For the last time the Loopart artist-in-residence programme located in Deptford will open its doors to the public before the current premises is demolished. The exhibition 'Last one to leave turn out the lights' brings together 11 artists from diverse backgrounds working with different media. Their one connecting link is the studio, the shared working environment, that served as a platform for their creative exchange during the last 6 months. The title refers to both the imminent demolition of the space as well as the note hanging beside the door of the studio.
As different as their works may be, surprising thematic similarities in their investigations have arisen. The human condition in modern day life recurs throughout; identification processes and constitution of self, individualisation and uniformity, moments of distortion and disorientation, ideas of belonging and community, and the voyeuristic self. Other works engage in a critical interrogation of socio-economical and geo-political changes, such as housing problems, gentrification, or exploitation of planet earth and its effects. While most of the works refer to something external of them self as an object of art, others are process-oriented and are comprised of a formal investigation of texture, form and materiality as well as playing with our sense of perception. Through this diverse set of artistic practices and thematic approaches, the works on display emphasise once more the artists' role as seismograph of current events.
A site-specific performance by Helena Eflerova concerning the gentrification of the neighbourhood beside Creekside in Deptford will be held at the opening 2 May, 7.30 pm.
Emily Crookshank, Eldi Dundee, Helena Eflerova, Matthew Goodsmith, Sara Heywood, Evy Jokhova, Louise Oates, Leardo Sciacoviello, Luisa Spina, Brigid Vidler, Yi Xin Yan