27 June – 19 July, 2013
Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London
Pamina Brassey – Tatty Devine – Vicky Hawkins – Jeff McMillan – Carol McNicoll – Helen O’Keefe – Peter Randall-Page – Allegra Rose – Catherine Shakespeare Lane – Jake Tilson – Jessica Voorsanger – Silvia Ziranek
MAKING ART is a collaboration between established independent art advisor, SANDRA HIGGINS, and acclaimed perfomance artist, SILVIA ZIRANEK. As part of her on-going cultural programme at her Gallery Petit, Higgins has invited Ziranek to co-curate this exhibition.
‘Work about working, work about making (art): sewing; sawing; sticking; dipping; welding; spelling; printing; painting; framing; shooting; sculpting. Colour, shape and form – and how art’s made.A sense of life, of light, of joy in the creative process unites this exhibition and its twelve makers.’
Pamina Brassey – ‘Pamina takes objects out of context to design playful silver jewellery. From architectural ruins to pasta, smashed car windscreens to nut and bolts, her sterling silver interpretations (including literal use of recycled glass in some), appeal to her rebel aesthetic while making them precious and highlighting their unexpected beauty as body adornment.’
Tatty Devine is an independent British company designing and micro- manufacturing original jewellery in the UK.Their standout designs are all about expressing yourself in a fun and distinctive way. Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden founded Tatty Devine in 1999 and they continue to run the company from a studio in London’s East End, where it all started. Harriet and Rosie have built a global success story with their unique take on jewellery.They work collaboratively and manage a team of 30 and have recently been honored with MBEs.
Vicky Hawkins – ‘Dreams, cherished childhood memories, birth, the gorgeousness of life, death. I am a storyteller these are my subjects. I make my stories using paint, vintage photographs, fabrics, dolls, alphabet pasta, short, darkly comic films and limited editions of hand made books.’
Jeff McMillan was born in the US and has lived and worked in London since 1998. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the US and UK including the John Moores Painting Prize in Liverpool (2002, 2004, 2006) and he has recently held one-person exhibitions at Four All Saints(2011), London, Kinzelman Fine Art, Houston, and PEER, London (2009). He creates new paintings by marrying found forms or images such as second-hand canvases or antique engravings with rich, physical paint.
Carol McNicoll – ‘My work is always conceived as inhabiting the domestic environment, for me the home is both the most demanding and the most exciting environment in which to place work. All my work is functional, I love the fact that an object changes when it is used, put fruit in a dish about war and it says something completely different. I use my work to rant I hope in an entertaining way about the issues that both annoy and amuse me. In this series of work I have incorporated some of it in the pieces, which for some unknown reason all seem to be concerned with the military industrial complex.’
Helen O’Keefe – ‘Colour is my life. I’m greatly influenced by the wonderful colours found in India, in all aspects of life – rich but subtle colours in off-beat combinations are around every corner. In my plexiglass and mirror boxes I create multi-layered images in mixed media. The reflections shift and alter as the viewer moves around and the viewer’s image itself becomes part of the picture.These are works always in progress.’
During the past 30 years Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large scale commissions and exhibited widely. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.
Allegra Rose’s work is collaged based and includes photo, digital print as well as screen print.The uniqueness comes from oiling the layers so that translucency is achieved. Some of the pieces are bordered in antique pianola paper to complement the underlying music score. Allegra’s love of colour ranges from fluorescent to sepia tones and subject matter includes London with a nod towards the droll. Some of her work has been compared to Palimpsests.
Catherine Shakespeare Lane’s work under the title Modern Archaeology is about collections of lost and found objects and images. Following in the tradition of artists such as Warhol, Blake, Hamilton and Paolozzi, CSL has used borrowed images in tandem with her own. From ruined and neglected places CSL finds her images and objects often affected by accident and the elements. PARTICLES is a scanned 35m transparency found barely protected by its glass and plastic mount.
Jake Tilson is an artist, designer and writer. A pioneer of early website design, including THE COOKER 1994, Tilson also founded the influential arts magazine ATLAS in 1984. His cookbook, A TALE OF 12 KITCHENS, won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award and was shortlisted for both the Andre Simon Award and the Glenfiddich Award. He has made shoe designs for Paul Smith and a work from his exhibition, A Net of Eels, was bought by the Tate Gallery Collection. His publications were praised by Vogue for being ‘crammed with messages, mementoes and visual clues to our culture, ephemera collaged into the spirit of the age, a map of its geography.’
Jessica Voorsanger explores the concept of celebrity within popular culture through obsession, fans, and media representation. She makes works in a variety of media ranging from painting to performance. The projects themselves often dictate the medium that is most appropriate.
Silvia Ziranek – With a history in text and textiles, I aim to address form, function, colour, humour, scale, personal politics, and a sense of the absurdity of normality. Best known for my bespoke performances, my most recent photographic works embrace a particular sense of perception combined with modern vintage design.
Special Event Wednesday 10 July, 7pm, promptly
Performance by Silvia Ziranek with a special appearance of the celebrated talents of the esteemed poet John James.