It was a great pleasure to take part in SELF SERVICE exhibition of artists’ moving image in the atmospheric St John’s Crypt, Waterloo, London – A The London Group and Friends event Curated by Genetic Moo and David Theobald as part of Waterloo Festival 2019. Here are some photos of the event:
‘The age of automation will be the age of do it yourself”, Marshall McLuhan
More and more we are being asked to do things ourselves. From shopping to car insurance, services that traditionally required a human representative have been redesigned so that customers complete their business interacting only with machines. Some might argue this gives us more flexibility and choice and while others see us all becoming unpaid employees, required to do the work in order to access what we need.
Taking its lead from the check-out counters of supermarkets and petrol station forecourts, this exhibition brings together 20 moving image works that respond to this idea of ‘self-service’. Works were contributed by members of the London Group, invited artists and artists chosen from an open call in response to the title.
Self Service curators
10th to 16th June 2019 Daily, Mon-Sat 1-6pm and Sun 12-4pm Crypt of St John’s, 73 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY FREE Preview: Wed 12th June, 6-9pm
Artists are: Katerina Athanasopoulou, Steve Carley (LG), Sandra Crisp (LG), Vardit Goldner, Geeske Jansen, Helena Klakocar, Daniel McKee, MOCKSIM (LG), Genetic Moo (LG), Charlotte C Mortensson (LG), Svetlana Ochkovskaya, Piotr Piasta, Duncan Poulton, Sue Ridge, James Rosamond, Eric Schockmel, Alcaeus Spyro, David Theobald (LG)
More information and map on Waterloo Festival website HERE
Self Service is The London Group & Friends exhibition at Waterloo Festival 2019, more information HERE
Artists will be presenting talks on the 22nd from 6.00 – 8.00pm
This is a London Group exhibition showing diverse work from a selection of members: Wendy Anderson, Clive Burton, Ece Clarke, Peter Clossick, Sandra Crisp, Tricia Gillman, Susan Haire, Alexandra Harley, Alexander Hinks, Gillian Ingham, Matthew Kolakowski, Graham Mileson, Kathleen Mullaniff, Eugene Palmer, Claire Parrish, Ian Parker, Sumi Perera, Alexander Ramsay, David Redfern, Tommy Seaward, Suzan Swale, Paul Tecklenberg,Bill Watson, Erika Winstone, David Wiseman.
This month I’ve been experimenting with test prints on acrylic for forthcoming London Group LG@KCC exhibition at Kensington & Chelsea College, Hortensia Road, London, May 2019. I will be showing a large image from recent Blender 3d Vertictecture series.
Images from Vertitecture series use complex 3d structures populated with visuals downloaded from online searches for disparate contemporary themes such as *fake news* *Ebay kitsch* *global protests*. They were also created using a combination of diffuse and transparent surface textures so I’m looking at how the resulting varied transparencies can work best with the clear acrylic media – The idea is to take the image off the screen to a medium that has screen-like qualities and exploits artificial light or daylight, and integrates that into the work.
The image will use a process called Direct to Media UV Printing.
Direct to Media UV Printing is a large format, full colour plus white, ultra-fine inkjet printing process which allows artwork to be printed directly on to virtually any flat surface up to 3m x 2m and up to 50mm in depth, or larger sizes using roll-to-roll printing, giving artists greater flexibility in the production of larger works. The nine colour channels are loaded with CMYK plus two light colours alongside white and a varnish and separate primer.
Ultra-fine droplets of ink are deposited directly on to the printing media which is then almost instantly cured, or dried by UV (ultraviolet) light. The specially developed ink droplets are bonded to the surface of your chosen media – giving you a smooth, stable, abrasion resistant and long-lasting image which is weather-resistant for up to five years.
Genesis Imaging, London
In the first test (above) I tried out various gradient masks in image editing software before printing in order to make selected areas more transparent. However, it turned out that the image files could be printed without editing and the full range of transparency variations reproduced perfectly as faithful to the original image (below)
From the test print results, I also noticed that there can be an interesting random unpredictability in that sometimes solid white areas of the image print as totally transparent, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when the full-scale print is completed.
The final print will be 85 cm x 85 cm x 1 cm acrylic and mounted away from the wall by using wall posts to give the appearance of a suspended image.
