The Open Studios Session is the first in a series of events hosted by The Sassoon Gallery, which aims to explore the relationship between the artist, their personal studio practise, and the notion of contemporary display. The Sassoon Gallery will invite a range of practising artists to inhabit the Sassoon space and utilise it in the form of miniature residency. The artists in question will be asked to use the space as their studio whilst producing an artwork during the show - encouraging the audience to be able to see the transformation and question the relationship between artist, the production of work and the studio.
The first invited artist to participate is Kate Russo. Russo's work explores the dynamics of both revealing and concealing colour. Kate's recent work is occupied with sites of memory and fictional domesticities. For The Sassoon Gallery Russo plans to highlight using pattern and assemblage, spaces that play with topography, temporal memories and fictional pasts. Russo will outline each brick within the gallery arch using coloured pencils. By reacting to the site of the gallery and transforming its functionality Russo asks; how might the act of tracing highlight the components of the internal gallery structure becoming a retrieval or intervention into mapping and understanding a site?
During the fortnightly transformation the Open Studios Session will hold a mid-way discussion whereby Russo will act out a performance linked to the exhibition. The audience will be encouraged to participate in an informal debate questioning the tensions between the production of work and its emphasis on process and site-specificity.
If you are interested in participating in our forthcoming Open
Studios Sessions or would like more information about the current
showcase please contact Danielle Admiss at The Sassoon Gallery.