citrine crystal, pyrite crystal, cast pewter, soap

63 x 42 x 6 cm

£300

 

Isobel Atacus

‘Soft Rocks For Salty Days’ (2023)

Digital print on textile, stuffing, fishing wire, carabiners

45 x 40 x 14 cm and 30 x 2,215 cm

Each £300

Corsin Billeter

‘Untitled (St. Sebastian)’

Brass, bronze

Approx 40 x 17 cm

Price on request

Corsin Billeter

‘Crossing Swords’ (2023)

Pressed forget-me-nots and watercolour on paper, silver wire in fused glass, brass

14 x 14 cm

£1,330

Corsin Billeter

Untitled’ (2023)

Pressed sunflower petals and watercolour on paper, silver wire in fused glass, brass

14 x 14 cm

£1,330

Flora Bradwell

‘Lapdancers’ (2023)

Acrylic on fabric with soft sculpture

120 x 92 cm and 125 x 92cm

£2,500 (the pair)

Flora Bradwell

‘Lapdancers’ (2023)

Acrylic on fabric with soft sculpture

120 x 92 cm and 125 x 92cm

£2,500 (the pair)

Flora Bradwell

‘Dorothy’ (2023)

Acrylic on fabric with soft sculpture

58 x 150 cm

£300

Flora Bradwell

‘Tourist’ (2022)

Acrylic on calico with archway inserts,

Approx 250 x 320 cm

Price on application

Anna Choutova

‘Draw’ (2023)

Oil paint on wood

112 x 165 cm

Hand £650

Cigarette £380

Laura Copsey

‘A New River Offering’ (2023)

Scanned chemigram photographic print on paper made from river water, oil, soap and garlic

75 x 18 cm

Price on application

Sophie Goodchild

Squatting to clean and squatting and sitting and missing’

(2023)

Wool and bronze

69 x 38 cm

£1,850

Denise Hickey

The Anarchic Hand’ (2023)

Mixed Media

100 x 45 cm

Price on application

Hee Jyung Kim

A Battle, Do My Swords Point Inside Me Or Out of Me’ (2023)

Indian ink, wax pastel on paper, hand cut paper, nails

Variable dimensions (approx 239.5 x 184 cm)

£1,500

Sophie Lourdes Knight

‘The Sword’ (2023),

Acrylic on airdry clay, dishcloth, and canvas, on board

7 x 25 x 66 cm

£900

Alice Macdonald

‘Painted Sword’ (2023)

Oil on primed MDF

90 x 22 cm

Price on application

Alice Macdonald

‘Painted Rapier’ (2023)

Oil on primed MDF

108 x 26 cm

Price on application

Lindsey Jean McLean

‘Manicure’ (2023)

Oil on linen and wooden frame

24 x 27 cm

£800

Lindsey Jean McLean

‘Many Directions’ (2022)

Oil on linen

150 x 190 cm

Price on application

Lindsey Jean McLean

‘Spilt Sword’ (2023)

Oil on linen

71 x 30.5 cm

£1,200

Lindsey Jean McLean

‘Veil and Sword’ (2022)

Oil on Linen

120 x 190 cm

Price on application

ANDRAS NAGY-SANDOR

‘Don’t Come Back Empty Handed’ (2022)

Oil on canvas

51 x 51cm

£1015

ANDRAS NAGY-SANDOR

‘Step Inside’ (2022)

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 140 cm

£4500

ANDRAS NAGY-SANDOR

‘We Thought We Were Ready’ (2023)

Mixed Media

250 x 250cm

Price on application

TARYN O'REILLY

‘Glory Guts’ (2022)

PVC leatherette, PVC mirror fabric, felt, polystyrene, wall filler, air dry clay, resin, tongue piercings, insulation foam, plaster, acrylic paint

47 x 175 x 120 cm

Oysters are £120 each

Cupcakes are £80 each

TARYN 0'REILLY

‘Wish You Were Here’ (2023)

PVC, mirror, leatherette, velvet, gold rope trimmings, beaded trimmings, wadding, gold rope

90cm x 224 cm

£380

TARYN O'REILLY

‘Glory Guts’ (2022)

PVC leatherette, PVC mirror fabric, felt, polystyrene, wall filler, air dry clay, resin, tongue piercings, insulation foam, plaster, acrylic paint

47 x 175 x 120 cm

Oysters are £120 each

Cupcakes are £80 each

CLEMENTINE PARROT

‘Untitled Hand Sword’ (2023)

Mixed Media

100 x 10 cm

Price on application

LEON POZNIAKOW

‘Beneath The Wolf Moon, The Candy Boys Share Their Secrets’ (2023)

Watercolour on paper

33 x 52 x 3cm

£1,200

LEON POZNIAKOW

‘The Candy Boys and The Presentation of Love’s Flowers’ (2023)

Watercolour on paper

33 x 52 x 3 cm

£1,200

LEON POZNIAKOW

‘At The Parade of True Loves Offering, The Candy Boys Race to Their Lovers’ Sides’ (2023)

Watercolour on paper

33 x 52 x 3 cm

£1,200

LEON POZNIAKOW

‘Calvins’ (2021)

Brass

Dimensions variable

Not For Sale

JACK SUTHERLAND

‘Ess with an Ess’ (2019)

Oil on canvas

30 x 40 cm

£850

JACK SUTHERLAND

‘Spent Force’ (2022)

Oil on canvas

46 x 41 cm

£950

JACK SUTHERLAND

‘Worrywart’ (2022)

Oil on canvas

25 x 20 cm

£600

KATHERINE VESEY

‘Gold sword’ (2023)

Knitted soft sculpture

50 x 15 cm

£40 (donation to food bank)

KATHERINE VESEY

‘Silver Sword’ (2023)

Knitted soft sculpture

60 x 25 cm

£50 (donation to food bank)

KATHERINE VESEY

‘Chain Mail Vest’ (2023)

Knitted soft sculpture

40 x 106 cm

£40 (donation to food bank)

DEMELZA WATTS

‘In defence of Bag Ladies’ (2023)

Clear PVC bags, glitter confetti, wool glove, plywood

30 x 70 x 30 cm

Price on application

OPENING NIGHT 27th JANUARY 6-9PM

 

Portfolio

Selected By

Artist Celia Hempton and Get Living

Celia Hempton (born 1981, Stroud, UK) is currently included in British Art Show 9, (touring), and My Life in the Metaverse, curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi.  A monograph has been published this year by Phillida Reid with accompanying text by Amia Srinivasan.  Her work has been included in many institutional shows, including ICA Boston, Whitechapel Gallery and Serpentine London, as well as Performance Space New York, Gwangju Biennale, Art Night with ICA London, amongst others. It is held in the collections of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia, The British Council and the Government Art Collection, UK. 

@hempton’s work explores concepts of voyeurism in the post-digital age. In her paintings, performances and installations, she investigates the blurred lines of comfort and consent; desire and subjugation, visibility and opacity; seeking to deconstruct the ways in which we engage with each other in a rapidly evolving age of hyper-mediation. Formally, Hempton’s paintings, which range in scale from intimate to life-size, acknowledge the tropes of history painting and the often subjugated female body. Hempton’s richly layered paintings directly play with and confront this historical dynamism, producing tactile celebrations of the body, alongside multiple perspectives on how the bodily gaze is constructed. 

In partnership with @wearegetliving

Photo Holly Whittaker.