Precision of Thought – Group Show
Saturday 22nd April – Saturday 27th May 2017
Private View – Thursday 27th April 5-8pm Free Entry
Louisa Chambers, Chris Daniels, Lisa Denyer, Andrew Graves, Trevor Sutton, James Faure Walker, Jonathan Waller, Anthony Whishaw, Gary Wragg.
‘To draw is to make an idea precise. Drawing is the precision of thought.’ – Henri Matisse.
The SE9 Container Gallery is proud to present our latest exhibition, focusing on the way in which nine painters individually approach drawing. Selected by artist Matthew Macaulay, the collection will display a wide variety of drawing techniques.
James Elkins in correspondence with John Berger wrote that drawing is the ‘invaluable record of the encounter of a moving, thinking hand with the mesmerising space of potential forms that it simply called a “blank sheet of paper”. Drawing was once considered in the Western academic tradition, to be the foundation of art education, and the mother of all the arts. The importance placed on drawing has been abandoned by most art schools as an irrelevant activity of a time past. John Elderfield in 1982 described drawing as the most resistant of all the modern arts to define. This exhibition takes its focus from the way in which eight painters individually approach drawing.
Pictured: James Faure Walker, Art Workers Table, 2015
Saturday 18th March 2-3pm
The SE9 Container Gallery is delighted to host a screening of eight short animated films. The event will showcase the work of talented animators and directors in order to inspire and inform visitors about independent animation. The screening will take place in the SE9 Container Gallery on Saturday 18th March from 2-3pm amongst the exhibition Shadow Play. The films will be introduced by Maria Sams, our Artist in Residence and current exhibitor.
This animation screening will feature the work of award-winning animators and exciting emerging talent. All are welcome for this free event!
Going West – Andersen M Studio Commissioned by Colenso BBDO for the New Zealand Books Council, this award-winning stop frame animation brings to life Maurice Gee’s classic New Zealand novel Going West.
We Got Time – David Wilson This mesmerizing music video for Moray McLaren features an animation device from early cinema: the praxinoscope.
White out – Jeffrey Scher Composed of approximately 2,250 watercolour paintings on paper, this beautiful film depicts a collection of wintry scenes.
New Friends/ Mood Swings – Steph Hope Filled with humour and colour, these two short films portray characters in awkward situations. Made from a series of hand drawn images, Steph Hope combines traditional techniques with modern style.
Bubbles – Maria Sams Made using an overhead projector and paper cut-outs, this innovative animation tells the story of a lonely scientist and her childhood toy.
Next of Kin – Gemma Yin Taylor and Connor Gilhooly This tactile stop-motion music video for Canadian band Alvvays, combines paint and collage techniques to repurpose found imagery.
Bye Bye Dandelion – Isabel Garret Winner of the Best Animation award at ScreenTest’s: National Student Film Festival (2015), this short film uses a mixture of handmade puppetry and CGI animation to reveal a heart-warming narrative about friendship.
Success – Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee A thought provoking animation about the nature of success, created for The School of Life and based on a short piece of writing by Alain de Botton.
Maria Sams – Shadow Play
Saturday 25th February – Saturday 1st April 2017
Private View – Thursday 2nd March 5-8pmThe SE9 Container Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by our Artist in Residence Maria Sams. Shadow Play exhibits a series of paper-cuts and animation inspired by the theme of light and shadow. Maria will be screening her latest animation work as well as revealing the process behind her techniques through a collection of photographs, original drawings, sketchbooks and a mechanical animated flip-book.
During her BA in Illustration Maria specialised in making her drawings and paper-cuts move, telling playful narratives with intricate visual details. She has since been awarded Best Animation at the National Student Film Festival and became our Artist in Residence from September 2016.
Artist’s Talk with Andy Jackson – InsrtSHUTTER (Datum and Insrts)
Saturday 12th November – 2pm – Free Entry
Detail, Insrt_Obstrct 2015, acrylic on canvas, 214 x 115cm
We are excited to announce that the SE9 Container Gallery will be hosting a talk with Andy Jackson and fellow artist Danny Rolph. Jackson will be discussing his artwork as well as ideas and influences behind the exhibition. Below is a short interview with the artist providing a sneak peak into some of the subjects that will be covered during the talk.
What are your main influences and inspirations?
I would say my influences are vast! I am influenced by both art and the digital/’real world’ I inhabit in everyday life. Rather than say influences I would say my drive is to make paintings that avoid a literal photographic representational approach. And like every other artist I am driven by making something that I haven’t seen before.
How would you describe your current show in a few sentences?
With InsrtSHUTTER I am producing works which are influenced from my past 2 exhibitions where I took paintings outside of the studio and gallery context. These paintings were on vinyl stuck to a disused decorators shop (Paintshop) and paintings stuck to advertising billboards (Incarnation). So the artwork includes elements outside of the art studio, be it cut out fun fair posters or the form of a business card sticker stuck to a shop window.
What was your route into becoming a painter, for example through your studies in art, what made you specialise in painting?
Andy Jackson – InsrtSHUTTER
Saturday 5th November – Saturday 17th December 2016
Private View – Thursday 10th November, 5-8pm
The SE9 Container Gallery is very proud to present its next exhibition InsrtSHUTTER by Andy Jackson. Since leaving Goldsmiths College in 2006 with an MFA he has exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2006 along with his solo exhibition, Incarnation (possibilities of datum) at Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol.
