Hannah Rowan: Prima Materia

10 May 2019 – 15 Jun 2019

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United Kingdom, United Kingdom


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  • Peckham Bus Station and Peckham Library
  • Queens Road Peckham and Peckham Rye
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Assembly Point is delighted to present Prima Materia, an exhibition of new work by Hannah Rowan. Prima Materia is an installation of interconnecting systems that speculate on the origins and many shifting states of water.


The exhibition takes its name from a formless primeval substance, regarded in alchemy as the first matter and the ubiquitous starting material of the universe. This new body of work will continue the artist’s exploration into the relationships between fluidity, ephemerality, geology and technology.

Constructed ecologies will circulate and weave together, time will flow through materials in various states of becoming and entropy; ice melting, water flowing, iron rusting and salt crystals forming. Cosmological and organic entities will move through material states and multiple timescales.

Hannah Rowan is an artist whose sculptural works and installations meditate on the relationship between the epic span of geological time within natural processes and the fast paced, technology-driven frenetic activity of humans. She works with a wide array of synthetic and organic materials in her ephemeral, multifaceted constructions. Rowan lives and works in London, she received her Masters in Sculpture from Royal College of Art London and her BA (hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London.

Recent shows include ‘Becoming Lithocene’, Walter Phillips Satellite Space, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada (2019); ‘I’m in the Bath of All Fours, Towards Blue Water (My Nose is Bleeding)’, Well Projects, Margate (2019); ‘Site Work’, Experimental Gallery Cornell University, Utica, US (2019); ‘Bodies of Water: Age of Fluidity’ (solo), White Crypt, London (2018); ‘Oikos Logos’, Enclave Lab, London (2018); ‘Wild Within’, Guest Projects, London (2018); ‘The Roger Ailes Memorial Show: Fair and Balanced?’, Yours Mine and Ours Gallery, New York, US (2017). Rowan has attended residencies at The Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden; The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; The Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson and The Wassaic Project. She is recipient of the Gilbert Bayes Scholarship in Sculpture (2018) and the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (2017) for her research in the Atacama Desert. She is contributing writer to ‘The Earth Issue 003 Manifesto’ and is a featured Artist in ‘Perpetual Inventory Vol III’, published by Offline Press. In June 2019 she will be part of the Arctic Circle: Arts and Sciences Residency in Svalbard.

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