Kate MacGarry, London: Until 17 December 2016
Celine Conderelli, Laura Gannon, Donna Huddleston, Goshka Macuga, Corin Sworn, Patricia Treib
The display manager has to paint a picture for the public. (Her) canvas is space, (her) pigments merchandise and decoration, (her) brushes light, and shadow. Frederick Kiesler
CÉLINE CONDORELLI’s work is often drawn from the context in which it is displayed; ‘I think of space as my primary material, the first thing I work with.’ Inspired by the screens of Eileen Gray and Herbert Bayer, Condorelli presents After Image (Gray and Bayer), a wall painting and standing sculpture which utilises space to emphasise the artificial duality of image and environment. Born in 1974 in Paris, she grew up in Florence and lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Liverpool Biennial 2016, UK, bau bau, HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2015), Chisenhale Gallery, London and Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany (2014).
The titles of LAURA GANNON’s works on paper are taken from novels and short stories by Elizabeth Bowen which describe architectural spaces in cinematic detail. Each is conceived as an exploration between drawing and sculpture and each is completed when viewed with and within their architectural surroundings; the cut-out sections of the drawings invite the wall behind to become part of the work. Born in 1972 in Galway, Ireland, she now lives and works in London. Exhibitions include Espace Croisé, Centre d’Art Contemporain, France (2016), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2013) and The Lab, San Francisco (2011).
DONNA HUDDLESTON’s works on paper reference personal memories in compositions characterised by shallow perspectives, surreal landscapes and soft, ethereal tones. Her detailed works on paper subtly explore and reference classical painting, Egyptian iconography and surrealism. Born in 1970 in Belfast, she grew up in Australia and lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include One Day Something Happens: Paintings of People, curated by Jennifer Higgie from the Arts Council Collection, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (2016), Making and Unmaking, curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre (2016), Interstellar, curated by Michael Bracewell, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2015) and Witch Dance, Sadler’s Wells, London (2012-13),
GOSHKA MACUGA’s International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation, Configuration 9, End of Man: Olympe de Gouges, Guerilla Girls was exhibited as part of her solo exhibition To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll at Fondazione Prada earlier this year. The ‘constellations’ of bronze heads, which formally resemble molecular structures, draw connections between great thinkers throughout history. Born in 1967 in Warsaw, Poland, she lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Now this, is this the end…the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Time as Fabric, New Museum, New York and To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016).
For Show Window, CORIN SWORN presents four silk paintings which were made using home-made pigments from plants, water and a mordant ‘fix’ after a period of research into the Royal Botanic Garden’s Herbarium collection. The works investigates the proto-scientific aspects of alchemy; how the unpredictable nature of the dyes can be harnessed and, to some extent, controlled. Born in 1976 in London, grew-up in Canada, lives and works in Glasgow. She was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013-15. Recent solo exhibitions include Natalia Hug, Cologne, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015), Vibrant Matter, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2014) and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow.
PATRICIA TREIB’s paintings are lyrical assemblages of motifs, shifted and re-shaped in to abstract gestures. In Vests, delicate colour combinations and disparities in scale invite new readings of recognisable forms; a window, an easel, a frame. Born in 1979 in Michigan, she lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid (2016), Kate MacGarry, London (2015) and Wallspace, New York (2013).