Scawfell Street is a design house and studio community providing workspace, galleries and a coffee shop showcasing artist prints, books and zines produced by our partners, residents and artists.
Across over 5000 square feet of space Scawfell Street helps to support a growing community of designers and artists as part of the creative organisation Future Studio.
Zuzanna Suchon and Rachel Wrigley
14 September – 11 October 2014
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.
For photographer Freya Hobb’s 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 Hobb’s 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. Hobb’s 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.
Scawfell Street is home to designers, artists and illustrators. Our residents have studio and desk space in the upper floors of the building. We’re always looking to build the community and support our residents with professional opportunities and exhibitions. Spaces at Scawfell Street start from £45 per week; more information, images and currently available spaces can be found on our Facebook Page.