Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

SFSA member David Bray chats about his upcoming show with Ben Oakley in his studio

Posted in Events, Featured Studio Member, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 31, 2012

David Bray chats about his upcoming show with Ben Oakley in his studio at SFSA

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brHHi45dUgw&feature=channel

no format – Gallery Programme – April to June 2012

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 28, 2012

The Function of the Oblique – Part 1

Curated and organised by Attilia Fattori Franchini in association with no format

Opening night – Friday 13th April (6pm – 10pm)

Exhibition opening days/times Sat 14th and Sun 15th April 2012 11am – 5pm and Fri 20th, Sat 21st and Sun 22nd April 11am – 5pm

Taking inspiration from Virilio’s “function of the oblique” used as a tool to appropriate space in new ways and create instability or unexpected outputs, the majority of artists invited reflect with different perspectives and operate through different practices the notion of Space in its broader sense, using it as a tool, reverting its definitions and searching new terms in its representation and conception.

Participating Artists; Shan Hur, Minae Kim, Jinhee Park, Sebastian Acker, Nicolas Feldmeyer, Rob Chavasse, Tobias Z, Phil Thomson.

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Descent (iii) – Steve Dixon

Third exhibition in a series exploring single figures falling through space, held in light.

Opening night – Thursday 26th April 5pm – 9pm

Exhibition open Fri 27th (SLAM Fridays 6pm – 9pm) Sat 28th and Sun 29th April 11am – 5pm

New Paintings and Prints

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NEVER PROMISED POUND LAND – Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkington and Mark Hampson

Opening night – Thursday 3rd May 2012, 5pm – 9pm

Exhibition runs until Sunday 27th May (Open Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11am – 5pm)

Welcome to a world, but not the real world.  The concept of the real world has of course, been hotly debated by a long list of Philosophers, Mathematicians, Physicists and Creative’s.  Everyone from Plato, Aristotle, Wittgenstein, and Rubin to the velveteen rabbit and her fellow toy, Pinocchio have had their questions.  In Never Promised pound Land we are presented with a probable and parallel world created by, the combined inventions yet distinctly different narrative based practices of, Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkington and Mark Hampson.

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Laurent Cahard – ‘Synaesthesia (I): Abstract Painting as Visible Sound’

(Part II of ‘On Sublimity and Synaesthesia’ programme – in conjunction with freelance writer Stephen Baycroft)

Opening night – Thursday 31st May 5pm – 9pm

Exhibition open Fri 1st, Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd June and Fri 8th, Sat 9th, Sun 10th June 11am – 5pm

“Laurent Cahard’s paintings belong to the tradition of modern abstract visual art which arose in Europe during the early 20th Century. Early modern abstract artists rejected the making of figurative objective paintings that mimetically illustrated the patterns of organisation of the ‘impure’ coloured shapes and forms of objects in the visible world of ordinary visual perception, in favour of making non-figurative non-objective paintings of ‘pure’ coloured shapes and forms whose visible patterns of organisation were frequently related to the invisible patterns of organisation of audible music…” – Stephen Baycroft

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David Bray – “LET ME PUT MY POEMS IN YOU”

Opening night – Thursday 14th June 5pm – 9pm

Exhibition open Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th June and Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th June

“The title derives its name from a throwaway gag in the Will Ferrell movie ‘Blades of Glory’. It’s an absurd title, reflecting the ridiculous subjects of the drawings. Unfortunately in the last few years, too many of my friends have passed away – life can sometimes seem very bleak and sad. This body of work is an attempt to step away from that darkness – into a world of unbridled joy and stupidity.”  – David Bray

London’s leading artist community opens its doors – Summer Open Studio Exhibition at Second Floor Studios & Arts

Posted in Events, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 22, 2012

This May London’s burgeoning art community will open its doors to the public, enabling art lovers to get so close you could smell the paint, and feel the wood shavings.

The biannual Open Studio at Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) gives Londoners the chance to meet the artists and watch them work in their private studios. The community of more than 160 professional arts and crafts practitioners will open their studios to the public; inviting visitors into their creative spaces to discuss view and even buy their work. The Open Studio will be open to the public on Thursday 17th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th (11am – 6pm) May

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. A multi-million pound development, once complete SFSA will provide 160,000sqft of affordable arts space, studios and facilities for more than 300 artists. The development currently houses more than 160 artists from the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, graphic and digital design, animation, illustration, fashion and jewellery design, mosaic, glass-making, cabinet-making and interactive sound installation.

Throughout the Open Studio No Format, London’s newest art gallery located at SFSA, will host ‘Never Promised Pound Land’, an exhibition of works by Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkinton and Mark Hampson.

The Thames Barrier Print Studios at SFSA, one of London’s most spacious open access fine art printmaking studios, will be open with a series of print technique demonstrations throughout the weekend. The new CANTEEN terrace arts cafe will be open for teas, coffees, homemade foods and a summer BBQ.

Second Floor Studios & Arts Open Studios – May 2012

  • Thursday 17th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th (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. www.nfasp.org.uk

About the Never Promised Pound Land exhibition

http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/never-promised-poundland/4557990868

Images from Exhibition II @ Berkeley Gallery – Painting and Object – New Works by Le Guo & Jane Cairns

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members, Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 19, 2012

 

‘The function of the oblique’ – Opening at no format Friday 13th April – curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 16, 2012

Shan Hur – Broken Pillar 275 x 25 x 25 cm concrete, plywood, timber 2011

Opening night preview – Friday 13th April (6pm – 10pm)

“In 1963 Claude Parent and Paul Virilio formed the Architecture Principe group with the aim of investigating a new kind of architectural and urban order. Rejecting the two fundamental directions of Euclidean space, they proclaimed ‘the end of the vertical as the axis of elevation’ and ‘the end of the horizontal as the permanent plane’: Out With Manhattan, Out With Old Villages. In place of the right angle, they adopted ‘the function of the oblique,’ which they believed would have the benefit of multiplying usable space. But what exactly was ‘the function of the oblique’? For the Architecture Principe group, it was a new means of appropriating space, very much inspired by a Gestalt psychology of form, which promoted continuous, fluid movement and forced the body to adapt to instability: ‘While the enclosed and the cryptic lie at the origins of this new era of architecture … we must also recognize within the sense of disequilibrium, of vertigo, the second archetype of this art of space.’

Taking inspiration from Virilio’ s “function of the oblique” used as a tool to appropriate space in new ways and create instability or unexpected outputs, the majority of artists invited reflect with different perspectives and operate through different practices the notion of Space in its broader sense, using it as a tool, reverting its definitions and searching new terms in its representation and conception.

Participating Artists

Shan Hur,  Minae Kim, Jinhee Park, Nicolas Feldmeyer, Rob Chavasse, Tobias Z, Phil Thomson and Sebastian Acker

‘The function of the oblique’ is curated and organised by Attilia Fattori Franchini in association with no format.

More here: http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/the-function-of-the-oblique/4562034542

 

SFSA studio member Nettie Birch @ The Corner Shop, Crafts Central this week!

Posted in Events, Featured Studio Member, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 13, 2012

SFSA studio member Nettie Birch brings her collection of fold formed jewellery to Clerkenwell for the first time. From chokers to pendants, bangles to brooches, the range has something for everyone. “With late night opening on both Thursday and Friday nights for  less stressful shopping, we will also be open on Sunday for those last minute Mothers Day gifts.” Nettie

The Corner Shop, Craft  Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DX

Tues-Wed: 11am – 6pm,  Thurs-Fri: 12 – 7.30pm, Sat: 11am – 5.30pm, Sun:10am – 3pm

www.nbbyng.com