Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,
Of its own kind, all foison, all abundance,
To feed my innocent people.
I would with such perfection govern, sir,
To excel the golden age.
(The Tempest, II, i)
‘The Golden Age’ presents a series of works by artist Enrica Casentini that embrace the heat (one hopes) of the summer month, August. Whilst we dream of holidays, sunshine and sand, August arrives representing a nostalgic yearning for a kind of imagined life free from the stresses of our busy, competitive and commercial city civilisation. ‘The Golden Age’ presents to us the most wonderful of summer utopian possibilities complete with giant watermelons, martinis, and fruit hats.
‘The Golden Age’ at Hackney Bureau begins a monthly series of exhibitions supporting the presentation of new artwork. For the month of August, Casentini’s artworks will adorn our walls as the Bureau sets out again to support new artists in the promotion of their work. For this First Thursday event we’ll be selling beer and wine for £3 and offering a cheap tasting menu of some of the Bureau’s best dishes.
Enrica Casentini is an illustrator and artist based in London. Having recently completed her Diploma in Contemporary Ceramics at City Lit, London, the artist has also graduated from the Visual School of Communication (ISIA), Urbino and the National School of Cinema (CSC), Turin. Casentini is currently a member of the YCN Creative Studio, where she works as an illustrator. Recent selections and exhibitions include Candid Arts Gallery, London (2015); New Designers, London (2015); 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, with Honorable Mention, New York (2014); Hackney Museum, London (2012) and Gemine Muse, Bologna (2010).
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 11th December. 6 – 9pm
Scawfell Street presents a winter feast full of amazing art, hot drinks and good times.
Adorning the walls are some of our favourite artists. The likes of Annu Kilpelainen, Belly Kids, Matthew Swan, Juliana Futter, Hato Press, Laura Gee, James Burgess, Ami Hughes, Brooke Olsen and many more!
Exhibition opening: Sunday 14 September 2014, 12 – 4pm
In a confrontation with our experience of place, space, ourselves and the perceptions of our environment, Rachel Wrigley and Zuzanna Suchon use the medium of paper in their practices, challenging their materials in a creation of re-imaginings and alterations.
Both artists work with composition, structure, symmetry and perspective, yet drawing their inspiration from converging ideas. While Rachel Wrigley investigates architecture and space as a moveable, impermanent fixture, re-visualising interiors, household objects and spaces, Zuzanna is influenced highly by music, spirituality, symbolism and mysticism, creating new patterns and illusions.
Despite their differences, both artists show how, through the expression of thought and creativity, the mind is able to wander, aiding emotional clarity and freedom of thought. In the search for another place or form, the artists in this show express that inner desire to escape the reality of the modern world and break into other boundaries, investigating unique and evolving dimensions.
An exhibition curated by Leana Lovell Gardner and Mariaelena Soligo.
Open House is a collaboration between Scawfell Street Studios & Shoreditch Design Rooms featuring new prints, artworks & publications by studio residents and artists.
Belly Kids, Hato Press, Studio Hato, Emily Stein, Studio Ponto, James Bryant, Haydn Jones
Scawfell Street is a design house and studio community situated in Hoxton in East London. The gallery presents exhibitions and projects with artists as well as selling original artworks, artist books, and prints.
For three months artist Maria de Lima has been developing the project Macy Dott at Scawfell Street. Progressively developing a set of book shelves in the public cafe space of the studio building, Maria de Lima has accumulated narratives and texts that express the thoughts and sentiments of the fictional character Macy Dott. This process of construction doesn’t easily find expression in gallery exhibitions or programmes; the growth of the character, and the physical display that has been representing her, comprises a form of literary residency. The outcome is the first instalment of a publishing series by the artist, presented at Scawfell Street alongside a poetry reading by Declan Jenkins.
For photographer Freya Hobbs’ first solo-exhibition, Scawfell Street has brought together a selection of prints that demonstrate the range and depth of her artistic practice. The series of prints emphasise Hobbs’ autobiographical relationship to the camera and a commitment to documenting the different relationships and environments she encounters. The exhibition presents previously unseen images that offer an insight into the artist’s documentation of intimate, private and personal experiences, alongside those experienced with friends and family. Hobbs’ images are capable of conveying a surprising sense of familiarity and nostalgia, emanating from her use of 35mm film, creating aesthetic combinations capable of mixing detailed panoramas with domestic interiors, holiday snapshots with textured and grainy urban scenes. This creates a specific attitude, a willingness to capture both the solitude of life’s individual pursuits, as well as the camaraderie and joy expressed through friendship and family.