Described by London based writer Tim Davies:
‘In a recent series of paintings, Jackson has looked to the stickers advertising shop roller shutters and 24-hour emergency glass replacement, a marked intervention into the economy of the shop window. Their tumbling, interlacing oblong forms are rendered in pastel tones, subverting the harshness of surface from which they are derived. What appears to be the product of sticking, an instantaneous and seemingly thoughtless act of mark-making, is actually the product of careful and subtle manipulation of the painted surface. The sticker and the painted mark are two distinct processes that exist in separate time zones, but when placed in close proximity in the picture plane there is the suggestion of a collapsing of this continuum. An ability to dip in and out of different time based environments is a core principle of Jackson’s process-based practice, each abstract mark a trigger for experiences of images that may or may not be familiar.’
We are also excited to announce that Andy Jackson will be providing a talk about his work on Saturday 12th November at 2pm.
Morgan Tipping – No Fixed Abode
Saturday September 17th – Saturday October 22nd 2016
Private View – Thursday 22nd September 5-8pm
The SE9 Container Gallery is pleased to present the work of Morgan Tipping, a London born artist whose work explores social and political issues through humour, film, performance, photography and sculpture. Passionately committed to community development Tipping has undertaken an artist residency at MildMay Park care home in Dalston, London. As well as being an educator and visual activist Tipping has recently volunteered within various refugee camps in Europe.
Tipping’s work focuses on the themes of housing, community and a sense of belonging whilst making it clear that failure is a vital part of being creative. Central to her work is the idea of using comedy to explore deeper social issues.
The artwork exhibited in No Fixed Abode is informed by working with residents in a care home, students from London schools, students of diaspora in London colleges and displaced people within refugee camps in Europe. Exploring the theme displacement it draws together work made over the past two years showing the unique stories of these individuals and groups.
No Fixed Abode will also feature artwork created by the STM Year 11 students in a workshop provided by the artist.
Nathan Eastwood – Laptop and Chips
Saturday 16th April – Saturday 28th May 2016
The SE9 Container Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of emerging British artist and winner of the East London Painting Prize 2014, Nathan Eastwood.
His series of paintings are based on photos taken with a smart phone and meticulously made using enamel paint on board. This painting practice started in 2011 after a period of time spent thinking about his potential development as an artist. Eastwood selected a simple photographic picture of his staircase in his house and made a painting based on this motif. Since then he has produced many paintings with the same intentions.
Recently, Eastwood has reintroduced colour back into his paintings; representational of the artist’s interests in social content rather than formalist conclusions.
“My painting practice has become specifically allegorical of day to day existence. My previous paintings I suppose were minimal and maintained a link between the monochromatic grey scale, monochromatic and social derived content; but now the paintings are moving away into colour allowing the social content to take priority; this is where my focus should be. Now my paintings are allegorical of everyday life.”
Eastwood occupies a special place in the art world that believes painting still has the power to reflect ones social relations and the proletariat. This proposition corresponds clearly to Eastwood’s interests in the works of writers such as Allan Bennett, Robert Tressell, and Alan Sillitoe.
The paintings featured in Laptop and Chips are mostly small scale works, made on a table in the artist’s kitchen. Eastwood works into the early hours of the morning whilst listening to music or with the TV on. The motifs are painted with an obsessive, brooding intensity with a melancholic atmosphere; he often paints solitarily. Emphasis has been placed on making art within the domestic space, allowing the integration of real life into his paintings.
Eastwood does not think of his paintings as realist but painted constructs functioning as fictional dialogues like a monologue between painted content and observer. In contrast with photographs, which act as mechanisms to reveal the truth to reality, Eastwood views the paintings as subjective constructs. Where photos are used as a truth procedure, the paintings can be viewed as open ended.
Emlyn Stevens – Continuous Lines in the Sand
Saturday 5th March – Saturday 19th March 2016
The exhibition consists of a collection of large illustrated silk-screen prints based on collages made from found imagery of the middle east (both figurative and scenic). The conceptual basis of the exhibition is to demonstrate how found imagery has always been put through a number of “filters” or has a certain amount of vested interest attached to it.
‘Influences’ – An exhibition from the Year 11 students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School
Saturday 6th February 2016 – Saturday 13th February 2016
A year ago, to coincide with the opening of the SE9 Container Gallery, we hosted the ‘Outlaws’ exhibition by the artist Robert Priseman. The exhibition consisted of 35 pencil-drawn portraits of women who had been executed in the USA. The portraits were hung and presented with a brief biography of the subject, giving the viewer an explanation of why the individual had been executed.
As part of the STM Year 11 students’ Identity project, Robert Priseman gave a talk and carried out a workshop giving a rare insight into the unique drawing techniques he uses.
Presented in the ‘Influences’ exhibition are the students’ take on Robert Priseman’s work. As part of their Identity project, the artists have chosen to do portraits of people who have influenced them throughout their lives. The exhibition has been presented in the same manor as Priseman’s ‘Outlaws’ in order to display the direct correlation between the two.