Contemporary Visions 8
Opening Preview: Thursday 11 January (6-8pm)
Exhibition: 12 January - 24 February 2018
Contemporary Visions is our annual group exhibition that seeks to identify and explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary art across all media and disciplines. This year, the jury included Leo Babsky, Chief Curator of Century Club (London); Kurt Beers, Director of Beers and Author of '100 Painters of Tomorrow; Paddy Johnson, Founding Editor of Art F City; Erik Olson, Artist and 2016 CV7 finalist; Richard Stemp, author and Art Historian; Jennifer Winsor, Director of Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (Canada); and Anna Zorina, Director of Anna Zorina Gallery, New York (USA).
Sofia Donovan’s main themes for work focus on the spaces of human coexistence represented by intimate spheres like interpersonal relationships, the domestic space, the sphere of the feminine, and the social space where all other spaces are framed. As an immigrant Donovan marks her personal feelings of strangeness that lead her to constantly thematizing her own hybrid identity influenced by different forms and points of view. Interested in understanding life as a formless substance in which we live in without giving it any shape or definition, Donovan navigates through the small moments of meaning and approaches the shores of nothingness by giving thought to supernatural and immeasurable through her experimentation.
SOFIA DONOVAN [b.1972, Argentina]. Solo exhibitions include: Fundacion Sala Gasco, ‘Cero Zen’, Santiago de Chile (2016), Galeria Federico Towphya, ‘Kakemonos’, Buenos Aires (2014), Ch.aco, ‘Poetica Domestica’, Santiago (2014). Selected group exhibition include: Galeria Cecilia Caballero, ‘Otras Partes’, bipersonal con Maria Crimella Buenos Airies (2015), Centro De Extension, P.U.C, ‘Negro Esteka’, Santiago (2015), Fundacion Fobeju, ‘Identidad y Territorio’, Santiago (2015), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, ‘La ruta trasnochada’, Santiago (2013). Lives and works in Vitacura, Chile.
Oli Epp’s paintings are influenced by experiences and observations from his everyday life. Epp describes them as autobiographical, sometimes confessional, sometimes irreverent and frequently handled ‘with a humorous sense of pathos.’ Interested in situations he has been involved in and witnessed in public and private life, Epp documents those unreported tragedies and moments he describes as unremarkable through painting.
OLI EPP [b.1994 ] graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the City and Guilds Art School of London. Solo exhibitions include: Degree Show ‘A Desperate State of Affairs’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017), ‘Vanilla/Beige’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017), ‘Can I Wear Fake Tan To The Funeral’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017). Group exhibitions include: ‘The window was open through the door was shut with the window left open’, curated by Lily & Brooke & Elaine Tam, London (2017), ‘We Are The Ones’ curated by Galina Munroe, Jordy Kerwick and Simon Ganshorn, Carlsberg Byens Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017). Lives and works in London, UK.
Nicola Kloosterman is an analog collage artist who works with found imagery. Her subjects vary from fragmented female figures and faces to landscapes, nature and abstracts made with coloured paper and textiles cut from fashion magazines. Her collages explore concepts of (in)visibility, perception and feminine power. The work submitted explores the line between abstract and figurative, reality and illusion. Taken from their original context, extracts of images are free to become new subjects in an altered reality of shape and colour.
NICOLA KLOOSTERMAN [b.1976, Johannesburg] is a self-taught artist with a Masters Degree in Law from University of Amsterdam. Kloosterman completed a Art Foundation course from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and has five years experience of Art Direction at the Junior Academy in Amsterdam. Kloosterman has exhibited a solo show at Atelier Oosterbosch, Amsterdam (2017), and a group exhibition at Collage & Assemblage, C-lab Kunstwest, Amsterdam (2017). Kloosterman lives and works in Heiloo, Netherlands.
Igor Moritz explores the relation between the interior and exterior of the human. He dresses the work summoning the desire for tasting the lines, forms and more importantly the colours. While excessively using patterns, and overdosing on colour schemes, Igor guides the viewer into his organised chaos.
