Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

It was a packed house at the opening of URBAN BARRIER last week – Exhibition runs until Sun 23rd Dec

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on December 10, 2012

URBAN BARRIER, opening @ no format

BEN OAKLEY GALLERY & NO FORMAT  Proudly Present

‘URBAN BARRIER’

A Dynamic Assembly of carefully selected UK Outsider & Sub-Urban protaginists. Over 35 Top Notch artists in this must see Group Show of 2012

Exhibition Run: 7th Dec – 23rd Dec
Open Thursday to Sunday –  11.30 – 5.00pm

Including…

KAMION * STATIC * CARNE GRIFFITHS * AGENT PROVOCATEUR * MARK POWELL* LISA LAN * RYCA* PAM GLEW  * RAY RICHARDSON * DAVID BRAY* GUY DENNING * BEN OAKLEY * ROWAN NEWTON * FRAN WILLIAMS * JO PEEL * ROUVE BAPTISTE * GONNY VAN HULST * YVONNE WAYLING * GARY ALFORD * EVERETT JAIME * JIM VISION * GUY McKINLEY * SHE ONE * JAW * BRUSK * ASBO LUV * TOTAL THRIVE * BARRY BISH * RUGMAN * MARK PERRONET * PAUL MARKS * LEWIS BANNISTER * SWIN * J.YUEN LING CHIU * JONATHON PURDAY* Mr TRAZO.TIM FOWLER + MORE….

URBAN BARRIER @ no format

URBAN BARRIER @ no format

URBAN BARRIER @ no format

Visit: noformat.co.uk

Freedon Of The Press – Opening at no format, Thursday 15th November

Posted in Events, New Works, Open Studios by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 25, 2012

Celebrating the art of print at it’s very best created by Thames Barrier Print Studio artist members.

Thames Barrier Print Studio, London’s most spacious printmaking studio based on the South bank of the Thames in Woolwich, opened one year ago and has been welcoming artist members from throughout the city and beyond ever since.

Freedom Of The Press, in the outstanding visual arts space no format, represents the diversity in scale, subject and medium our members have used in their printmaking practice – from intimate works mastering traditional techniques to experimental works spanning a range of print processes. Our growing membership is made up of artists with years of experience, recent graduates, newcomers to the processes and people revisiting a past pleasure. They all however share one thing in common: a passion for making original prints.

Like many artforms the art of printmaking has been practiced for centuries. Our members skillfully carry on this tradition but with a contemporary spin. One of the oldest processes, relief printing, offers bold dramatic results by carving an image into a piece of wood or lino, inking up and taking an impression – as seen in the ‘imagined landscape’ woodcuts of Julian Davies inspired by his visits to Tokyo.

With traditional etching Nick Richards captures the ever-changing mood and activity of the River Thames, his style reminiscent of the Old Masters and Angela Brookes uses photo etching to capture the beauty of the natural world including her delicate studies of the honesty plant.

Screenprinting, originally used in industry, was made popular as an artform by Andy Warhol and offers fantastic scope in the use of colour and graphics. In her new work, Chinese-Canadian artist J Yuen Ling Chiu uses a layering process overprinting flat sumptuous colour with texture, pattern and photographic images inspired by her memories of (and relationship with) Hong Kong.

Emerging graduate Daniel Clark has produced an ambitious, quirky piece – a very large drypoint print inspired by domestic folklore to be wall-hung with his animation of hands working on an etching plate projected on to it.

Letterpress (a unique print studio facility) has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity, particularly with graphic designers looking for a hand produced process in contrast to creating type on a computer. This exhibition logo was printed on a small Adana press by young letterpress enthusiast Kim Vousden.

These are examples of but a few. With over 200 prints on show and available for sale, encompassing landscape, portraiture, narrative, figurative and abstract, vibrant colour, subtle line, large and small in scale, Freedom Of The Press literally offers something for everyone.

Original prints are an excellent affordable option for festive gifts or personal acquisitions – suitable for the seasoned collector and first time buyer alike. This fabulous eclectic exhibition provides the visitor with an insight into the freedom Thames Barrier Print Studio members enjoy creatively with the infinite possibilities of the printing press.

Exhibition runs from 15 November – 2 December, Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Carolyn Nicoll on 07815 090648 /enquiries@thamesbarrier-printstudio.co.uk

Or

Matthew Wood on 07946 554574 / studios@secondfloor.co.uk

www.noformat.co.uk

The UK’s largest single site affordable space project studio for artists and crafts and designer makers opens its doors to the public this November.

Posted in Arts, Events, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 16, 2012

This November London’s burgeoning art community will open its doors to the public, enabling art lovers and anyone with a passion for crafts and design to experience the works of over 200 SFSA members.