A solo exhibition by London based artist Brooke Olsen.
Love is an 80s Vase: In December 1980 the Italian Ettore Sottsass organised a meeting with fellow contemporaries from the fields of design and architecture. The meeting is widely recognised as the founding moment of the Memphis movement, a flamboyant and energetic design movement that gained a global influence throughout the 1980s, launching collections of now iconic furniture, ceramics, lighting and textiles. There are clear associations with the movement’s style in the artworks created by Brooke Olsen. Her designs are reminiscent of the movement’s liveliness, their exuberance and their application of colour. However, in Olsen’s exhibition ‘Love is an 80s Vase’, the Memphis movement represents more than just an artistic influence.
A symbol of Post-Modernism, the Memphis movement successfully permeated the sentimentality of 1980s children around the world. Through the intro’ sequences of television programmes, to early music videos and family holidays, the Memphis movement informed a generation’s adolescent romanticism and nostalgia. The movement itself was founded on the basis of a song that was continually played at Sottsass’ founding meeting in 1980; Bob Dylan’s ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again’ first released in 1966. In much the same way as continually repeating the same influential song over and over again our own nostalgia for the past becomes unwillingly and fleetingly fulfilled by the continual recurrence of different sights and sounds. Certain flowers, specific colours, or in some cases, a simple vase.
Brooke Olsen, born 1983, in Perth, WA, is an artist living and working in London. ‘Love is an 80s Vase’ is Olsen’s first solo exhibition at Scawfell Street following her participation in the group exhibitions ‘Additions’, ‘Ancient Egypt’ in collaboration with Bellykids, and ‘Magic Nightmares’.
Skull Paradise. An exhibition of posters, record art, screen prints, original drawings, and photographs by artists:
Featuring works by: Nick Alston, Patrick Kyle, Joan Vasquez, Dominic Owen, Grace Helmer, Charlotte Mei, Jon Boam, Idiot’s Pasture, Michael Hsiung, Joseph Harmon, Idiot’s Pasture, Dazeray, Bridget Meyne, Annu Kilpelainen, Ruby Taylor, Jack Taylor, Tristan Lathey, Julianna Futter, James Burgess, Sean Morris, Dan Singer, Matthew Daniel Swan, Sophie Alda, Laura Gee, Rachel Harwood, Stu Ross, Kamal Rasool, Dominic Kesterton, Thomas Slater, Joseph Prince, Josh Wiley and more!
Featuring: Kyle Platts, Annu Kilpeleinen, Sophy Hollington, James Burgess, Lauren Doughty, Joshua Wiley, Pippa Toole, Freya Hobbs, Grace Helmer, Rich De Courcy, Flamingods and more to be added throughout the month..
For Additions the gallery has developed a series of artistic invitations to continue accumulating artwork throughout the run of the exhibition. For the opening event artists have been invited by Scawfell Street to exhibit new works, whilst also extending their invitation to a peer artist to contribute to the exhibition. Each new artwork will be documented and presented online as well as being hung in the exhibition space as the show expands and grows over the course of its run. Additions aims at showcasing the talents of a peer network of creative artists in London as well as introducing Scawfell Street to a wide range of new practitioners and practices.
The Magic Book of Nightmares presents the latest offering from Belly Kids and features work from: Luke Pelletier, Marc Martin, Mariana Moyses, James Clapham, Philip Morgan, Ohara Hale, Brooke Olsen, Sam Ailey, Paul Ascot, Stu Ross, Josh Wiley, Sheryo and the Yok, Chaos Vs Cosmos, Juliana Futter, Dillon Froelich, Jangojim, James Burgess, Murray Somverville, Daisy Wolff-Whitehouse, William Daw and Mike Kilkelly.
Scawfell Street presents Magic Weirdos Never Die – a group exhibition featuring 11 contemporary artists from four different countries, curated by Sean Morris. Following on from the successful group show “Let’s Go Magic Weirdos”, held last year in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia, Sean Morris brings his work and bunch of impressive, magical weirdos to London.
The line-up includes Australian art heroes Ghostpatrol and Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Spanish comic artist Berto Fojo, the prolific Luke Pelletier from the States and killer London based illustrators Suzie Kemp, Jasper Dunk and Jon Boam. Along side these phenomenal names will be the usual awesome depravity from Londoner James Unsworth, the black metal space demons of Madrid’s Manuel Donada, beautifully strange and politically charged drawings from Florida’s Dillon Froelich and the white trash fables of Sean Morris himself, who hits London just two weeks after a successful solo exhibition in Madrid.