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*rogue meaning does not behave/respond in the usual or acceptable way


Featuring Artists:

Cecilia Charlton 

Emma Corrall

Christopher Martin

Bryan ReedY


space-ship is curated four artists whose work thematically complimented the Bloomsbury Festival’s broader motif “Activist and Architects of Change” as well as our exhibitions theme Rogue Objects. The art/objects in this exhibition challenged accepted histories, practices, and forms of knowledge that make up “culture”, disrupting our common-sense assumptions.



Events

All events were free and open to the public.


Sewing Circles: Stitching and the Fabric of Conversation, 10/13/18

Harkening back to earlier generations where women met around textiles to discuss everything from their personal lives to global politics. Women gathered around a table in the UCL Art Gallery to participate in a sewing workshop lead by artist Cecilia Charlton. This workshop was open to people with any level of sewing experience.

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Ambiguity & Art, 10/18/18

space-ship co-founder Joel Campo sat down in conversation with Dr. Lonnie Bunch the Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and two of our featured artists, Christopher Martin and Emma Corrall

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Sounds of space-ship, 10/19/18

DJ Anna Prior from the band Metronomy set the scene in the North Cloister an evening of art and music


Graffiti Art: Making Your Mark, Graffiti Wall, 10/20/18

Art Historian and BBC Presenter Professor Richard Clay gave a talk on making your mark - covering the history and human impulse behind graffiti of all kinds.

Own Your Narrative, 10/21/18

space-ship is teamed up with the organization Poetic Unity UK to bring a live spoken word poetry event to the UCL North Cloister. The event featured fourteen talented poets who’s themes challenged norms and aligned with the theme of our exhibition Rogue Objects as well as the overarching theme of the Bloomsbury Festival Activists and Architects of Change.


Featured Artists

Cecilia Charlton's recent work utilitises the medium of textiles to explore topics centering around personal and social histories. Traditional materials and techniques provide focus on her creative life as a third-generation textile artist, while patterns and abstraction simultaneously place the works in a larger cultural conversation around textiles as a medium. Within her textile works, contrasts and comparisons between the traditional modes of textiles and the digital world are inescapable.

Emma Corrall is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice poses questions around consumer culture, object ontologies and bio-politics. Her installation displays hand crafted sculptures with images of porcelain and bronze casts of corn and 3D printed teeth. These are combined with designs of laser cut motifs that suggest footsteps and other anthropomorphic compositions. By exploring human behavior, she emphasizes the impossible nature of trying to follow artificial, yet man-made ideals.

Christopher Martin is a Southern raised artist from North Carolina, currently based in San Francisco. His hand-cut and sewn banner pieces use cotton to articulate the powerful experience of the African diaspora with a playful and sophisticated take on African-American iconography. Christopher Martin reclaims cotton within the forms of his work and connects narratives of culture and history through powerful black and white rendered images.

Bryan Reedy invites the viewer to observe the cyclical interaction between material and the image. He creates artworks that engage and experiment with materiality and the physical dimensions of painting. His Untitled (morphological prototype project) works are part of an ongoing series that explores our greater psycho-corporeal existence. They draw on the artist’s personal engagement with the expression of identity (socio-political, sexual, philosophical), the making of place, and the desire for transcendence within the growth and decay of the everyday.












INSCAPE/ESCAPE: From One to Many

Bráulio Amado

Yetunde Olagbaju

Muzae Sesay

June 8th-22nd, 2018

 

What is an ‘Inscape’?

The inscape is a term that relates to the way in which these three artists envision their own interior landscapes and the visual representations they create of these internal spaces. All three of these artists see their creative processes as a means to escape from the everyday and from current political moment in order to imagine alternatives. Visually they create new realms where the viewer is free from oppressive political structures. By looking at their work, we can think through the sometimes-overwhelming questions of space, time, and identity. Through the lens of their artworks we can ask when, where, and who we are? And more broadly, how we relate to one another.

