Over the last couple of months Joanna Bryant Projects worked with Royal West Academician, Sara Dudman, to create a film looking back at the last five years of her practice. The film is split into three bitesize parts and the third and final part, ‘Shifting Balances‘ brings us up-to-date with Sara’s practice and most recent paintings, exploring some of the conclusions and pause for thought she is currently contemplating, particularly during the COVID-19 Pandemic, involving truths about nature, the environment and mankind.
Joanna Bryant worked with Sara Dudman RWA to create a film looking back over the last five years of Sara’s practice. The film is split into three bitesize parts and the second part, ‘Patterns of Behaviour‘ looks at the events and ideas that took her on travels around the UK from Shetland to Cornwall, studying the behaviour of migrating birds and further exploring nature, the environment and mankind. Part three will continue her journey to her most recent paintings and the conclusions or Pause for Thought she is currently facing.
Joanna Bryant worked with Sara Dudman RWA to create a film looking back over the last five years of Sara’s practice. Starting with her 2016 painting ‘Kittiwakes (Fallen Rock, Cowbar 2)‘ we uncover the drive and subsequent exploration into her subject matter. The film is broken down into three parts and the first part, ‘A Relationship of All Parts‘ introduces us to the fundamentals of Sara’s practice and the events and ideas that resulted in the first painting that is examined in this film. Parts two and three follow her journey since 2016, ending up with Sara’s most recent paintings and the conclusions or Pause for Thought she is currently facing.
For the last decade, Nikolai Ishchuk’s work has explored photography’s ambivalent relationship with the modernist canon and how any attempt to distil the fundamentals of photography puts it in conversation with other media. An online exclusive show on Artsy, After-Image, reviews his last decade’s work… click here to link to Artsy
Even when working with images in the past – for which he’s won an award from the British Journal of Photography and been selected for Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur – Nikolai Ishchuk has always been more concerned with their structural underpinnings than the narrative specifics. From 2012, the focus of his practice tightened around the expressive possibilities of the very materials of photography and how these open up avenues for cross-pollination with other media, from painting to architecture. Since then, the artist has built up a distinctive and diverse oeuvre of understated complexity and rigour. It ranges from dense surfaces where image fragments disintegrate under a patina of chemical, mechanical and hand applied marks, to ascetic objects and compositions springing from the simplest registrations of light on the print surface. The influence of high modernism and minimalism are evident, but the work never lapses into tropes, instead updating the canon’s legacy with an admission of fragility and the flaws inherent in conjuring something into being.
After-Image is intended to take stock of the artist’s many innovations during this productive period. The term ‘pushing the boundaries’ is often used in relation to practices that seek to extend the possibilities of their chosen media, to the point of having become a cliché. But it implies recognising those boundaries in the first place, whereas Ishchuk decisively moves past them, producing work that’s irreducible to a single thing. In his practice, photography itself becomes an afterimage: an evanescent presence that gives way to something entirely new.
In the last few years, Nikolai’s body of work has been shown in New York, London and Europe, and Nikolai was showcased by us at Photo London in both 2018 and 2019 as a contemporary, emerging artist, engaging with the overlapping worlds of photography, painting and sculpture. In 2020, his work was due to appear in The Stubborn Influence of Painting at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Colorado), which has now been rescheduled for Summer-Autumn 2021.
Ishchuk was born in 1982 in Moscow, Russia, and lives in London. He received an MA in Fine Art with Distinction from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and previously an MPhil in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Sociology from the University of York. Ishchuk was the first non-documentary photographer to win in the British Journal of Photography Awards. Ishchuk has exhibited internationally, including at such institutions as Whitechapel Gallery, Jerwood Space and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. He was recently recorded for the Tate Audio Arts and has been awarded residencies at Art Omi and MASS MoCA. His work is held in several important collections.
A short documentary following a day in the life of sculptor, Kostas Synodis, stuck in his apartment during the nation-wide lockdown, trying to stay creative in the face of a global pandemic.
(Shot and edited with available equipment under lockdown.)
until May 2020
Aviva HQ, St Helen’s, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ
Aviva, the multi-national insurance corporation, has commissioned Laura Jane Scott to complete a body of work for its corporate art collection and is currently showcasing the work in its London Headquarters until the end of May 2020.
‘Inner Landscape’ with Deborah Lanyon
November 19 – 24th, 2019
39 Old Church Street, Chelsea London SW3 5BS
Abstract painting continues to endure and seems to be resonating even more today than it did 10 years ago, despite constant attempts by the avant-garde over the last 50 years to quash it. Deborah Lanyon’s large abstract paintings come from a generation of artists, mostly men, including John Hoyland, Frank Bowling, Howard Hodgkin and Sean Scully. Like those artists, she works rapidly and physically with canvases positioned on the floor, letting the paint have its own voice. Yet the feminine subtleties give the work interest and difference from those of the male painters in this genre. The paintings are the voice of a woman and a reflection of her personality: physical but effortless; dynamic yet soft; harmonious and rhythmic. They have something else to say that gives them a place in the evolution of abstract painting through the last four decades.
The magnificent church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London played host to Exiles, a body of work by London-based Italian photographer Matilde Damele (17 – 24 September 2019).
The exhibition was on show during the Open City weekend (21-22 September 2019). Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. St Stephen Walbrook opened its doors and took part in the weekend.
Silvia Lerin’s sculpture ‘Neons from Heaven’ was commissioned by Art in the Churches and Arts Council England for Masham Church in the Yorkshire Dales and is on show throughout the summer, until 28 September.
The sculpture is made of canvas tubes, each capped with a mirror. Looking up to the heavens for guidance, the viewer might reflect that the answers lie in ourselves. The sculpture programme encourages visitors to consider church spaces as being for ourselves in the context of the surrounding history and architecture.
May 16 – May 19th, 2019, Somerset House, London
Booth curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page. We continue to support emerging contemporary artists who explore the possibilities of photographic media within a fine art investigative practice.
Includes work by: Nikolai Ishchuk, Eglė Kisieliūtė and Matilde Damele
Photo London 2019 took place at Somerset House, London, from Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May, with an invitation-only Preview on Wednesday 15 May