Strobe Maneuvre

30 Aug 2015 – 17 Sep 2015

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by appointment only

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Unit 3 Projects

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus 323 from Mile End Station
  • Bromley-by-Bow on the District Line
  • Devons Road on the DLR

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A painting exhibition in the dark showing the work of Box, Molloy and Sweeney


Dark / Strobe Manoeuvre / Unseen (new one.. after dark…)

Ah the lazers!!!!

Or just .. I can generally make things glow and radiate stuff.

Lightly does it
Massive contrast

Thick light but maybe it’s a bit
too ambiguous and atmospheric.

What about…
Take a strobe to the dark side

I’m extremely partial to general out pourings
It’s great to have a good outlet for it - candyfloss or other!

Strobe Maneuvre is a multi-disciplinary painting exhibition, showing the work of Abigail Box, Rebecca Molloy and Kelly Sweeney. The exhibition is staged in the dark, with the space and work illuminated by a blue lamp and strobe. This exhibition plays with our perceptions of painting as the work sits within a dark and strange environment; Rebecca Molloy’s sculptural video piece looks at the body, sensations and materiality of paint, whilst Kelly Sweeney’s painting and sculpture embodies the unknown and the menacing. Abigail Box’s subtly diminishing paintings become less apparent under the guise of the strobe and explore ideas of abstraction, layers and depth.

Strobe Maneuvre invites the viewer to see painting in a new light, with the ominous and grotesque peering over your shoulder, the exhibition is unsettling and aims for the viewer to be thrusted into a dark and fragmented world. With phallic sculptures that interrupt the space and painterly neon marks that hide and sing in the light of the strobe, this exhibition plays with the senses and our understanding of paint. Strobe Maneuvre purposefully disturbs and challenges the viewing experience but aims to also be playful, after all, a room with a strobe must mean a party … strange things definitely happen in the dark.

Installation footage of the exhibition can be viewed here:

Artist Information
Abigail Box (b.1985, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts having studied one year at Glasgow School of Art in Sculpture and Environmental Design (2004). Box’s Solo exhibitions include: Floored, Pop-Up at 39 Great Windmill St London (2014), Loud Light, ASC Window Space London (2013) and Call of the Wild, Identity Art Gallery Hong Kong (2012). Box has most recently exhibited in group exhibitions such as Painting the Future, Contemporary Collective (2015), Lynn Painter Stainers Prize (2015) Of this Earth, Yarrow Gallery Oundle (2014) and Burning Bright, Saatchi Suit Hyatt Hotel London (2013). Box was recently an artist in residence at the Trelex Residency, Switzerland (2015) and Contemporary Collective Residency, London (2013). Box’s work has been included in publications such as MTV RE:DEFINE (2014), PHOENIX Magazine (2013), Londonist (2012) and FAD (2012). Alongside her own work Box helps to run a programme of exhibitions and events at artist led space Unit 3 Projects.

After graduating with a First in Fine Art from Nottingham in 2000, Kelly Sweeney (b.1977, UK) has recently completed an MA at College of Arts (2014). Last year saw the artist selected for Zeitgeist, shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries and awarded the Art Patrons Bursary from UAL. Recent exhibitions include ‘Strobe Maneuvre’ at Unit 3 in London and ‘Painted Surfaces’ at Surface Gallery in Nottingham. Kelly Sweeney has also been selected as a finalist for the HIX award 2015, currently on show at Cock n Bull Gallery, London and Zeitgeist which opens in September. The artist lives and works in London.

Rebecca Molloy (b.1985, UK) lives and works in London. After graduating with a BA in Fine Art at Coventry University (2008) she went onto complete an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (2014). At the beginning of 2015 Molloy undertook the Trelex Residency in Switzerland, which formed the basis of the work shown in her solo show ‘Till Death do us Party’ at the VITRINE Gallery, Bermondsey Square. Upon return from the Trelex Residency, Molloy began the artist in residency program at the City and Guilds of London Art School (Feb – Sep 2015) which will culminate in a group exhibition (Sep 2015) Recent group exhibitions include; Collaborate!, Oriel Sycarth Gallery, Gylndwr University (2015), Pretty Peeved, Unit 3 Projects, London (2015), Office Party, Anchorage House, London (2014), Repre LDN---> NYC, The Tugboat Tea Company, New York (2014), HIX Award, The Cock n Bull Gallery, London (2014) and Species of Space/s and Other Pieces, The Cookhouse Gallery, London (2014), During 2015 Molloy was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Award and has been included in publications such as Hestetika Magazine (2015) and Looking at Painting (2014)

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Exhibiting artists

Rebecca Molloy

Abi Box

Abi Box

Kelly Sweeney


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