29 June – 30 September 2017
“My works materialise recollections into new arrangements and convictions. I remember my grandparents’ house in which I spent a lot of time in during my youth in Havana. My grandfather, who was a recognised architect, built it in 1958 and he received national architecture awards for the building’s harmonious mix of modernism with Art Nouveau designs. The windows, in particular, are something that I vividly recall; they were imported from Paris and all originally made around the time of the 1900 Exposition Universelle in the French capital. These windows, ornate with hyperbolas and parabolas, were my lenses to the world. My current paintings simultaneously feature curvilinear forms, which, like the windows, frame landscapes and at once transform such memories into objects of visual discourse. I am further inspired by elements of the everyday; I collect disregarded objects such as cables, clothing labels and trampled glasses found lying in the streets and repurpose them on the canvas. The paintings are consequently enlivened with diverse textures and at once re-contextualise such items from today, transposing any of their accustomed meaning or worth.”
Nicky Giraffe’s Nowhere Bound
December 2016 – April 2017
Radio Redchurch Street presents Nicky Giraffe’s ‘Nowhere Bound’, a chapter from her latest photographic collection, ‘On Thinking About Hell’.
Presented as a series of oversized postcards floating on the gallery’s wall, the artworks transport the viewer through a hall of highly personal, yet dissonant images.
Created between 2014-2016, when Giraffe’s lived in Los Angeles, at the spine of the work is Bertolt Brecht’s eponymous poem that also compares the cities and their function as dystopias in modernity.
Cards that in a previous world might have reached their ultimate destination, here are held captive in the exchange between artist and receiver. They suggest that in a world clogged with photographic imagery, the photographer as a fine artist and the photograph as an object are nowhere bound – living in a world caught on the threshold of paradise and disaster.
Nicky shoots and develops her work using analogue processes, experimenting with alternative and early photographic techniques.
For first edition prints and a press release please visit www.nickygiraffe.com
Radio London and Rockarchive partnered to present, ‘Rebel Rebel’ a photographic celebration of music’s great revolutionaries; anarchists, trailblazers and non-conformists.
Rock ’n’ Roll is all about rebellion. ‘Rebel Rebel’ showcases those artists who pushed the boundaries, refused to conform and changed the face of rock music forever. Featuring artist such as John Lennon, Morrissey & David Bowie, and shot by the world’s leading music photographers, ‘Rebel Rebel’ is a tribute to those who believe the only place to be is the on the outside looking in.
Italo Sunsets draws its inspiration from Italo-Disco, the mysterious, propulsive and energetic musical genre that became the black, throbbing heart of dance music in the early 1980s. Formed from the crucible of neon-lit, sweat-drenched basement clubs of Italy and the Mediterranean, ‘Italo’ energised a generation of musicians and artists in the region before crossing the Atlantic to revitalise the faltering US disco scene.
Visuals were equally important to Italo with sunsets quickly becoming a visual signifier for the genre, going hand-in-hand with the Italo sound as it spread from Milan to Miami, Livorno to Los Angeles.
Hugh Cooney’s Italo Sunsets are illustrated using basic paint programmes, taking advantage of inconsistencies in various printers, to evoke a sense of moody nostalgia.
HAIR: FASHION AND FANTASY
Radio hosted the UK Launch of Bumble and bumble Editorial Stylist Laurent Philippon’s book; Hair: Fashion And Fantasy.
Between Paris, LA and New York, Laurent has been privileged to work with the greatest photographers and designers in the fashion industry, from David LaChapelle and Patrick Demarchelier to Ellen von Unwerth and Steven Klein. It’s made him one of the leading hair stylists in the field today.
With Vestal Vodka & live music from FURS, visitors to the gallery space were able to take a private view of images from the book, which celebrates the art of hair: braids, curls, loose hair, mohawks, chignons, coloured hair, wigs, crops. Gorgeous photographs from the greatest names in fashion photography mix with rare archive pictures. It’s a style classic – a bible for anyone in the profession – and a vital source of inspiration.
Taking the banality of the everyday and the act of hair grooming as a starting point, Kingdom explores the internalised narrative of our hidden desires and fears.
Elements within each piece act as clues to a possible narrative – a comb, the sihouette of a tree, or a snake – take on new meaning.
The viewer is brought face to face with danger, decay, mutilation, poison and death and echoes of film noir and Alfred Hitchcock.
As such the paintings evoke the wandering, dream-like thought process of self-grooming; shifting playfully between the knowable and the deliberately abstract.
When you see the back of a stranger’s head, on the bus or out in public, it’s natural to fill in the blanks and imagine what they look like. Though often, when they turn around they’re the polar opposite of everything you expected.
This series is inspired mainly by people from the streets of London and the fascination with the unknown. Who are they? The moment they turn around, the fantasy is gone.
Having the portraits face the other way puts the viewer in a stasis of desire and imagination.
NICK MEEK’S CHOUCAS
There’s a mountain proverb that says the Choucas are the souls of climbers lost to the mountains.
If you climb in the mountains at altitude where trees cease to grow, and where massive glaciers slowly grind their way towards the valleys, you will see the Choucas.
Choucas are friendly, inquisitive birds that provide solace and company to climbers as ascend an increasingly harsh landscape.
This series was shot by Nick Meek in the French Alps in Chamonix, and the Jungfrau region of Switzerland to create a special installation for Radio London.
LE GUN is a magazine showcasing narrative imagery from artists all over the world, ranging from famous contributors to the completely unknown. Distributed worldwide, it enjoys an international cult following. Five of the magazines’ seven editors also form the artist collective LE GUN, who exhibit paintings and installations across Europe as well as in Japan and China.
This exhibition, by Robert Rubbish and Steph von Reiswitz, was made specifically for Radio Salon, and is entitled ‘The last Huzzah of the Hoxditch Leisure Pirates’.
LAURENCE VON THOMAS
‘If You Leave’ is a collection of contemporary photography, curated online by photographer Laurence Von Thomas since November 2009. This has now been made into a stunning art book featuring the work of 96 different photographers from all over the world.
As a concept, ‘If You Leave’ is more concerned with the impact of a single image, rather than a body of work by an individual artist.
They are snapshots of a journey made by wanderers, reflecting a mysterious yet uncannily peaceful feeling of desolation and loneliness.
Hermione Hodgson is an artist photographer. She collaborates with music, design and advertising companies to create unique commissions ranging from abstract corporate art to portraits of Tinie Tempah and Lily Allen.
Alongside her commercial work Hermione is driven to create personal projects often leading to exhibition. The Beach forms part of an ongoing project exploring human presence within epic landscapes. Over sixty photographs were captured on the Balearic isle of Formentera to produce the Beach image. The photographs were cut, placed and blended in a week’s-long post-production process to create the seamless triptych. To see more work by Hermione, including other works in this series, please visit her at hermionehodgson.com.
Phil Maxwell is a photojournalist who has been photographing Brick Lane and the surrounding area of East London since 1982.
The result is a vast collection of vibrant black and white photographs, that are beautifully observed and unparalleled in their ability to record social and cultural change.
Phil has exhibited all over Europe and as far away as Bangladesh.
Helen Amy Murray
Our opening exhibition featured work by textile designer and artist Helen Amy Murray.
Helen has been internationally recognised for her hands-on, luxury creations that take inspiration from nature and form to create surface relief within textiles.
Her interior finishes have been used by Dior and Louis Vuitton and can be found in the Grand Hyatt hotel, Moscow.