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Exhibitions: 2007
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Photographing Talent

Portraits by Mike Stone

26 November - 7 December 2007

From the wealthiest men in the world to the dentally challenged in Essex these portraits by London-based portrait photographer Mike Stone cover a lot of ground, his subjects are often leaders in business, politics and the arts and have been published in magazines around the globe.

Always arresting and full of humour, even the Black & White images are colourful; this small collection of portraits provides an entertaining perspective on personalities that may not always be familiar but who all have extraordinary talent.

For the harmony and tranquility of mankind

12-23 November 2007

Works by Vincenzo Balsamo Nicholas Socrates Edith Temmel, Elizabeth Klanga, Wolfgang Becksteiner, Martina Schumacher, R. Batty W. Mitchell a.o. curated by Dr Helga Fox

WARMING!

by Aura Balanescu

29 October - 9 November

Aura Balanescu is artist in residence at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. WARMING! is a site-specific installation dealing with the profound changes in the climate and environment caused by global warming.

 

 

 

Institutul Cultural Roman Londra In association with the Romanian Cultural Institute in London

 

Paintings by João Vaz de Carvalho

15-26 October

João Vaz de Carvalho was born in 1958, at Fundão, at the time a small rural village located in the centre of Portugal.

After having worked a few years at the studio of the painter and sculptor Vasco Berardo, in Coimbra he started solo exhibitions in 1987. He moved to Lisbon and from then on he has had dozens of exhibitions in Lisbon art galleries and through them has been present in several contemporary art fairs.

Apart from his work as a painter with an individual discourse he has also made his own way in press and childrens book illustration.  He has, as such, cooperated with most of the major Portuguese press titles and also illustrated several books for children.  In 2005, he was awarded the International Biennale of Childrens Illustration - ILUSTRARTE - prize out of 920 illustrators from all over the world.

His work is characterized by a unique figurative language reflecting both memories and absurdity.  Figures in his paintings are individual pieces which may be assembled or interact, which may create unexpected, funny situations, plenty of a silent humour, and may always evoke some moments of our lives.

Exhibition organised with the Portuguese Embassy in London to mark Portugal's Presidency of the EU

Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU

'The World Gone Pear-Shaped'

Sculptures by Deborah van der Beek

1 - 12 October 2007

Deborah van der Beek was born in London and divided her childhood between the riding stable and the British Museum. Her communist father was French: her mother English. Loath to be straitjacketed into the prevailing art college orthodoxies, she failed to find direction at Central St Martin’s and in Cambridge and Cardiff, and combined her child-rearing years with writing and illustrating children’s books. She came to sculpture about ten years ago with an already mature artistic vision and swiftly attracted notice. As the critic Peter Davies has written, her sculpture “stands out for its compelling mixture of potent thematic content and brisk, expressive handling of form.”

For its directness and tactile qualities, her preferred medium is clay. She also works in the rather difficult medium of ciment fondu; most of the bronzes in this exhibition were cast from that. The typically craggy intricate surfaces are a challenge for the mould-maker and call for expert foundry work.

Naturally inclined to side with the underdog, one of her recurrent subjects has been the counter-cultural icon, Ned Kelly, whom she reads as a victim of prejudice and poverty in nineteenth century Australia. Another preoccupation has been power, be it the animal power of the bull and horse with their age-old mythical resonance, the female assertiveness of the Amazon warriors of ancient legend, or the sexual power of Salome or the sheela-na-gig, the ancient Celtic fertility symbol. To Deborah “the psychological truths found in myth and legend are as true and tellable in art today as ever they were”.

In Peter Davies’s view, her “natural technical ability…conspires with a knack for manipulating the emotive or universally-potent subject to produce what will surely become an enduring set of memorable images.”

Paintings by Anne Cartier

17 - 28 September 2007

Anne Cartier is a French artist who has lived in London since 1984 with a stint in New York, where she attended the Art Students League on W57th Street.

