After-Image: An Online Review of the Last Decade with Nikolai Ishchuk

2020-09-18T10:02:56+01:00

For the last decade, Nikolai Ishchuk’s work has explored photography’s ambivalent relationship with the modernist canon and how any attempt to distil this puts photography 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

Nikolai does not consider himself to be a photographer in the traditional sense, but an artist who works with photographic media (usually camera-less), such as silver gelatin paper, cyanotype and light. Nikolai also works with other materials such as cement and acrylic polymers to explore and extend the possibilities for photographic medium. 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.

Nikolai Ishchuk’s practice considers what counts as ‘photographic’ and how any attempt to distil this, puts photography in conversation with other media. In his hands, photography is often reformulated as a modular spatial language that speaks of objecthood, presence and proportion. It ultimately deals with questions of intermediality, art hierarchies and histories, and taps into photography’s ambivalent relationship with the modernist canon (to which it was instrumental but into which it was not properly absorbed).

The artist’s wall-based work over the last few years stands in an evolving dialogue with painting and drawing, through diverting the use of photographic materials away from producing a mechanical image and toward mark-making and gesture. His sculptures hover between minimalist, brutalist architecture and photography.

Nikolai 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. His work is held in several important collections.

After-Image: An Online Review of the Last Decade with Nikolai Ishchuk2020-09-18T10:02:56+01:00

Studied Simplicity with Laura Jane Scott

2020-03-04T18:42:33+00:00

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.

Studied Simplicity with Laura Jane Scott2020-03-04T18:42:33+00:00

The Female of the Species

2019-11-24T15:01:42+00:00

‘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.

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The Female of the Species2019-11-24T15:01:42+00:00

City of London exhibition highlighted displacement and loss in our transient urban communities

2019-11-03T17:25:24+00:00

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.

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City of London exhibition highlighted displacement and loss in our transient urban communities2019-11-03T17:25:24+00:00

Silvia Lerin’s sculpture ‘Neons from Heaven’ on show in Yorkshire

2019-06-25T10:24:50+01:00

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.

Silvia Lerin’s sculpture ‘Neons from Heaven’ on show in Yorkshire2019-06-25T10:24:50+01:00

Photo London 2019

2019-06-25T10:18:38+01:00

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

 

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Perfectly Small

2018-12-03T10:30:21+00:00
Jun 13th – Jul 14th 2018
The Foundry Gallery 39 Old Church Street, London, SW3 5BS

Curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page

This gallery exhibition includes perfectly small works of art from many of our diverse and multi-disciplinary artists. This show ring fences that diversity by restricting each artist to works that are smaller than 40 x 40 cm.

Includes: Sophie Arup, Lee Borthwick, Sir Peter Blake, Matilde Damele, Sara Dudman RWA, Ann-Helen English, Alan Franklin, Nikolai Ishchuk, Deborah Lanyon, Silvia Lerin, Lyndsey Keeling, Paul Knight, François Pont, Robinson & McMahon, Ian Robinson, Laura Jane Scott, Chris Sims, Barry Stedman, Kostas Synodis, Joella Wheatley

 

 

Perfectly Small2018-12-03T10:30:21+00:00

Photo London 2018

2019-03-27T14:14:46+00:00

May 2018, 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.

Work by:  Nikolai Ishchuk

Photo London 20182019-03-27T14:14:46+00:00

Inner Construct

2018-09-20T09:14:48+01:00
Feb 5th – 10th 2018
The Foundry Gallery 39 Old Church Street, London, SW3 5BS

Curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page

The notion of the inner construct immediately conjures references to frameworks, pathways and codes resulting from our external experiences. The writings of JG Ballard extend this beyond our experiences to consider the effects that our physical surroundings have on the psyche, projecting external reality onto the imaginative narrative.

“Does the angle between two walls have a happy ending?” JG Ballard

The curation of our dialogue takes this premise and selects work from four female artists, showing the fusion of both their inner and outer spaces. The built environment, nature and the cosmos are represented to form shared realities, based on the commonality of our inner states. Often, liminal spaces will act as metaphors for the parts of ourselves that we ignore, or of which we are unaware, and where the artists’ imaginations seek to remake their worlds.

Including work by Silvia Lerin, Matilde Damele and Joella Wheatley.

 

Inner Construct2018-09-20T09:14:48+01:00