What is the ‘Escape’?

This refers to the sense of freedom and capacity for rethinking the social, political, and personal possibilities that these artworks can give us. Especially as gentrification and lack of resources make it increasingly difficult for artists to find space in which to create their artwork. These artists create fantasy spaces in paint or film, which ask us to think through the importance of providing physical space for representation as well as providing space within conversation for other identities, voices, and points of view.

 

Muzae Sesay

Sesay’s work deals with themes of exterior and interior spaces, both public and private places. He tries to recollect particular places from the past and invent places that he has yet to visit in his work. The bright colors and geometric forms of his paintings are nostalgic of home, play, and imagination. The 2-D forms that populate his work compress space and time.

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Muzae Sesay

'Two Views'

Oil Pastel On Canvas

36x36 (2018)

3000 usd (Sold)

 

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Muzae Sesay

'True Realm 001' and 'True Realm 002'

 mixed media on Wood Panel

70x70 (2018)

2000 usd (Sold)

 

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Muzae Sesay

"The Garden We Grew Between Us"

Oil Pastel On Canvas

70x70 (2018)

8000 usd (Sold)

 

Yetunde Olagbaju

Olagbaju’s works with themes of time travel, space, source, vulnerability, ancestry, and the human relationship to the Blackness of the universe.  With video, installation, performance, photography, sound, and ritual she aims to sort through how we, as human beings, orient ourselves through our emotional and physical landscapes—our timeless internal and external worlds.

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Yetunde Olagbaju

Untitled, 2017

pen and watercolor on watercolor paper

12x14 inches

800 usd (sold)

 

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Yetunde Olagbaju

Untitled, 2018

pen and watercolor on watercolor paper

12x14 inches

800 usd (sold)

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Yetunde Olagbaju

Untitled, 2017

pen and watercolor on watercolor paper

12x14 inches

800 usd (sold)

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Yetunde Olagbaju

"the architect + tools"

pen and watercolor on watercolor paper

12x14 inches

800 usd (sold)

 

Bráulio Amado

Amado’s work is about providing a point of escape. The viewer can use his pieces as a doorway out of this particular socio-political point to access a more open place where there is space to breath, dream, and envision a different reality.

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Bráulio Amado

Diz Não Ao Patrão 01

Digital c-print

24x36 inches (2018)

700 usd (sold)

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Bráulio Amado

Diz Não Ao Patrão 02

Digital c-print

24x36 inches (2018)

700 usd (sold)

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Bráulio Amado

Diz Não Ao Patrão 03

Digital c-print

24x36 inches (2018)

700 usd (sold)

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Bráulio Amado

Diz Não Ao Patrão 04

Digital c-print

24x36 inches (2018)

700 usd (sold)

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Bráulio Amado

Homem Nú

printed fabric

88x104 inches (2018)

600 usd (sold)


Opening Night, 6/8/18

Footage from the opening night of Inscape/Escape: From One to Many


Artist Talk, 6/10/18

space-ship's curator Serena Board sits down with two of our featured artists, Yetunde Olagbaju and Muzae Sesay for an artist talk. 


"Between Worlds" Hosted by The MotH, 6/13/18

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space-ship teamed up with The Moth to host a storytelling event in our gallery space. "Between Worlds" featured three story tellers who each told fifteen minute stories that related to the themes present in Inscape/Escape in an effort to bring conversation to the forefront. The event also included an interactive portion to get the audience moving around the space and thinking about the ideas present in the artwork and the stories they listened to. 


Live performance and DJ set by Ushamami, 6/16/18

"ushamami is a dj, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who intertwines rnb, techno, jazz, house, and much more. Her music centers around her identities as a queer indian femme, and she has committed a great deal of her musical career to creating space for femme/queer musicians & artists through throwing shows, collaboration, and activism. based out of new york, she has performed all over the east coast as a solo act and with a live band." She just dropped her debut EP entitled "Proximity" which is available on all streaming services.