Her areas of particular interest are still life and trompe l'oeil.

Anne has always been fascinated by Dutch and Spanish masters such as Pieter Claesz, Peter Gysels, Luiz Melendez, Ruan Fernandez and Francisco de Zurbaran. Like theirs, her still life work builds from a dark, sometimes mystical backdrop and fashions everyday items in a compelling way. She loves to study the play of light and shade on different surfaces and contrasts glass, china, fruit and vegetables in soothing compositions.

For trompe l'oeil she either paints on MDF or directly on walls a range of subjects, always including everyday items. An avid reader, Anne also delights in painting books and everyday objects; thus giving the viewer a glimpse of her own or her patrons' personalities.

The Grey Series

A portrait of Sir Denis Mahon and other new paintings by Francesco Gonzales

Curated by Marco Rosci

3 - 14 September 2007

Francesco Gonzales’s research has found in portraiture and in the study of the human figure, the ideal space to conduct his artistic experimentation. Portraiture is intended here as an urgent and contemporary need to know and investigate others. Portraiture is an experiment, a study of character and of diversity.

The word “eclecticism” has often been used to describe this artist. Eclecticism is a word which became obsolete towards the end of this century, and although it may sound old fashioned, it is modern society, with its insecurities and impermanence, which affects the artist and his creation. He is in constant search of new expressive forms which depict our way of life, representing the difficult balance between haunting memories of the past and future illusions. The knowledge and study of historical art is the emotional and technical background which the artist has adopted and then brought to his canvases creating his own original style.

In what will be his first solo exhibition in London, Francesco Gonzales will show a collection of paintings created especially for this event, a sequence of portraits of people he met and socialised with in London this past year. We can see his friend Sir Denis Mahon, with whom he organised the Guercino exhibition (San Francesco ritrovato del Guercino) at the FoundlingMuseum, his artist friends, ordinary people, and those he met by chance. The artist connects with these faces and through his brush strokes creates an artistic dialogue, stubbornly representing reality, without giving way to trends and adapting to the art market. 

Italian Cultural Institute In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in the UK.

Supported by The Italian Ministry for the Arts, Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Novara Assessorato al Turismo.

Sponsored by CEPU.

Panayiotis Kalorkoti

16-27 July 2007

Panayiotis Kalorkoti was born in 1957 in Ayios Amvrossios, Cyprus.He has had a number of exhibitions in Britain and abroad which include the Imperial War Museum, London, The National Portrait Gallery, London, and The National Garden Festival, Gateshead. His work is held in a number of public collections. He has been a practicing artist for over two decades and has exhibited regularly in a number of public Galleries and Museums both in this country and abroad. During the last few years he has had fouteen catalogues produced which supported his exhibitions. Each publication has a text and writers have included Edward Lucie-Smith, Norbert Lynton, Frank Whitford, Mel Gooding, Timothy Hyman, Roger Cardinal and Andrew Lambirth.

 

IN association with the Cyprus High Commission in the UK

Cyprus High Commission

Refugee Stories

3 - 13 July 2007

Joslin Towler is an artist whose subject matter revolves around the human body, specifically her own. However, in this current exhibition she is portraying virtual strangers around her.

Like a war artist, Joslin Towler visited open centres for asylum seekers, and got to know people without papers who were seeking sanctuary in churches. She researched detention centres, meeting with those who provide counsel on the inside and met refugees who came forward to recount their integration success.

The quotations that frame the artwork come from the transcripts of interviews conducted as part of the Refugee Stories Project by ECRE, (European Council on Refugees and Exiles).

The photographs for this artwork were taken on the streets in Belgium, in the occupied churches and in the Petit Château, an asylum centre near St. Catherine in Brussels. They are of people from behind, objects that reflect the institutional nature of the people's lives, and of individuals' belongings. Some people were unwilling to reveal their identity by posing for a photograph; others are delighted to come forward, happily integrated into European society. The absence of the person represents their invisibility when locked away from society, the people photographed from behind represent those who have not been granted asylum status: part of our society and yet not, always running, sometimes hiding, in constant fear of deportation. The full portraits represent those who feel welcomed by their host country and are settling into a new home.