IGOR MORITZ [b.1996, Lublin, Poland] self-taught painter undergoing a Bachelor in Industrial Design at Bournemouth University. Currently took a gap year in his studies in order to prioritize his development as an artist and is preparing to take part in an artist residency in Japan (Studio Kura, Fukuoka). Group Exhibitions include: group exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland (2014), “Half of me is in the past “BUMF gallery, Bournemouth, UK (2016). Solo exhibitions include: “the black tulip” in Lublin, Poland (2015) and ”70x100 from G&T” in Salisbury, UK (2015). Lives and works in Poland.
Stamatis Papazoglou works with traditional paints and spray paints to create sometimes spontaneous sometimes planned concepts on paper. Those are then collaged onto a specific surface and re-applied with changed qualities by cutting, tearing and readjusting. Final material layers are then manipulated through flex and sanding machines, high pressure cleaners and knives until the process of construction and deconstruction develops its own momentum in an organic nature allowing Papazoglou’s works to emerge completely free and radical in their own moods and compositions.
STAMATIS PAPAZOGLOU [b.1975, Germany] graduated from Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf and attended University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Selected exhibitions include: ‘Freshtest 3.0’, Kunstverein-Koelnberg e.V, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Koln (2017), ‘Berlin – Klondyke’, UGM Studio, Maribow, Slowenia (2017), ‘Berlin – Klondyke’, SOEHT 7, Berlin (2017), KFS, Mix the Remix, Berlin (2016). Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
Christian Ruiz-Berman has become accustomed to localizing his identity within a juncture of memory, fact and fictions by being forcefully deported from his homeland of Mexico. His works focuses on his childhood memories of migration and adaptation. Interested in contemporary philosophers such as Donna Haraway, he is fascinated by the concept that ‘reality is not a set of discrete realities but rather an endlessly complex web of interactions.’ Collaborating poetry and visual art together, exploring how both can bridge chasms that language and logic cannot span.
CHRISTIAN RUIZ-BERMAN [b.1982] is currently studying MFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, holds a Masters Degree from RISD and a Bachelors Degree from Duke University. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Chapultepec Samsara’, Outlet, Brooklyn, NY (2015), ‘Before and After Life’, Ulla Surland Gallery, Fairfirled CT (2013). Group exhibitions include: ‘Pure as a seagull’s belly’, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, (2015), ‘RISD Painting MFA 1st Year Group Show’, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Chelseam, NYC (2017), ‘Reconsider Abstraction’, Gowanus Ballroom curated by George Sferra (2015), ‘I am What I am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn’s Moment’, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY (2015). Ruiz-Berman lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Gino Saccone works in a variety of media, creating chaotic, cacophonous exhibitions that address the communication of information—and the way we digest the glut of it today. Along those lines, he explores the mutability of objects and language in sculptures and drawings by arranging color and texture into form, often referencing numbers. Two-dimensional objects are interjected into three-dimensional space, as gestural, childlike paintings of flowers wrap around corners, and colored textiles based on scanned watercolors and computer-generated formsare set at the intersection of the wall and the floor. Similarly, Saccone explores the relationship between dimensions in textiles based on the autostereogram, a technology that allows flat images to be seen in 3D.
GINO SACCONE [b.1979, Jersey] holds extensive education background having graduated from Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Royal Collage of Art, London, Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris, Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall. Selected exhibitions include: Gran Palazzo, Italy (2017), ‘Neolithic Grafitti’, QB, Oslo (2016), Perennial, Bristol, UK (2016), ‘Uncommon Chemistry’, Observer bld, UK (2016), ‘Corridori in Fuga, Nospace, Oslo (2016). Lives and works in London.
Nicolas Sassoon makes use of computer-based aesthetics to generate fantasized visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments to bring viewers into a trance. his work benefits from stylized pseudo-retro aesthetics, characterized by bright colors, moving patterns, and bitmap quality. the undulating pixels, through their disorienting movement, may create in viewers a sense of anxiety, a concern that their computer screens might have stopped working.