The biannual Open Studio at Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) is an integral part of their yearly programming and commitments to community engagement, giving Londoners the chance to meet its community of more than 200 professional arts and crafts practitioners in their creative spaces; to discuss, view and buy their work. The Open Studio will be open to the public on Thursday 15th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th (11am – 6pm) November

A stone’s throw from the Thames Barrier, SFSA is an affordable studio provision and creative space championing the practice of art, crafts and design in London. It is an arts community in the truest sense. Four years into a five year plan, once complete SFSA will provide affordable arts space, studios and facilities for more than 300 artists. The development currently houses more than 200 artists and crafts makers from the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital design, animation, illustration, fashion and jewellery design, mosaic, glass-making, cabinet-making and interactive sound installation.

The Thames Barrier Print Studio (TBPS) at SFSA, one of London’s most spacious professionally equipped open access fine art printmaking studios, will be open with a series of print technique demonstrations throughout the weekend. TBPS will also be celebrating the art of print at its very, very best with its inaugural exhibition of studio members works in the no format gallery on site entitled ‘Freedom Of The Press’

SFSA’s recently open river fronted arts café CANTEEN will be serving scrumptious homemade food and beverages throughout the Open Studios weekend.

Second Floor Studios & Arts Open Studios – November 2012

Thursday 15th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th (11am – 6pm) Location –

Second Floor Studios & Arts, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way (off Warspite Rd), Woolwich, London SE18 5NR

About the Studios

All studios are self-contained with good natural light and range from 150-1500sqft, and start at £154 pcm. SFSA contributes to the Affordable Studios sector and is a member of the National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers.

SFSA website:

www.secondfloor.co.uk

no format gallery:

www.noformat.co.uk

no format – Gallery Programme October to December 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 5, 2012

Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure – Opening 13.09.12

Posted in Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 14, 2012

Solo performances: Yolande Yorke-Edgell and Jack Jones (Yorke Dance Project)

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Lewisham College Dance Dept: 1st Year students gallery visit 14.09.12

Lewisham College Dance Dept: Rehearsal in no format 14.09.12

Performances: Friday 21st September – 2pm

Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 12, 2012

no format gallery

Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure

Opening – Thursday 13th September (5pm – 9pm) Until Sun 23th September – no format gallery open Thursday to Sunday 11am – 6pm

The response of painters to the challenge posed by photography is evident in the changes which occurred from the late 19th Century onwards in the way paintings were used to record recognisably human figures. Photographs of apparently moving human figures became source material for artists like Edgar Degas who used them to endow the human figures in their figurative objective artworks with naturalistic forms and apparent movements. Dissatisfaction with the attempts of photographers like Eadweard Muybridge to adequately record the trajectories of moving figures led Étienne Jules Marey to invent different types of chronophotographic camera for this purpose. Chronophotographic attempts to visualise previously invisible phenomena led early 20th Century visual artists like the Italian Futurists to base their attempt to use artworks to achieve the same goal both on Henri Bergson’s ‘cinematographical’ theory of visual perception and aesthetics; and on the use of synaesthetic (sensory perceptual) analogies and pseudo-synaesthetic (extra-perceptual linguistic metaphorical) analogies between sensible forms in different modes of perception to record their multisensory perceptions in visual artworks. Like these Italian Futurist artists, Sally McKay seeks to immerse spectators in the multisensory perceptions of moving human figures recorded in her visual artworks.

The early 20th Century eurythmic dance theorists Emile Jaques-Dalcroze and Jean d’Udine argued that seeing ‘morphocinetic’ arabesque lines caused a spectator’s ‘muscular sense’ to arouse resonations in different modes of this spectator’s perception. This muscular sense governed the synaesthetic ‘art of gesture’ used by visual artists to orchestrate and identify the physiological rhythms of their bodies with the physical rhythms of music, painting and sculpture; and in particular by dancers to visibly express their invisible ideas, emotions and feelings. A spectator’s endowment of morphocinetic arabesque lines with a muscular sense also aroused this spectator’s visual perception of such ‘muscular’ lines as a ‘living symphony’ of human movement. Dalcroze and Udine’s ideas inspired the semi-abstract paintings of moving human figures by artists like Frantisek Kupka and Francis Picabia. McKay’s envisaging of her multisensory perceptions of moving human figures as lines, colours and shadows in her artworks relies both on visual memory-images abstracted from her visual sensations, and on body memory-images abstracted from muscular sensations of her body movements. McKay uses such body memory-images to coordinate her multisensory perceptual making of artworks during collaborative events where moving human figures may experience a loss both of personal subjectivity, and of the distinction of their bodies from the ‘living’ atmospheres of light and sound in which they are immersed.

Text: Stephen Baycroft Copyright 2012

http://www.sallymckay.co.uk/

 

‘Out Of The Box’ – From Cabinets Of Curiosities To Peephole Dioramas – Opening at no format Fri 3rd Aug.

