space-ship's "Rogue Objects" exhibition at University College London during Bloomsbury Festival
space-ship 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.
About the Artists:
Charlton’s recent work utilitizes 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.
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.
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.
(All events were free and open to the public.)
Sewing Circles: Stitching and the Fabric of Conversation
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.
Ambiguity & Art
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
Sounds of space-ship
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
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
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.
University College London
North Cloisters, Wilkins Building
Gower Street, London WC1E 6HJ