Mezzanine is an ongoing programme of exhibitions in which Green Ray curators invite artists to test new work and ideas on the mezzanine level of the gallery.
firstname.lastname@example.org acts as a subtle commemoration of the artist’s previous self (Emily Shepherd) and transition to Emily Furneaux. Due to her step father’s unexpected death in December 2013, Furneaux has decided to adopt his name and will sign the deed poll in a closed ceremony at Green Ray during the exhibition.
Furneaux is designating the mezzanine as her book, the chapters of which are art works that she made as Emily Shepherd between 2012 and 2015. These past works have been accumulated and reorganised in relation to her feelings of adopting a new name and moving into a future self in the same skin and bones. Punctuating the chapters of past work are the beginnings of new works that mark her move towards wider thoughts on Einstein, Alice in Wonderland, currency and time travel. In the room beneath the mezzanine, visitors will be able to read extracts of the chapters of Emily Shepherd’s book through access to her website and Facebook account.
The 78 Furneaux Islands are situated at the eastern end of Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. Emily hopes to stay alive until she is 78. Emily Furneaux (previously Shepherd) (b. 1985) is a Glasgow-based artist. Her practice incorporates fiction, narrative, personal experience, and place which she explores with wit and humour through a wide variety of media including paper model-making; film; drawing and installation. She has had solo exhibitions at MK Gallery (2014), WASPS Project Space (2013) and Telfer Gallery (2012), as well as several successful group exhibitions and commissions.
Trailer for a Remake of Chorus for Four is a teaser of Lea Collet & Marios Stamatis' project which will take place at Green Ray in January 2016. The upcoming work will explore the possibility of creating a physical script using a group of young participants; choreography; props and costumes. These will all be situated in a fluid mise-en-scene, connecting multiple bodies into a single voice.
In collaboration with .2dot, Trailer for a Remake of Chorus for Four will feature a group of performers each enacting a different role within a framework of the production of a spectacle. The performers will remake and restage performances developed within the last two years. The performers will use dialogue from television contests, Voguing and singing as a starting point to investigate the individual’s production of labour when applied to a collective body.
Lea Collet (b. 1989) & Marios Stamatis (b. 1986) live and work in London. They have collaborated since 2013 after graduating from Camberwell College of Arts. Lea Collet completed her MA Fine Art in 2015 at The Slade School of Fine Art.
Their work examines notions within and around the subjects of performativity and power structures in correlation with contemporary rituals, props and bodies in action. They often invite collaborators with various skill sets to participate in their performances creating a malleable stage for improvisation.
Recent shows and performances include Faith Dollars, Taxfree Imagination & Uptown Bliss and Chorus for Three at Assembly Point, 2015; I Never Lied to You and Into the Fold at Camberwell Space, 2015; Chorus for Two at Tara has no rooms inside, 2015; Ambiguity Symposium at The Showroom, 2015; The Book Club; V22; V&A (London, UK); Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland); Artiria (Lefkada, Greece); SITE (Stockholm, Sweden).
Green Ray's programming is generously supported by Goldsmiths Annual Fund