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 31, 2012

- From Cabinets Of Curiosities To Peephole Dioramas -

Out of the Box is an exhibition that promises a “mind jiggling” experience. It is a visual feast of all things box art – literally & conceptually – An eclectic melange of many artists work, curated by Tom Buchanan and Amy Douglas.

This show of artworks have either been assembled or disciplined within in a box, experimenting with dimension and composition, found objects, printed matter, photographs and an array of surprises. Proving an infinite playpen for experimentation & illusion

Box Art has a yearning back to authenticity & the lost art of collecting.  The tactile thrill of miscellaneous things & unexpected objects, given new life & expression. This collective is a celebration of new & classic works, from the raw to the refined & the downright bizarre to beautiful.

This highlight from The Brighton Fringe Festival comes to London in partnership with the No Format Gallery. The featured artists range from professional backgrounds to outsider lives, some of those are >

PETER QUINNELL    MARIA RIVENS   BLUE    STEPHEN WRIGHT   AMY DOUGLAS   GRAHAM CARTER   CHRIS DRAPER   JESSICA MELLO   LEWIS HERIZ   LUCIA HARLEY  JOE WEBB   CONNY PRANTERA   FRANK JENNINGS   TOM BUCHANAN   BARNEY TRATTLES   CHARLOTTE MALIK   SIMON LEE DICKER   DAVE MOORE  CHRIS JENKINS    JUSTINE GARRATTY    DAN LOCKE   LIAM BROMAGE  ALEXANDER KORZER ROBINSON    ISHANIA DUVAL  BRIAN MORRISSEY    and other special guests…………………………..

“Out Of The Box”

Exhibition open Thur to Sun, 11am to 6pm From 4th Aug until Sun 19th Aug.

More info visit: http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/out-of-the-box/4566819434

no format gallery, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

SFSA Members Networking & BBQ at CANTEEN

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 24, 2012

Second Floor Studios & Arts – Members Networking & BBQ in CANTEEN

- 18 July 2012

Tania López-Winkler – HILANDA – Opens at no format tonight (Thursday 19th July)

Posted in Arts, Events, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 19, 2012

Tania López-Winkler

HILANDA C:/YoPhoiniX/to_be_expired/Personal_Geographies/Hilanda.exe

Artist YoPhoiniX (aka Tania López-Winkler) Curated by Elena Aparicio Mainar Opening – Thursday 19th July (5pm – 9pm) – Until Sun 29th July

Hilanda is a Spatial Private Detective. She looks for clues embedded in the fleeting aesthetic experiences of city life. Hilanda’s work involves strolling about and getting lost in the city’s maze. If she was in Paris she would be a flaneuse, but since she operates in London she is a detective. When in rapture and delirium instead of playing the violin she spins filaments and threads.

At night, Hilanda spins the city’s fabric along with dreams into clues. These clues often unravel, detect or trace back the outlines of personal stories and culprits.

Visit: http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/tania-lopez-winkler/4565452437

 

The Foreigners’ Collective – no format residency and performances this weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 11, 2012

The Foreigners’ Collective rehearsal @ no format this week with SFSA member Sally McKay working on drawings

The Foreigners’ Collective have been invited to create a dance performance  in the no format space using their unique cross cultural collaborations. The collective will also be holding open rehearsals so that the members of SFSA and TBPS can also engage with their artistic process.

Performances this weekend, free and open to all!

Saturday 14th July @ 7pm &

Sunday 15th July @ 3pm

no format – Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way (off Warspite Road), Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR.

no format –  is located immediately off the A206 dual carriageway near Charlton and Woolwich. There is access from the A2/M2, M20 & M25. Charlton and Woolwich Dockyard Main Line stations and The Docklands Light Railway are in close proximity. Jubilee Line North Greenwich (O2) then 161 or 472 from bus stop A to Warspite Road. Regular bus routes (180, 177, 161, and 472) serve the local area.

The Foreigners’ Collective

From a small group of independent strangers in a strange land bearing the common denominators of dancing, creating and co-existing, The Foreigners’ Collective was born.  In addition to their art, this international group realized a deep notion of fraternity from their shared investigation and experience of what it means to be a ‘foreigner’ and has strengthened their bond and confirmed their desire to reconvene in order to create.

Resting on the surface is the actuality of being an alien; an outsider in a country, culture, or society that you do not identify with. Yet no less can one be a foreigner not geographically, but philosophically when deviating from the norms of which one is expected to abide by. Foreigners may wander physically or emotionally; sometimes aimlessly, yet other times seeking to join or form an alliance.  The Foreigners’ Collective is an alliance; a dynamic amalgam seeking to collaborate with foreigners and encourage diverse cultural exchange.

 

 

 

 

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