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Celestial Talking

By: Jonas Ranson

The following blog has acted as a pre cursor to the exhibition Celestial Contrakt which opened on the 12th November at Schwartz Gallery, Hackney Wick, and is now in it's fourth week. Curated by Christina Mitrentse and Jonas Ranson the show has brought together works by 10 National and International artist's.  Schwartz projects are known for a series of strong and dynamic shows which have seen the introduction of a flexible exhibition-making strategy in line with current curatorial debate. 

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# 18 [2 December 2009]

Celestial Contakt Documentation Installation shots Novemeber 2009

In these photographs:

Nikos Alexiou Grid . Installation, variable dimensions . Paper, bamboo, linen, black enamel

Lee Wagstaff Birth/Shroud . Blood on linen . 2003

Marc Wayland Foetal at Forty . Digital print on silk . 2004

Christina Mitrentse Constellation . Diamond pins, fabric, bed.  2007-2009

Jonas Ranson Apotrope . Screen print on mirror glass and board . Edition of 3 . 2009 . Berührt - Verführt ( Diptych ) . Screen-print on paper and board . Edition of 5 . 2009

Stine Ljungdalh The Bull as Alchemia, Examines the Alchemistic quote: ‘Marriage gum with gum in true Marriage . C-type, Art no. 00A1871 ( Kindly lent by The Hunting Society's Art Collection ) . 2009

Dominic Allan Whore . Kid’s bicycle saddle, joggle eyes . 2009

Bern Roche Farrelly Black Blank, Colour Color, Croma Coma . Video installation . 2008

# 17 [2 December 2009]

Celestial Contakt Documentation Installation shots Novemeber 2009

In these photographs:

Nikos Alexiou Grid . Installation, variable dimensions . Paper, bamboo, linen, black enamel

Lee Wagstaff Birth/Shroud . Blood on linen . 2003

Marc Wayland Foetal at Forty . Digital print on silk . 2004

Christina Mitrentse Constellation . Diamond pins, fabric, bed.  2007-2009

 Jonas Ranson Apotrope . Screen print on mirror glass and board . Edition of 3 . 2009 . Berührt - Verführt ( Diptych ) . Screen-print on paper and board . Edition of 5 . 2009

Stine Ljungdalh The Bull as Alchemia, Examines the Alchemistic quote: ‘Marriage gum with gum in true Marriage . C-type, Art no. 00A1871 ( Kindly lent by The Hunting Society's Art Collection ) . 2009

Dominic Allan Whore . Kid’s bicycle saddle, joggle eyes . 2009

Bern Roche Farrelly Black Blank, Colour Color, Croma Coma . Video installation . 2008

christina Mitrentse, 'Infinitive pages', Antique books, digital prints, drawings on papyrous, 2009. Photo: Christina Mitrentse. Courtesy: The artist.

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christina Mitrentse, 'Infinitive pages', Antique books, digital prints, drawings on papyrous, 2009. Photo: Christina Mitrentse. Courtesy: The artist.

Christina Mitrentse, 'Dark matter', drawing on paper, 2008. Photo: christina Mitrentse. Courtesy: the artist.

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Christina Mitrentse, 'Dark matter', drawing on paper, 2008. Photo: christina Mitrentse. Courtesy: the artist.

christina Mitrentse, 'Constellation', diamond pins and fabric on bed, 2009. Photo: christina Mitrentse. Courtesy: the artist.

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christina Mitrentse, 'Constellation', diamond pins and fabric on bed, 2009. Photo: christina Mitrentse. Courtesy: the artist.

# 16 [24 November 2009]

Christina Mitrentse investigates the esoteric qualities of myth, interpretation and cultural construction through processes of painting, handcrafted sculpture, installation and conceptual appropriation. Her practice oscillates between that of curator, collector and storyteller in an endeavor to designate the peculiarity of this relational space of aesthetics.

 

Ignoring traditional hierarchies of display, Mitrentse creates a freedom to suggest new narratives and poetic ensembles of personal institutions such as schools, libraries, churches, academies and museums. Using the tropes of quasi-science, telluric monuments and celestial exploration, her work offers an ocularcentric pattern of discovering worlds within worlds and meaning in allegory.

 

Through sustained research of cosmological phenomena, explicit for the Celestial Contrakt, she has created an emergent sculptural ‘Constellation’ which suggests a humorous, visual transmission from the banal to the monumental. Mitrentses’ use of magnitude relates to her fascination with the spatial model and scale of the megacosm depicted in the Still Life- ‘The book of Universe’. Navigating within these works, we are related to a conception in which the 'primary' form of the universe is defined by the significations of natural occurrences within everyday life. 

