The next few days will be curiously calm; they lay in between the making of the work for Perfume as Practice SS19 at Lumen Crypt Gallery and said exhibition’s installation on Wednesday.
I will chiefly use the time to promote the exhibition and, frankly, I will try to relax and prepare for the exhibition’s opening. Last week was rather frantic and my body feels strained. I want to feel in a positive physical and mental state for the Private View on Thursday as it’s important to communicate Perfume as Practice effectively to an audience.
I am happy with the work I have made. As well as containing 10 perfume portraits the exhibition adheres to the theme of astronomy. Amongst other things, this has allowed me to exercise my painting skills; creating banners of constellations which will also be adorned on perfume bottles; creating a connection between perfume and painting in a manner that aligns both disciplines.
I do hope you all can make it to Perfume as Practice SS19, which runs daily 12-6pm from 4th – 7th April. The Private View is on 4th April from 6.30-8.30pm.
Assessing astronomy and our place within the cosmos from an unexpected viewpoint is a central theme in Perfume as Practice SS19; my upcoming solo show at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London.
For the most part, this is achieved through perfumery and, specifically, comparing the intangible qualities of scent to the intangible qualities of space to see if our experiences of one inform the other. However, with the exhibition will also contain some visual work that also utilise astronomy, such as this piece, entitled Microscopium:
Microscopium comprises a set of constellations painted onto glass plates, which can then be looked at through a microscope. The piece seeks to rethink our relationship with the cosmos through placing it within the confines of a small installation, thus rendering it domestic, tangible and personal.
Perfume as Practice SS19 will run at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London, from 4th – 7th April with a Private View on 4th April from 6.30-8.30pm. Hope to see you there!
Although my forthcoming exhibition at Lumen Crypt Gallery will intrinsically involve scent, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a few visual treats along the way and over the next few weeks I will use this blog to showcase them. As ever the overarching aim is to position perfumery within the context of contemporary art. Not only is this achieved by placing perfume directly within gallery contexts, but also by using perfumery as the subject for more established disciplines, such as drawing:
Taking direct influence from Urania’s Mirror – a set of star chart cards that illustrate the night sky – I have created a set of 6 ‘comprised constellations’ a set of drawings on blank playing cards that playfully position perfumery within the context of the astronomy. These cards will be exhibited at Lumen Crypt Gallery alongside 10 perfume portraits and other visual embellishments.
Incidentally I am looking at exploring Urania’s Mirror further in a forthcoming exhibition, which will have an open call element. Watch this space! (no pun intended.)
My first solo show of the year – Perfume as Practice SS19 at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London – is inching ever closer; in a mere 6 weeks the exhibition will be up and running. So as you might expect February has largely consisted of exhibition preparation; writing and sending invites, research, press releases, flyer images, visiting and measuring the space and, somewhere in the midst of it all – actual work!
Perfume as Practice SS19 will consist of 10 perfume portraits and visual work responding to the theme of astronomy. As such each perfume will be based on a specific constellation, and adorned with appropriate livery constructed with simple, elegant line and shape:
Perfume and astronomy have more in common than you might think, as both have a certain ethereal, intangible quality that our minds do not fully understand. Perfume as Practice SS19 hypothesises that placing astronomy in a domestic context such as perfume, and placing perfume in a vast context such as astronomy will extend our understanding of both relative to personal thoughts and experiences. And of course, the chief aims of Perfume as Practice, which are to provide an alternative utility for perfume that confounds our preconceptions while revealing the capacity perfume has for contemporary art, will also be present and correct.
Perfume as Practice SS19 opens at Lumen Crypt Gallery on 4th April.
This week I have bid a fond farewell to Desire & Alchemy – my joint exhibition with Emilia Telese at Basement Arts Project.
I had grown somewhat attached to Desire & Alchemy during its 3 month run; more so than any other exhibition I have staged. I think this is because a tangible collaboration existed not only between myself and Emilia, but also with BasementArtsProject’s owner Bruce Davies: All three of us engaged the audience with the underlying concept, and through written text, conversation, exhibiting and hosting, we have each contributed meaningfully to the overall discourse surrounding scent within contemporary art.