Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May
10.30pm – 6.00pm
268 Croxted Road, London SE24 9DA
In these crazy, uncertain times, Cavaliero Finn presents a curated collection of work by close to 30 UK based artists which are evocative of familiar places, memories and a yearning for the past.
With less than a week to go until the show opens, here’s a little insight into some of the works we have lined up for this exhibition.
Originally from Iceland, the strong geometric patterning and both natural and architectural forms of Bjork Haraldsdottir’s work (featured above) are heavily influenced by her Nordic upbringing and training as an architect. Before exploring her passion for ceramic forms, the artist worked as an architect for over 20 years during which time she worked for a number of renowned architects including Richard Rogers. Bjork approaches the making of her ceramic sculptures in the same way as an architect. Sculptures are planned and drawn before they are made and made as they are conceived – glass and steel have long since been replaced by clay.
Kate Sherman’s paintings originate from photographs she has taken of her surrounding landscape. This photographic source is important because the paintings capture a reflective notion of memory, of the emotional distance between a real landscape and a photograph, between experience and longing. It is a poignant and quiet melancholy that is expressed both by the portrayal of sparse unpopulated landscapes containing elemental traces of man, and by her restrained palette which is often suffused in a reserved northern European light of chalky blues and pink-blushed greys.
A painter by inclination, Barry Stedman’s ceramics are preceded by paintings in watercolour or gouache, often made in the open air, where he is inspired by the light and patterns in the sky and the farms and fields visible from his home. The work evokes memories of early mornings, fresh, flickering sunlight, summer gardens full of the saturated hues of pinks, purples and evanescent greens and long afternoon shadows.
Like Kate Sherman, Catherine Knight also uses photographs as a starting point for her paintings. For Catherine, these ultimately offer limited information, their full story only partially revealed. Her work is often made from images collaged together, mixing places, times and histories, the playfulness in the paintings creates new narratives and alternative realities.
One of this year’s finalists for the Loewe Craft Prize, Annie Turner’s ceramic sculptures are very closely linked with the river Deben in Suffolk and the surrounding environment where she grew up. The river’s past and present, the cycles of nature and the interaction of man are at the heart of each encrusted sculptural form she creates. These are, as she puts it ‘objects that trigger the memory’, as much collective memory as personal recollection.
Gill Rocca’s landscapes draw upon observation, memory and invention to present an ambiguous and elusive reality at a point where the familiar is rendered strangely unfamiliar. Always uninhabited, these illusionary, ambiguous scenes are suggestive of early evening or early morning; the anonymity of woodland, still lakes and deserted roads, attempting to assimilate themselves into the viewer’s own memories, weaving together narratives of places both real and imagined.
The exhibition features work by four new artists painter David Edmond and ceramic sculptors Mimi Joung, Hannah Tounsend and Nicholas Lees.
It also includes work by many of our regular exhibitors. Other artists responding to the curatorial brief include, painters Judith Tucker, Gill Rocca, Trevor Burgess, Rebecca McLynn, Mia Cavaliero, DJ Lowrie, Angela Charles and Tony Beaver and ceramicists Akiko Hirai, Ashraf Hanna, Frances Priest, Ikuko Iwamoto, Mizuyo Yamashita, Daniel Reynolds, Rachel Hoyle, Rhian Malin, Rowena Brown and Sun Kim.
We look forward to seeing you over the course of the exhibition