 

Mitrentse is a Greek visual artist and art educator based in London East End since 2000. With an Onassis foundation fellowship, she holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and a PGCE from University of Greenwich. Her artworks are included in both private and public collections in Europe and the United States. Selected shows include: Solo- Building My Library,NO:IDgallery ‘09, Brench/Absorb ,Oblong gallery 09, In/Flux HTAP, London 09, Brussels Art Fair ‘09 The Apartment Gallery Athens. Impromptu,Schwartz Gallery London ’09. Public Project Commission, Greenwich Foot Tunnel 08-09 London. The End of the Earth’NDSM- Amsterdam 08.‘Emerging Artists’,Griechishe Kultustiftung Berlin 06. The Secret School Solo show in a bomb shelter, London 05. An Outing, Contemporary Art from Beltsios Collection Athens 06. She also co-curates international shows in London and Greece, most noticeably ‘Who Cares About Greek Art?’ Athens 06, and ‘The Flat Pack’ Deptford London06.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# 15 [23 November 2009]

Celestial Contrakt Opening

6pm - 11pm Thursday 12 November

Featuring Audio Live Mix by Exitjesus Live Music by Douce Angoisse and living sculptural performance of Croma Collapse by Berne Roche Farrelly

Andrew Hladky.

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Andrew Hladky.

# 14 [12 November 2009]

Artist Profiles

Andrew Hladky

Andrew Hladky is a London based artist who graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with an MA Painting in 2003. Andrew describes his painting technique as a 3-dimensional form of Pointillism. He constructs his paintings using cocktail sticks, dabbing small dots of oil paint in layer after layer. These slowly build into stalactite formations; delicate mineral crusts up to 4cm deep. From the side this highly textured surface causes the image to distort and break-down, dissolving into disorder. Andrew paints images choked by their overabundance, all sentiment and nostalgia defeated by blank, repetitive process. Sunsets multiply across the sky and horizons pile one on top of the other, creating inescapable, alien landscapes. Worms of paint squeezed straight from the tube populate the image, mingling with the figures and environment, threatening to over-run it entirely. Paint mingles with painted figures to create a Bosch-like scene of worm-human hybrids. The worms of paint will start to spill off the painting, roving the walls, ceiling and floor, reforming occasionally into sculptural tableaux where delicate, multicoloured trees grow and miniature figures pull themselves out of the paint.

www.commentart.com/artist/Andrew_Hladky

Stine Ljungdalh, 'The point of no return'.

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Stine Ljungdalh, 'The point of no return'.

# 13 [12 November 2009]

Artist Profiles

Stine Ljungdalh

Stine Ljungdalh works with a number of alter egos or personas, all drawn to the idea of capturing the hidden or invisible with the aim of creating an experimental zone. Her art practice includes writing, photography, films and props from these personas, all evidence of the existence of the imaginary zone and questioning the subjective reality of the autonomous self. ‘When working for T.  Smith I incorporate a set of rules or ‘dogma’, into the structures of my artworks often relating them to the theatrical or ideas of staging’ Ljundalh is  fascinated by duality, the world made of matter and antimatter, and the gradual disappearance of anti-matter with is proving to be a mystery to physicists. The idea of a shadow self, the sense of the double, is central to her work. She has created a place to explore these ideas of transformation and disguise. This ‘alchemistic theatre’ allows her to reinvent received ideas of knowledge and cultural value. For her, this is a kind of narrative-tree of related stories, all spinning around the same theme, and the hunt for the invisible. Ljundalh’s work is mainly based in photography, with a strong relation to theatre. The theatrical stage here can be seen as layers of knowledge and cultural values in which we as humans can act and define ourselves. Stine Ljungdalh was born in Denmark 1969. She attended Danish Design School and graduated in 2001 with an MA in photography and Graphic Communication. She subsequently became a member of the artist group 'Brian' in Copenhagen.

Stine Ljungdalh is an artist based in London and Copenhagen. She graduated in 2005 with a MA in Printmaking from The Royal College of Art.  Stine has exhibited in Europe and the US and am currently to start her Ph.d at Kingston University.  Her art practice includes writing, photography, films and props from these personas - all evidence of the existence of the imaginary zone and questioning the subjective reality of the autonomous self.

2003-05 Royal Collegeof Art, MA Fine Art1996-97 Falmouth College of Art, BA

(Hons) Fine Art, Printmaking

www.kunstdk.dk/kunstner/stine_ljungdalh

Bern Roche Farrelly.

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Bern Roche Farrelly.

Jonas Ranson.

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Jonas Ranson.

Stine Ljungdalh (foreground ) . Marc Wayland.

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Stine Ljungdalh (foreground ) . Marc Wayland.

Marc Wayland.

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Marc Wayland.

Christina Mitrentse . Dominic Allan . .

