Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

SFSA/no format @ Berkeley Gallery – Exhibition I – Rachel Levitas (Paintings) images from exhibition

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on February 21, 2012

Second Floor Studios and Arts (SFSA) and no format gallery are producing five months of visual arts programming at the new Berkeley Gallery located within the Greenwich Heritage Centre, Royal Arsenal Heritage Quarter, London – Exhibition programme running  Feb to end of Jun 2012.

Images from Exhibition I – Rachel Levitas (Paintings)

Full programme details here: http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/no-format-berkeley-gallery/4560342821

 Rachel Levitas grew up in Durham. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, Advanced Printmaking at Central St Martins and Postgraduate Painting at the Royal Academy Schools where she was awarded the Turner Gold Medal for Painting. Recently Rachel has been awarded first prize at the prestigious Lynne Painter-Stainers for her painting Urban Fox III

‘Testing the Sublime Limits of Vision’ – Tina Mammoser – Opening night preview – Thursday 15th March (5pm -9pm) – no format gallery

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on February 21, 2012

Exhibition I

‘Testing the Sublime Limits of Vision’ – Tina Mammoser

Opening night preview – Thursday 15th March (5pm -9pm)

Opening times: 16th, 17th, 18th March (11am – 5pm) and 23rd, 24th, 25th March (11am – 5pm)

The 2012 exhibition programme for the ‘no-format’ gallery will include a series of exhibitions of visual artworks under the collective title ‘On Sublimity and Synaesthesia’. These exhibitions will explore art created in response to experience at the sublime limits of ordinary vision, and how the limits between the physical senses can be transcended by synaesthetic processes in the brain which enable non-visual data to contribute to the creation, experience and knowledge of visual artworks. Each exhibition in this series will give one in-house artist the opportunity to exhibit a selection of his/her visual artworks, and to work in conjunction with the freelance writer Stephen Baycroft (author of a biography of the artist Ken Currie entitled The Mask of Being, 2001, and currently completing a book on the relationships between the art of the Greek dramatist Aeschylus, the American poet T.S. Eliot and the Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon), to produce an artistic statement in which this artist places his/her work in the context of Western art history and philosophical aesthetics.

Since the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato a distinction has been made between the pseudo-mystical ‘sublime’ use of an observer’s mind’s eye to utilize visual sensations of his/her physical eyes which pushed this observer’s enformation processes of ordinary visual perception towards their upper and lower limits; and the mystical use of an observer’s mind’s eye to no longer use the outward-looking physical eyes, but instead to use this mind’s eye to look inwards to observe images of recollected memories stored in the mental aspect of his/her soul. The paintings by Tina Mammoser in this exhibition belong to a pseudo-mystical tradition in modern painting which arose during the mid-19th Century from the desire of visual artists to paint the results of using extreme visual sensations by their physical eyes to test the sublime limits of their ordinary visual perceptions

Stephen Baycroft

The artist’s view of the Sublime

My artwork has generally moved towards the Sublime naturally – I’ve only become aware of the term through exposure to other artists’ work that seemed to connect with my aspirations for my own paintings at different points in my career. Not having an academic art background my discoveries of sublime in artwork happened naturally. One of my most important influences in terms of the abstraction in my work came from an exhibition at the Tate Modern of Barnett Newman’s work. Ironically, Newman’s work falls into the category of the “mystical” Sublime that Stephen Baycroft has written about – a sense of sublimity from within, an inner eye rather than from an objective subject outside the artist. So it was Newman’s paintings that first gave me the absolute experience that something truly sublime could be experienced in abstract painting, rendering me speechless. But I still brought my own sensitivities to applying this experience. My paintings are still based on observation of something from within the visible landscape – I call this objective abstraction, as opposed to non-objective (no external subject). These words coordinate to Stephen’s use of the terms of pseudo-mystical and mystical. Actually discovering the academic meaning of “Sublime” came much later through the random discover of a book about the Sublime in literature and art. The theories within then found a concrete example for me in the recent exhibition of John Martin’s paintings at the Tate Britain. Martin’s paintings impressed upon me the historic relationship of the viewer (and artist) to a meaning of the sublime. Martin’s Victorian audience would have been in awe of his terrorizing landscapes. In the 21st Century it takes far more to impress us, let alone create the sense of loss of control or overwhelming environment.