This is a travelling exhibition which spent four months in Brussels and will also travel to Scotland. Joslin Towler is an international artist born and brought up in Cumbria. She received her MFA at Glasgow School of Art and has spent the last seven years as an artist living and working in Brussels, Belgium. For more details of the artist please visit her website at www.joslin.be

PROJECT SURPRISE artists’ collective present:

Father’s Footsteps…a sailor and a saxophone
Two journeys through Europe.  1956 & 2006
Audio
-Visual Exhibition

19 – 29 June 2007

At the turn of the millennium, on a dusty shelf, a musician discovered a diary her late father had written in 1956.  The young sailor detailed his extraordinary post war journey from HMS Surprise in Malta, through Europe, and back to England where he was demobbed. He was accompanied by a shipmate and their Captain’s German au pair, and documented their journey with a fountain pen in an old exercise book.  The musician, inspired by the sailor's words, followed in his footsteps fifty years later with a group of artists, and documented the Project Surprise journey with music.  She travelled with her saxophone and a mini disc recorder, gathering ideas for the soundtrack, which you will hear amplified around the gallery as an atmospheric musical sketchbook. The music will unite evocative photographs and artefacts from the two adventures. Past and present come together initiating a dialogue for the future.

www.projectsurprise.com

Chechnya through the eyes of its children

Exhibition of photographs organised by UNICEF

22 May - 15 June 2007

An exhibition of photos taken by Chechen children as part of a UNICEF-run photographic workshop for young people in Chechnya.

Children were trained in photography by UNICEF with the EC support, the exhibition reflects life in Chechnya as children see it.

"These photographs remind us in a powerful way that, despite the physical destruction, the destitution and the personal suffering that have affected the lives of ordinary people in Chechnya, a whole generation of children is living there right now."

A gory state at Storey's Gate

The European folk tale: paintings, drawings and prints by Sophie Herxheimer

25 April – extended to 17 May

The work in this show uses those unexpected magical qualities and elements that you find in fairy tales and juxtaposes them with everyday life. This is done as unconsciously as possible; like fairy tales the work doesn’t want to be taken literally, that can shatter the illusion.

An ideal, parallel universe is created to contrast with daily domestic life. The same concerns (cooking, cleaning, going to work, family life, and being in love) are addressed in a stream of symbolic, visual, and action-packed events.

Sophie Herxheimer says that the template of the European fairy tale is “...part of the inside of my brain! All the stories are different, and yet there is a link between them all: you always know when you are in one. They also make a wonderful source of material and inspiration.”

Working as freely as possible from her imagination, Sophie uses ink on paper, as it suits the rapid spontaneity of her ideas. Oil paintings and etchings, though slower, help construct another world for people to enter. Most recently, Sophie has been making lino cuts to print onto blank copies of The Brothers Grimm (conveniently produced by Penguin in time for this show).

Sophie Herxheimer’s work is animated with colour, humour, and vitality; she takes on the wealth of the oral tradition and redelivers it in a totally original voice. The prints have an untamed graphic flair; the paintings have a poetic quality. They contain metaphorical objects and carry tangential titles such as ‘This is the 70s when everything was normal’ - part of the Hansel and Gretel series - showing a tiny family on a green ground with a brown and candy-pink house. Sophie sites diverse influences for her work: films by Almodovar and Jane Campion, the Persepolis books by Marjane Satrapi, the Russian Futurists, Shiko Munakata,  and, of course, The Simpsons.

The love for craft is back!

Paintings by Konstanze Siegemund

10 - 20 April 2007

Konstanze Siegemund’s work is all about the love for craft and the pleasure of looking.