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Christina Mitrentse . Dominic Allan . .

# 12 [6 November 2009]

Project development documentation

November 5 2009

Bern Roche Farrelly.

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Bern Roche Farrelly.

# 11 [6 November 2009]

Artist Profile

BERN ROCHE FARRELLY

 

Consisting of a pair separate video works, ‘Black Blank’, and ‘Colour Color’; ‘Croma Coma’, was conceived as a neutral space, a void were the experience of null (no/lack of light) overwrites the materiality of the body and the ever presence of linguistic thought. Blank Black, a television that switches arhythmically between the inert grey of an unpowered screen and the glowing dark of broadcast black sits across from ‘Colour Color’. In turn, this second video shows the cycloptic (Cyclops like/the single round) window of a classical façade as it floods with a hallucinogenic swirl of light emanating from an unseen source. The building’s eye is attempting to construct a code from the dumb binary flickering of the empty screen across from it. The foreboding physicality of the stone building is in stark contrast to the playful colors that flood its surface. Its classical proportions and symmetries embody the long tradition of rationalist aesthetics and morality that is now the site for the exchange of unreadable gestures of pure light, echoing the narcotic experience of television emersion. If, as Jerry Garcia postulated, “cyberspace is where you are when you are on the telephone”, then in a similar way the television experience is one that separates the consciousness from the body. The work leaves the viewer caught in a disembodied reverie between the measure and weight of the material world and the incomprehensible cosmos of light. Bern Roche Farrelly, born 1979, graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2002 with a First Class honours in Fine Art before moving to London to do his MA in the Chelsea Collage of Art. Since graduating he has he has practiced as an artist, curator and performer throughout Europe, showing at the Cork Art Festival in Ireland and in a fringe show at the Athens Biennale. Publications include: OMSK book and “Love Love” Magazine. In the last year he has had two solo exhibitions in London, entitled “Appendicitis” and ‘Read “Read”.’

www.bernrochefarrelly.com

Dominic Allan.

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Dominic Allan.

# 10 [6 November 2009]

Artist Profiles

Dominic Allan

Dominic Allan's work is redolent of the ethical and pragmatic Orwell of My Country Left or Right or The Lion and The Unicorn. In Allan's hands this is infused with the sparkle of a candyfloss rush together with a valedictory reflection upon the hangover that is Britain's seaside culture. This is a culture that has always been driven by some substance or other.Sugar, alcohol, smack. Allan's Our Destination was Lutopia is a visceral work both disgusting and alluring. Constructed from strawberry whips and panel pins, it is an injunction to get horny. Abandoned joggle-eyed bicycles, photographs of rickety piers bereft of human activity, the work is unpopulated, save by the mug shot of a missing child. This metonymic quality, the appeal to something or someone else is an inversion of the escapism and promises, the bright lights that once attracted Britons to the seaside in their droves, slaves as they were to shiny metaphor. In Allan's work we are confronted with a sugary octane axis and its effect upon British seaside culture; the saccharine hedonism and distractions of the age before Easyjet, reigned in by British parochialism and compulsory fun; where the dilapidated Victorian proscenium lives cheek by jowl with the misery of the junky, the migrant worker, and thesans-papier prozzer.

http://www.transitiongallery.co.uk/htmlpages/fatty_gingo.htm

Christina Mitrentse, 'Celestial Bed In progress'.

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Christina Mitrentse, 'Celestial Bed In progress'.

Jonas Ranson, 'Knight's Tour'.

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Jonas Ranson, 'Knight's Tour'.

Jonas Ranson, 'Untitled ( Wall Installation )'.

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Jonas Ranson, 'Untitled ( Wall Installation )'.

Lee Wagstaff.

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Lee Wagstaff.

Marc Wayland.

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Marc Wayland.

# 9 [1 November 2009]

Celestial Contrakt

Documentation of initial project development for Schwartz Projetcs

1 November  

works by

Christina Mitrentse

*Jonas Ranson

Lee Wagstaff

Marc Wayland

 

*The knight's tour problem is an instance of the more general Hamiltonian path problem in graph theory. The problem of finding a closed knight's tour is similarly an instance of the hamiltonian cycle problem. Note however that, unlike the general Hamiltonian path problem, the knight's tour problem can be solved in linear time.

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Jonas Ranson

Jonas Ranson is a print graduate of the Royal College of Art (2001-03) currently living and working in Hackney, East London. Recent exhibitions have included Tableau Vivant, Aquarium Gallery, Bloomsbury 2007 . Terra Extremitas, Multi Disciplinary Event NDSM – Werf Amsterdam 2008 . Cupboard Love Public Art Commission, Greenwich2008,and more recently, Impromptu, collaborative group show at Schwartz Gallery, Hackney.