Exhibition

New Work Part II: Material

21 Jun 2018 – 28 Jul 2018

Event times

Wed - Sat: 12pm - 6pm

Cost of entry

Free

Cob Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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  • Camden Town Underground
  • Camden Road Overland

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MATERIAL brings together works from 24 international, emerging and established artists, who have become known for an unwavering experimentation in their application and manipulation of their chosen artistic materials.

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CAROLINE ACHAINTRE · ALICE ANDERSON · SAM AUSTEN · ANTONY CAIRNS · FERNANDO CASASEMPERE · XAVIER ROBLES DE MEDINA · NICK DOYLE · WILLA HILDITCH · HENRY HUDSON · KRISTINA HORNE · AGATA INGARDEN · ANN CATHRIN NOVEMBER HØIBO · RASMUS SØNDERGAARD JOHANNSEN · THOMAS LANGLEY · CAROLINE LARSEN · DEAN LEVIN · LINDSEY MENDICK · NISSA NISHIKAWA · IRVIN PASCAL · REN RI · MEEKYOUNG SHIN · LINNÉA SJÖBERG · GRAHAM WILSON · HIROSUKE YABE

Cob Gallery is pleased to present NEW WORK PART II: MATERIAL - a group show forming the second edition in a three-part exhibition series and following on from FORM earlier in 2018.

NEW WORK PART I, II, III: FORM, MATERIAL, SUBJECT will exhibit selected groups of international multidisciplinary artists who bring distinct voices and striking approaches to these three fields of enquiry.

The three-part series format is inspired by a programme devised at Green Gallery, New York. Between 1960 and 1965, curator Richard Bellamy chose to exhibit the work of emerging artists who were redefining what art was, taking it into new directions, and using materials and forms in innovative ways.

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MATERIAL brings together works from international, emerging and established artists, who have become known for an unwavering experiamentation in their application and manipulation of their chosen, more often than not, unconventional artistic materials. Presented as a meeting of painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography and mixed media works, this exhibition examines the dialogue between the organic versus the manufactured and the mechanical, as well as the unconventional use of common place or invented materials versus the traditional. 

The exhibition also presents a juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made- and through the prism of 'the artist's hand' opens up a wider discourse on man's interference on, and appropriation of, the natural world and the materials we extract from it.  Sculptures made from beeswax, caramel, soap, nettle fibre and human hair, are set against works constructed from manufactured material including steel, VHS tape, industrial waste, and copper wire.

A connoisseurship of specialised materials and techniques are presented through a roster of artists whose investigations are hinged to an expanded conceptual approach to traditional craft. Here, the artist's subverted approach to weaving, Nata carving, and ceramics challenge the traditional notions of craftsmanship, and its significance in a fine art context. Also presented are early photochemical processes that have been reinvigorated as an edition series created by a contemporary painter. 

Finally, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing are dissected through both the selection and application of materials and techniques. Three dimensional paintings, graphite drawings cast as sculpture, academic drawings depicting staged scenes of sculpture and painting, and photographs produced through e-ink screens, toy with formalism, and deliberately challenge the conventional attributes of traditional mediums.

MATERIAL is an exhibition which binds the artists on display in their collective fascination of the material wrought-ness of the art object- their mediums of choice are inextricable to their unique artistic aesthetic and pertinent to their conceptual practice. Similarly, there are artists who approach medium as synonymous with autobiographical or socio-political expression, and in ritualistic or performative application can be viewed as an extension of the psychoanalytical process.

Curators

Cassie Beadle from The Cob Gallery

Exhibiting artists

Kristina Horne

Fernando Casasempere

Irvin Pascal

Graham Wilson

Linnéa Sjöberg

Caroline Larsen

Nissa Nishikawa

Antony Cairns

Hirosuke Yabe

Alice Anderson

Sam Austen

Willa Hilditch

Meekyoung Shin

Caroline Achaintre

Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen

Henry Hudson

Ann Cathrin November Høibo

Thomas Langley

Dean Levin

Lindsey Mendick

Xavier Robles de Medina

Nick Doyle

Martin Lawrence Galleries

Agata Ingarden

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