Selected exhibitions 2011 - 2013

Witnessing the Wilderness exhibition - Wimbledon Space
Witnessing the Wilderness exhibition

Witnessing the Wilderness

18 April - 17 May 2013

Witnessing the Wilderness interrogates our preconceptions of the wilderness and the role of the artist as adventurer, witness and mediator.

Curated by Ian Brown and Geraint Evans.

Artists

Ian Brown, Layla Curtis, Geraint Evans, Simon Faithfull, Dan Hays, Paul Harrison and John Wood, James Ireland, Marko Mäetamm, Aleksandra Mir, Jacques Nimki, George Shaw, Helen Sear.

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Six Degrees of Separation

14 February - 15 March 2013

Six Degrees of Separation explores the idea of multidisciplinary connectivity as a primary condition for contemporary art practice.

The exhibition title derives from the American playwright John Guare's theatre production (later made into a film starring Will Smith), where the hypothesis is first popularised, that any two individuals are connected by at most five others. 

Through the proliferation of social networks and the internet, what once was a theoretical premise has now become a reality. The currency of this idea is highlighted in studies carried out on social networks - pinpointing these degrees of separation in exactitude - and playfully demonstrated in Kevin Bacon's recent EE, 4G mobile and Fibre Broadband television advert, where he relates to viewers a similarly super-connected story. In reference to this and the digital cloud where all things now exist, the Wimbledon Space gallery walls have been painted in a pale blue shade, to house the exhibits that hereby exist in a state of constant connectivity. 

Curated by Juan Bolivar.

Artists

Isha Bøhling, John Chilver, Amy Cunningham, Nick Dawes, Alex Gough, Andy Hsu, Hiroe Komai, David Lock, Karl Marrow, Scott Mason, Hugh Mendes, John Richert, Adrian Scicluna, Pamela Richardson and Kevin Smith, Julie Verhoeven, Julian Hughes Watts, Leon Woolls. 

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Head Room

10 January - 25 January 2013

The dramatic power of the human head as seen through the eyes of Jocelyn Herbert and Yolanda Sonnabend.

This exhibition investigates the way in which two extraordinary female theatre artists have visualised the human head in the contexts of performance and fine art.

Presenting masks worn by performers, together with designs, drawings and photographs from the Jocelyn Herbert Archive at Wimbledon College of Arts, the exhibition explores Herbert’s fascination with the visual transformation of the head. Sketchbooks and correspondence connected with performances such as Sir Peter Hall’s celebrated production of The Oresteia (1981), and other theatre and film productions including The Mask of Orpheus, Prometheus and works for the first productions in English of Samuel Beckett’s Not I and Happy Days, will also be on display.

From Yolanda Sonnabend, we present drawings, production photographs and masks designed by her for the late Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s ballets, My Brother My Sisters and A Different Drummer. In addition, there will be a further selection of three-dimensional heads and masks, some made-to-be-worn and some created as sculptural objects in their own right.

Curated by Peter Farley.

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Images left to right: Hugh Mendes - Obituaries: Evel Kneivel, 2008. Image from the Jocelyn Herbert Archive. Barry Reigate - The Teacher, 2011.
Left to right: Hugh Mendes - Obituaries: Evel Kneivel, 2008. Image from the Jocelyn Herbert Archive. Barry Reigate - The Teacher, 2011.

971 Horses + 4 Zebras

1 November - 9 December 2012

This exhibition celebrates the unpredictable processes of experimental animation, with a focus on how animation as a labour intensive process and form is being applied in the creation of conceptual artworks.

The exhibition title is taken from a work by Yu Araki in which images of horses, appropriated from the internet, reference the pre-cinema animation of Eadweard Muybridge. 

The exhibition will tour to Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, and The British School, Rome, Italy in 2013.

Curated by Jordan Baseman and Gary Thomas.

Artists

Yu Araki, Jordan Baseman, Geraint Evans, Katie Goodwin, Inger Lise Hansen, Nathaniel Mellors, David O'Reilly, Emily Richardson, Lois Rowe and Patrick Rowan, Chris Shepherd, Tadasu Takamine, Kit Wise.

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Visionary: Contemporary Art from China Central Academy of Fine Arts

27 September - 22 October 2012

Split between Wimbledon Space and Art@GoldenSquare, Visionary presents 70 recent works by artists of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).

The artists are teachers and professors from the departments of Chinese painting, experimental art, oil painting and printmaking. Consequently, this exhibition, spanning a range of media, reflects the range of artistic thinking and practices within fine art and art education in China today.

Artists

Xu Bing, Yuan Yunsheng, Guang Jun, Pan Gongkai, Su Xinping, Liu Xiaodong, Cao Li, Lu Shengzhong, Chen Wenji, Li Xiaolin, Wang Yuping, Shen Ling, Yu Hing, Li Fan, Wu Yi, Yang Hongwei, Wu Hong, Wang Changxing. 

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Detours

2 - 25 May 2012

Eleven established artists have gone back to art school and taken up residencies at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, as part of the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) scheme.

For each artist the return to working within an art college for the past six months, surrounded by students, technicians and excellent facilities has been a considerable change; a detour from their familiar, often isolated studio surroundings. For some of the artists, their time spent in the college has helped them develop new ideas and form new strands to their practice; for others it has been an opportunity to further their practice in the presence of enthusiastic student practitioners.

Curated by Chelsea MA Curating students - Grazyna Dobrzanska-Redrup, Courtney Griffiths, James Harper and Daisy McMullan.

Artists

Laura Braun, Jonathan Gildersleeves, Danny Greaney, Nick Hornby, Carolyn Lefley, Kate Lyddon, Ryan McClelland, Emma Neuberg, Tom Smith, Laura Taylor, Willem Weismann.

Find out more about the AA2A scheme

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Images left to right: Diana Taylor - Untitled, 2011. Howard Rogers - Knucklehead, 2011. Greig Burgoyne - A + E (Adam and Eve), 2011-12.
Left to right: Diana Taylor - Untitled, 2011. Howard Rogers - Knucklehead, 2011. Greig Burgoyne - A + E (Adam and Eve), 2011/12.

The Perfect Nude

12 January – 10 February 2012

100 artists paint the nude.

In recent decades the idea of the nude has been in decline in art school. The tradition of teaching painting in British art schools has grown out of non-referential painting, abstraction and formalism; and the objective, realist tradition of painting the figure died with Euan Uglow. Would it not be apposite then, to take a look at this neglected genre? The nude seems ripe for a reawakening; it is an implicitly psychological genre, tapping directly into the artistic psyche.

This show is an aesthetic experiment presenting a comprehensive range of responses to the subject. In part, Coombs and Allen’s interest lies in the idea of imposing a subject onto the participating artists, or taking away the normal responsibility the artist necessarily has for their subject. Or, giving to particular artists a subject they perhaps not normally deal with, as many of the participating artists are abstract painters.

Curated by Dan Coombs and Phillip Allen.

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Drawing: Interpretation / Translation

3 November – 9 December 2011

Exhibition presenting a range of approaches to drawing, demonstrating how the medium can be used to explore ideas from the conceptual through to the observational.

Curated by Professors Paul Coldwell and Stephen Farthing.

Artists

Jordan Baseman, Paul Coldwell, Dunhill and O'Brien, Mark Fairnington, Stephen Farthing, Rebecca Fortnum, Paul Ryan, James Faure Walker, Chris Wainwright.

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