In a world where everything is for sale and fiction has taken over reality, Konstanze Siegemund’s work demands for an ancestral way to look and connect with art. As a woman painter Siegemund’s love for landscape and nature is of a poetic and subtle kind. Her paintings explore the traditional genre of Landscape and are aiming for authenticity.

In today’s loudness and directness, such an appeal to visuality and the pleasure of looking are at risk and became almost forgotten qualities. Deeply rooted in her craft, and devoted to technique, Kontanze Siegemund’s paintings require time on behalf of the viewer. Pulling him into an introspective silence, her paintings aim for the sublime once more and invite us to exercise the pleasure of looking.

Konstanze Siegemund’s work deliberately offers an opening for reflection. Only when you commit to “see” her paintings and render to the time they require, you will be able to grasp the strength and passion that lie underneath.

The stillness in these works is talking about the passing of time and its gentle effects. By obsessively working about the monochrome, Konstanze Siegemund’s shades of green are exploring deep layers of meaning, reinforced by her meticulous technique.

Against (but aware of) today’s velocity, the silence and poetry in Konstanze Siegemund´s paintings can be thought of as a statement. It is opposing superficiality, fashion, and is deeply linked to a mature way of understanding and relating to art.

German EU Presidency 2007 In association with the German Embassy in the UK.

"The Best of Contemporary European Art"

Curated by Helga Fox

20 March - 5 April 2007

Works by Maria Mulas, Bertrand Lavier, Paul Marks, Thomas Reinhold, Martina Schumacher, William Mitchell, Antoni Tapies, Duncan, Christoph Schmidberger, Jens Reulecke, and The Icelandic Love Group.

Works by outstanding and award-winning artists include Maria Mulas', the renowned Italian photographer, photographs of famous people and unique situations; London-born artist Paul Marks is showing amazing works of glass mosaic and free-hand drawings of evocative eye-deceiving lines and contours that have a formulaic structure; the very talented young Austrian artist Christoph Schmidberger, who now lives and works in LA, reflect the ultimate in Contemporary European Art; Martina Schumacher from Berlin will present a large acrylic circular mirror of enthralling shapes of perfect geometrical lines and patterns derived from mandala compositions, in which the imaginary and the real mingle; the work of Duncan from the Netherlands is highly charged with symbolism.  He projects transcendental meaning and complex philosophical theories onto canvas. His very rich and vivid colours are remeniscent of Kandinsky; the promising Glaswegian artist William Mitchell is capturing significant moments of time on canvas in a series of paintings called 'periphery', and the works of Thomas Reinhold reflect the 'nature of painting' on the one hand deal with the perceptive mind in a selection of works entitled 'rod cells and cones' on the other. There is a great variety of excellent works in this exhibition of outstanding  contemporary European artists.

German EU Presidency 2007 In association with the German Embassy in the UK.

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

Photographs by Carola Syz Sarzi-Amade

5-16 March 2007

The series Yin & Yang was shot in Beijing early this year at 798 Space, a discarded Soviet-era industrial complex, now housing some of China’s trendiest artists.   More >>

People of Palawan

People of Palawan

Photographs by Katherine Jack

23 January - 5 February 2007

Palawan is the largest of nearly 1,800 islands in Palawan Province, the westernmost part of the Philippines. The exhibition serves as an introduction to the cultures and traditions that have survived on this island. It contains portraits of the Pala’wan, Tagbanua and Cuyonon. Both colour and black/white images show people living their everyday lives - fishing, weaving, playing traditional music and at rest. The exhibition also includes vibrant images are of the annual Baragatan street dancing festival.

Background

Sohie Sarin's 'Chaos to Order'Sophie Sarin was the first artist to exhibit at the European Commission's offices, in December 2005, with her show 'Chaos to Order'. There followed exhibitions throughout 2006 with artists from all over Europe (and beyond) working in media such as film, sculpture, photography and paint. For a complete list of shows in 2006 click here.

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