To me visual abstraction in painting seems a contemporary approach to creating a new sense of Sublime. Using a pared down reference to a real world experience and combining it with extremes of colour and light. Plus using representations of our physiological reaction to extremes like light haloes, after-image colours, and limits of focus to emphasise what is unresolved in our view.

Tina Mammoser, February 2012

More here: http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/tina-mammoser/4560948828

‘The Landscape of Memory’ – the memory collective – Opening 1st March at no format gallery

Posted in Arts, Events, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on February 18, 2012

the memory collective

‘The Landscape of Memory’

Opening night preview –  Thursday 1st March 2012 6pm-9pm

‘The Landscape of Memory’, 1st-3rd March 2012 , supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Swiss Embassy, London

Opening times: 1st March, 2012 11am-4pm, 2nd March 11am-6pm, 3rd March 11am-1pm (see bookable event)

ABOUT THE MEMORY COLLECTIVE   This London-based group of UK and international artists was formed, in September 2009, by the artist and Courtauld-trained art historian, Dr Angela Summerfield. The Memory Collective’s practices cover film, installation, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Artist  members create  independent art works which engage with the co-related issues of time, memory and identity.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

(1) To promote an international cultural discourse, through exhibitions and publications, in response to past and on-going inter-disciplinary theories on time, memory and identity. (2) Future exhibitions will offer the potential to collaborate with additional visual artists, as “Associates”, and practitioners from other areas of human endeavour, such as literature, music and medical science. (3) Educational activities, linked to our exhibitions, which seek direct engagement with diverse publics.

Members:

Hjordis Dreschel, Valerie Jolly, Sara Lee, Angela Summerfield, Caroline Summerfield, Therese Nortvedt.

Events

Thursday, 1st March 2012 (6-9pm), VIP Private View (by invitation only)

Friday, 2nd March 2012 (11am-1pm), ‘In Discussion’ led by Rebecca Harris, Assistant Curator, Goldsmiths’ Postgraduate and PhD Study Day, NoFormat Gallery

Saturday, 3rd March 2012 (2-6pm), ‘Curator’s Tour & Artists’ Tea’, led by Dr Angela Summerfield ( free bookable event: amsummerfield@btinternet.com)

 http://www.noformat.co.uk/

SFSA member Koji Shiraya – works included in the open west at Gloucester Cathedral, 3 to 31 March 2012

Posted in Events, New Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on February 13, 2012
SFSA studio member Koji Shiraya has his ceramic works included in next months ‘the open west’ at Gloucester Cathedral
On 3 March 2012 Gloucester Cathedral is opening its doors as the setting for the open west‘s annual exhibition. This event is an international competition open to artists practising across a range of contemporary disciplines. Around 90 pieces of work from 55 artists have been selected by the curators and organisers Sarah Goodwin and Lyn Cluer Coleman who were joined on the 2012 selection panel by artists Iain Andrews and Dan Chadwick. Work includes sculpture, painting, site-specific installation, drawing, textile, photography, ceramics, print and video. Award winners will be announced on the night of the private view.

Many of the selected artists have responded directly to this ancient building and have created new work, while others are seeing a fresh dialogue emerge between their work and the ever-present voice of the Cathedral.  A number of the artists are recently emerged from fine art MA programmes, many others are already highly established and internationally exhibited; all come from very different backgrounds and each has a distinct story to tell. This is a significant opportunity for an audience to see a collection of independent visions held together in a powerful and evocative setting.

 theopenwest.org.uk

SFSA and no format gallery are producing five months of visual arts programming at the new Berkeley Gallery

Posted in Arts, Events, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on February 7, 2012

Second Floor Studios and Arts (SFSA) and no format gallery are producing five months of visual arts programming at the new Berkeley Gallery located within the Greenwich Heritage Centre, Royal Arsenal Heritage Quarter, London – Exhibition programme running Feb to end of Jun 2012.

Full programme here: http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/​no-format-berkeley-gallery/​4560342821