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‘Humans are a product of the earth’s surface – dust of her dust. As the surface of the earth presents obstacles, so it offers channels for the easy movement of humanity.’
Geographer Ellen Semple
Art Seen is pleased to present the group exhibition 'I miss the land but does the land miss me?'
Participating artists: Panayiotis Doukanaris (CY), Carali McCall (CA), Henrietta Simson (UK), Amy Stephens (UK). By means of expanding painting and sculpture processes, the four artists in this exhibition explore the material spaces we inhabit;
Carali McCall uses the line as a drawing process to address time and energy executed through performance. By holding a piece of the physical landscape (a rock) she is interested in the act of endurance. In this exhibition, McCall and Stephens have collaborated with the indigenous landscape to shape a new performance on the opening evening with documentation and artworks that will remain in place for the duration of the show.
Panayiotis Doukanaris’ blank canvases embody the uncanniness of encountering an indeterminate landscape. In their transparent fragility, they paint the becoming of a place, the birth of the familiar and the emergence of a poetic encounter. The works offer a new approach to traditional methods of painting questioning the before and aftermath of a previous performance. The artist is also interested in the (re)configuration of collective and individual identities.
Henrietta Simson’s works disrupt the structures that have traditionally shaped how the landscape is viewed. This is achieved by stressing the material and the affective power of the image. The works on display play with illusion and embodied presence. They offer realist assumptions that draw out the connotations of care that accompany the categorising and collecting frameworks of the museum diorama.
Amy Stephens’ artwork is underpinned by geology and travel. The main focus of her practice is to re-appropriate and recycle objects from the immediate landscape. By elevating local artefacts, she offers an exchange of ideas and a new perspective about the everyday. All rocks and minerals come with their own story, but the abundance of any material can be a source of invisibility.
Tectonic plates are always on the move and therefore so is the process of building new territories and spaces in between. As a collective, the artists in this exhibition have worked alongside each other to bring an exhibition together that demonstrates a commitment to their chosen materials and to their relationship with time amongst the landscape.
Performance on Friday, 25th of November
by Carali McCall Performing Rock (Cyprus): Live Performance, 16:46 min, 8:30pm &
Performance on Saturday, 26th of November
Circle Drawing 2hr_min, (Cyprus): Live Performance, 11:30am Saturday 26 Nov 2022
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Born 1991. Larnaca
Living and working in Larnaca, Cyprus
MA Fine Art, Birmingham City University, UK (2016)
BA Fine Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR (2015)
Selected recent solo exhibitions include Contextile 2022 - Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, Guimaraes, Portugal (2022); Belonging, The Hunt Museum, curated by EIB Institution, Limerick, Ireland (2022); UKYA, Bjcem Biennale des Jeunes Createurs de l’Europe et de la Mediterranee, Nottingham, UK (2019); Painting Notes, Maria Stathi Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus (2018). Selected awards include funding from the Mike Holland Trust Award (2015); European Investment Bank, Artist Development Residency Programme, Luxembourg (2020). Panayiotis Doukanaris has artwork in the following public and private collections EIB Institute Art Collection; Cyprus National Collection of Contemporary Art; Luciano Benetton Collection, Imago Mundi Wonder Island.
Born 1981. Canada
Living in London U.K. and working between UK and Canada
BA (Hons), Art and Art History, University of Toronto, Canada (2005)
MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Art (2006)
PhD Central Saint Martins, London, UK (2014)
Selected exhibitions and live performances include: Again, and Again and Again: Serial Formats and Repetitive Actions, Vancouver Art Gallery (2012), Jerwood Drawing Prize (2017), An Arm’s Reach, Gryder Gallery (2019), Embody in Site, Out of Site (2022), Levels of Life: Photography, Imaging and the Vertical Perspective. LCC Gallery, London. Performing Rock, Wirksworth Art Festival (2022), Mañana Incierto, Bilbao Guggenheim Museum (2022). Publications include ‘Performance Drawing: New Practices since 1945’ Bloomsbury (2020), Now Nancy radio – Physicality (2022). ‘Artist as Athlete’ TRACEY (2022), Body, Space & Technology Journal Vol16 (2017), and forthcoming ‘On Blood’ No. 8, Performance Research Journal (2023). Positions and awards include Visiting Artist: Post Baccalaureate in Studio Lecture Series at Brandeis University, MFA in Studio Art, external examiner at Guelph University, Artist Residence, Centre for Recent Drawing, London (2021), Artist in Residence, SÍM, Iceland (2022), Artist Talk Performance Drawing at MASS Turps Banana, and Arts Council England funding for the performance-based project titled Run Vertical (Running up the Side of a Building).
Born 1971. Sussex
Lives and works in London
PhD, Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK (2017)
MA, Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK (2007)
BA (Hons), Fine Art, Bristol School of Art, UK (1993)
Selected solo shows include Tremenheere Gallery, Cornwall (2022); Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone (2018); HSBC Landscape Collection (2016); Cabin, London (2014), Volta New York (2010),; Man&Eve (2008). Group shows include John Moores Painting Prize (2010); New Contemporaries (2006); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2005 and 2012). Her research has been published by Routledge, Museums Forlaget, I.B. Tauris, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Aesthetica Magazine, University of Minnesota Press, and the Courtauld Institute, London. Selected awards include the Clare Winsten Memorial Award and the Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art (2007); The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture (2011); Of Earth, For Earth Artist’s Award Imp@ct Project, funded by EU Horizon research and innovation programme (2020); Research Staff Funding, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon, UAL (2015); The Jean Spencer and Malcolm Hughes Bursary, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2015 and 2012). Her work is held in collections in the UK, Italy, France, US and Czech Republic.
Born 1981. London
Living and working between London and Somerset, UK
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK (2008)
BA (Hons), Fine Art, University of Reading, UK (2005)
Selected recent solo exhibitions include Nature knows only colours, Maria Stathi Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus (2021); Land | Reland [Portland], Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon, US (2018); fig-futures, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2018); fig2 35/50, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2015). Selected awards include Research and Travel Grant, The Henry Moore Foundation, UK (2022); NiMAC, Artists’ Residency, Nicosia, Cyprus (2022); Artists’ International Development Fund, Arts Council England (2016); Triangle Network Award to Muscat, Oman with Gasworks, London, UK (2013); Irish Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2011). Amy Stephens has artwork in the following public collections; Canary Wharf Group Collection; David Ross Foundation; Groucho Club Collection; Grundy Art Gallery Collection; Irish Office of Public Works State Collection; Modern Forms Collection; Museo Federico Silva Collection; Oval Group Collection; Rothschild Collection; Soho House Global Collection; Unilever Collection; Villa Lena Foundation; Zabludowicz Collection.
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