NICOLAS SASSOON [b.1981, France] graduated with a Masters Degree in New Media & Interactivity from Ecole Europeenne Superieure de I’Image, Angouleme, France. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Index, Avenue, Skylight’, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada (2017) ‘Skylight’, Signals’, Resonate Festival, Belgradem Serbia (2017), ‘Vessels’, Agreements to Zinedine, Milan, Italy (2017), ‘Façade 2015’, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016). Group exhibitions include: ‘Transfer Download’, Chronus Art Centre, Shangai, CN (2017), ‘Supernova 2017’, Denver Colorado, USA (2017), ‘New Formats Festival 17’, Vancouver, Canada (2017), ‘Art in Unexpected Places’, Barrie, Canada (2017), ‘Water astonishing’, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada (2017), ‘Unreal: The Algorithmic Present’, HeK Basel, Switzerland (2017). Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Looking at abstraction, representation and pattern Jack Towndrows work looks at the space that lies in between these three ideas and uses the canvas and imagined landscapes he creates as a platform for experimentation. Working with motifs he creates through drawings, once taken into painting these move and change as the paint itself presents different outcomes with him to work with.
JACK TOWNDROW [b.1992, London] graduated with a BFA from Slade School of Fine Art, London. Selected exhibitions include: ‘My Head is Round So My Thoughts Can Change Direction’, Assembly House, Leeds (2017), ‘Dik Piks’ Lady Beck, Leeds (2017), ‘Expo’16’, collaboration with Corise, Calais (2016), ‘Havin’ A Wobbly One’ collaboration with Suzy Babington, Edinburgh (2015), ‘Surprise Birthday’, Bargain spot, Edinburgh (2015). Lives and works in Leeds, UK.
JiYoung Yoo works mainly with an inkjet printer and the ultimate format of painting. Yoo’s practice is based on questioning the relationship between painting and digital image and their status of being an object in the current media condition. Each work that consists of multiple panels explores a counterbalance between digitally layered images on the surface and physical cut-out or overlapping of panels. By letting them lean against the wall, which reveals the gap between the two planes Yoo attempts to show the hidden three-dimensional qualities of painting and its relationship to the wall that it always relies on.
JIYOUNG YOO [b.1991, South Korea] graduated with a Masters Degree from the Slade School of Fine Art, London and holds a BFA in Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, KR. Selected exhibitions include: ‘The Choice of a New Generation’, Muse at 269, London (2017), ‘Is This It?’, Serf, Leeds (2017), ‘Faith’, Austin Forum, London (2017), ‘MeMeMeMe’, The Crypt Gallery, London (2017), ‘pillow, swallow, hollow, yellow’, The Artwall, Athens, Greece (2016), ‘Techno and the City’, Fiumano Projects, London (2016). Awarded multiple scholarships and artist residency. Yoo currently lives and works in London.
About BEERS London
Since 2010, Beers has worked with emerging and established artists to explore a diverse exhibition programme dedicated to thematic, aesthetic, and political concepts, highlighting an approach to contemporary art that is both progressive and thought-provoking. Through continued collaboration with artists and organizations, the goal of Beers continues to strive to celebrate, share and exhibit contemporary art in London and worldwide.
The gallery upholds an active international art fair schedule, including participation in esteemed fairs such as Artissima in Torino, Italy and Zona Maco in Mexico City along with others in New York, Miami and Basel (Switzerland). In autumn 2014, Director Kurt Beers authored 100 Painters of Tomorrow, published by Thames & Hudson, which was adjudicated by a panel of prominent figures in the arts in search of some of the world's most exciting emerging painters working today. In early October 2017, Kurt Beers will embark on his second publication with Thames & Hudson, entiteld, '100 Sculptors of Tomorrow' building upon the success of the first book release. The gallery has exhibited a range of artists from emerging, mid-career to established including Francis Bacon, Gary Hume, Tal R and Hurvin Anderson. Additionally, Beers London's open exhibition, Contemporary Visions, currently in its eighth year, has garnered a reputation for exhibiting some of the most exciting emerging and mid-career artists found internationally.
In 2016 & 2015, Beers was listed in Blouin Media's '500 Best Galleries Worldwide' and in 2015 Director Kurt Beers was included in ArtLyst's 'Alternative Power 100'.
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