LG@KCC exhibiting artists include: Wendy Anderson, Clive Burton, Ece Clarke, Peter Clossick, Sandra Crisp, Tricia Gillman, Susan Haire, Alexandra Harley, Alexander Hinks, Gillian Ingham, Matthew Kolakowski, Graham Mileson, Kathleen Mullaniff, Eugene Palmer, Claire Parrish, Ian Parker, Sumi Perera, Alexander Ramsay, David Redfern, Tommy Seaward, Suzan Swale, Paul Tecklenberg, Bill Watson, Erika Winstone, David Wiseman.
The event will take place at the SESI Gallery of Art, in Sao Paulo city June 26 to August 11, 2019. The GIF online program will be launched during the exhibition opening, on June 25.
Fragments of borrowed online visuals are collaged together and explore the limits of motion, transparency, compression & pattern dither texturing. Google Street View visuals and a large fuzzy mobile phone alongside web graphics, for example are layered/ compressed together and animated across an 8-frame timeline [1280 x 720 pixels].
Video of TWITTERSTORM by Sandra Crisp – A dynamic code-based projection incorporating live Twitter-feed on the ceiling of The Cello Factory during ‘In the Dark‘ exhibition, London, January 2019.
The Twitter live-feed (viewed as a horizontal banner of scrolling white text) connects to Twitter API and downloads tweets that use specific hashtags including: #brexit #trump #fakenews #cat #banana #topNews #onThisday
Visitors to the exhibition could also use the Twitter hashtag #cellonews to interact with the work via Twitter.
Twitterstorm is loosely based on artist Jenny Holzer’s Truisms
Viewed in the modern day, Truisms reads like an insistent, torrential Twitter feed.
(Many thanks to Tim for help with the coding and Nicola for the photo & video)
Delighted to be included in this great show alongside some fantastic artists:
IN THE DARK
17 , 18 & 19 January (2-6pm) 2019
PV Thursday 17th 6-8pm
The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, London SE1 8TJ
The show is on for 3 days only, with a performance led PV night, followed by a day of workshops, talks and music.
The London Group plunges into the darkness of a blacked out Cello Factory in its latest daring show.
This short experimental show combines The London Group, the Computer Arts Society and Lumen Prize. All the artworks generate their own light with interlinking projections turning the whole exhibition into an installation.
CAS are displaying networked Raspberry Pi’s and flat screen monitors embedded in light boxes. Lumen Prize have commissioned winning student artist Ziwei Wu to make a furry installation.
Several works touch on the idea of death or decay; dying planets, forensic and x-ray photographs, Memento Mori’s for TV. Do these grim pieces reflect the current mood or are they natural responses to the call In the Dark? Vorticist glow worms and twitter storms will create a dynamic and apocalyptical firmament.
Genetic Moo/ The London Group+
Full list of artists involved : The London Group : Genetic Moo, Susan Haire, Suzan Swale, Tommy Seaward, Cadi Froehlich, Jockel Liess, Paul Tecklenberg, Clive Burton, Angela Eames, Almuth Tebbenhof, Bryan Benge, Stephen Carley, Sandra Crisp, Erika Winstone, Ian Parker, Amanda Loomes, Eric Fong, David Theobald Computer Arts Society : Nick Lambert, Paul Brown, Sean Clark, Ernest Edmonds, boredomresearch, Andy Lomas, Esther Rollinson. Lumen Prize : Ziwei Wu + Matteo Zamagni, Grayson Cooke, boredomresearch, Mike Pelletier, Francois-Xavier de Costerd, Universal Everything, Lukas Marxt. Performers : Fay Burnett, Birgitta Hosea & Fanny Cox
One of my direct-to-media prints on perspex ‘hashtag_mandala_2’ from Kinetic Collage series will be included in The London Group Annual Exhibition alongside diverse work from 50+ LG members.
Painting, photography and other 2D media, sculpture and digital works will be hosted by The Cello Factory at Waterloo from the 5th to the 14th of December, and members will be presenting talks on selected works on the 14th from 6-8pm.
Open from 2-6pm daily
The Cello Factory, 33-34, Cornwall Road, London, SE1 8TJ
Special Event: 14 December 6-8pm Members will be presenting talks on selected works.
‘The London Group, founded in 1913, was formed of an enlarged Camden Town Group, the English Vorticists and other independent artists. Founder members included Wyndham Lewis, Sickert, Bomberg, Gaudier- Brzeska and Epstein who coined The London Group name. Unusually for its time it had women members – from its inception. The Group has shown at least once a year throughout its existence, including during both World Wars and this is our ninth exhibition this year – a record for the Group. We are described by Michael Strain (Art UK, Dec. 2017) as ‘A group of quality and great diversity. Most of the great British artists for more than 100 years have been members’.