Exhibition Dates: 18 February - 8 March 2019
Open: Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Opening Event and Performance by Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot: Thursday 28 February, 5 - 8pm
Paul Westcombe presents A soul twirler booms trout wet, an experimental wall-drawing and painting installation with theatrical elements. The work has been made in collaboration with dramatic soprano Katrina Sheppeard, dancer and choreographer Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot and playwright Geoffrey Williams.
Using the architecture and idiosyncrasy of the exhibition space, the artist will create visual and conceptual vistas based on the writings of Raymond Roussel (particularly Locus Solus), and his disastrous theatre productions. Black portals, fragmented body-architecture hybrids; the space will be transformed into a fantastical, grotesque and phantasmagorical space - a complex mechanism of desire.
This is the third exhibition in Wimbledon Space’s year of Portal themed projects.
Paul Westcombe (Royal College of Art, Painting (2007), and RADA, Scenic Art (2017)), has exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad. Exhibitions and projects include Head to Toe, RADA (2018); Bodies Undone, Blyth Gallery (2018); Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013). As a scenic artist, Paul works on a wide variety of theatre productions including at the Royal Opera House.
Katrina Sheppeard is one of the UK’s most exciting up and coming dramatic sopranos. Since moving from Australia to London in 2008, Katrina has worked extensively with UK companies, and in particular with English National Opera. Roles covered by Katrina for ENO include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, Marta in Weinberg’s The Passenger, Leonore in Fidelio, Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Norma and Tosca.
Anne-Gaelle Thiriot is a French-born dance artist based in London since 2007. She works as a performer, dancer, choreographer and teacher across the UK and Europe. She has collaborated with artists including Florence Peake, Joe Moran, Lisa-May Thomas, h2dance, Tara D’Arquian, Annie Lok, Fay Patterson, Raquel Garcia-Tomas, Julia Bardsley. Her work has been shown in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Iraqi Kurdistan and Chile. She is currently developing a collaborative project with fellow dancer Akshay Sharma: The drama of hardness and softness is designed for the gallery context and presents gradients from extreme to relative softness in relation to systemic injustices, violence and hierarchies inviting us to question how we deal with it.
Geoffrey Williams is a London-based Playwright and Theatre Director. He studied Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway College and Theatre Directing at RADA. His productions range from Shakespeare to new writing, including his own plays. Recent productions include Drowned or Saved?, Tristan Bates Theatre (2018); Marzipan, The Android Kitten, The Space (2018); Five Card Stud, Lantern Theatre, Brighton (2017); and Innocent As A Child, Etcetera Theatre (2012).
Image: Paul Westcombe installing A soul twirler booms trout wet, Wimbledon Space, February 2019.
Photograph by Nick Manser.