Rosalind Davis, Solo Show.
Private View: 25th September 2013, 6-8.30pm
Until the 14th November 2013
General Opening Times: Weds-Sun, 1-5pm
Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU
Now with a live and interactive the website is a visual soundscape with audio guides from the artist and soundbites of voices and perspectives from the Riots.
This exhibition by Rosalind Davis takes as its starting point depictions of destruction from the 2011 summer riots in Tottenham- the place where the riots began.
“..There’s a note of the elegiac here – a contemplative sadness for a past and absent moment of violence – but also hope, beauty and a sensitivity ” Tom Jeffreys, Wild Culture. Read the full interview here
On BLOUIN ARTINFO: Painting Exhibition on the 2011 Riots Opens in Tottenham. Read more here.
Rise Art Interview here
RepreZent Radio Interview about the Riots here
Read background, development and insight into the works exhibited at Bruce Castle on Davis’ Blog here.
Addressing the possibility of transformation and reparation of space through acts of creativity, Davis’s mixed-media paintings portray an unfolding, complex set of possibilities for both physical and psychological space. The work is at once tense and serene, presenting a fragile sense of stability.
“ The environments she represents are but support structures, as the artist envisions the identities and the human experiences that animate the edifices; their spatial compression and other-wordliness, their conceptual meshings are mended and/or supported through stitching, as well as being somewhat transformed when their painted surfaces melt into, soak and stain the backdrop.” Becky Hunter
Using a range of surfaces; paint, photography, drawing, vinyl adhesive and embroidery Davis creates paradoxical visionary landscapes and structures. Interior and exterior space are both suggested and physicalised through a process of emergent materialisation. . Every medium is as symbolic as it is relevant. Photographs capture a sense of reality. Paint and drawing portray disparity between the imagined and what is real. Embroidery reminds us of the human and emotional connection between environment and landscape.. Davis’ work is as dynamic as the story she is telling – of destruction, displacement and the process of creativity all within the context of the urban environment.
Transport : Nearest Tube: Seven Sisters and bus 243/ 123 and get off at Bruce Grove
Nearest Train Station: Bruce Grove.
Buses: 243/ 123
Artist’s talk; Art, Architecture, Existence & Reparation…How to find Home
For Open House London Weekend
21 September, 12-1.15pm. Free
Rosalind Davis will discuss the works in her solo exhibition currently on at Bruce Castle Museum as well as an overview of her practice spanning the last 8 years which directly refers to architectural spaces, particularly modernist space and failings of social housing as well as wider political events within the UK such as the riots of 2011 which began in Tottenham.
Within the works there is examination, a documentation of the ideals of utopia and dystopia and a reflection on the socio-political aspects of urban developments and disintegration of buildings as well as a desire to re-structure acts of destruction into creative possibilities.
For more info and to book www.haringey.gov.uk/brucecastlemuseum
Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham Grammar School &
ABOUT Rosalind Davis.
A graduate from the Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003) Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Her work was recently on display in the exhibition Material Matters at the Courtauld Institute 2012- 2013 and she is currently having a solo show at Bruce Castle Museum, a public museum in London. Other Solo shows have been at The Residence Gallery (2007), John Jones Project Space & Julian Hartnoll (2009) and The Stephen Lawrence Centre (2008). Recently she has been curated in group exhibitions by a number of artist/ curators; Jake Clark at the Lion and Lamb Gallery, Harry Pye, Juan Bolivar for ArtKapsule and Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins for Blackwater Polytechnic. In 2014 she will be exhibiting in Bangkok, Australia and London as well as undertaking her own curatorial projects. Davis has exhibited in a number of commercial, public and artist led spaces, including CoExist, Phoenix Brighton, Art Gene, art fairs and independant arts venues, has been selected for the Crash Open Salon, (2011) The ING Discerning Eye, the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize, The Ludlow Open & UK Young Artists Event (2010).
Davis is also a curator, award-winning blogger, writer, lecturer and creative consultant and recently contributed to BBC4’s Film ‘Tales of Winter. The Art of Snow and Ice.’ Davis lectures for a number of organisations including the Royal College of Art, University of the Arts, ArtQuest, University of Westminster and Nottingham and teaches mixed media Workshops across all levels of education across the country.
As a writer she has contributed to The Guardian, a-n News and Magazine, Artlicks and Jotta. She has also led art tours for South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery.
In 2012 Rosalind Davis & Annabel Tilley founded Zeitgeist Arts Projects , an arts organisation created to support ambitious artists with practical ways to sustain their practice. Their artists’ professional practice programme Show & Tell and their innovative participatory talk The A-Z of Surviving as an Artist are designed to encourage artists to learn from other artists, network, engage, thrive and raise their profiles.Tilley and Davis also curate exhibitions of outstanding artists at all stages of their career.
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