Tickner Mclusky Bell & Young Gallery 46
Private View and Live 'Circle Drawing' Performance by Carali McCall on 10 November 2016 6 – 9 pm
Open to the public 11 – 24 November 2016
46 ASHFIELD STREET, London England United Kingdom
In November, Tickner Mclusky Bell & Young Gallery 46 presents an all-female group of artists whose work explores the evasive nature of memory and place – where they collide and what they conceal. topophobophilia is an exhibition that considers the poetic and practical possibilities of the body and the familiar spaces it inhabits, acting as the subject matter and connected point of origin of their work.
A sense of habitation, characterised by an intangible familiarity in the houses that punctuate Lee Matthews' paintings, intermingle with fragments of space and the possibility of time in Sara Berman's multipartite compositions of the curated self. Lauren Coullard and Paula Kamps oscillate dream-like between abstraction and figuration, as aspects of both practices come alive on paper and canvas. For Carali McCall, the artist's body and moment of provenance are key to the physical act of making work as a drawing performance. Meanwhile, Laura Davis's sculptures occupy the nooks and crannies of small spaces; and Silia Ka Tung's anthropomorphic sculpture, made from stuffed sewn material, becomes a site of figuration inhabiting space.
The group's work – which fills the eight, intimate and entwined rooms of the two adjoining Georgian houses that contains Gallery 46 – weaves together notions of space, place and memory, according to exhibition collaborator Paula Sankoff; they seek to challenge and comfort in equal measure.
First used by W.H. Auden in the 1940s, topophilia defines a love of place derived from history and memory and it is these fragments of experience and imagination that dangle from this group show. topophilia reminds us that the objects we hold on to and interior spaces that envelop us act as the structures to our very own museums of the self.
topophobophilia is the second instalment in Gallery 46’s opening series - a space that provides a platform for contemporary artists to showcase their works across media from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture and film. Housed in a unique architectural space of two adjoining Georgian houses, it is the natural home for an exhibition that is indebted to and in awe of the intimacy of place.
Installation views, Gallery 46, London England, United Kingdom