The project space in our Rum Factory Studio site was originally set up in order to provide artists with an affordable place to put on an exhibtion photograph their work, or just to work on a larger piece for a few days. As one of the most reasonably priced spaces in London to hire out, this space has become increasingly popular with our studio holders, but also with external artists. At Bow Arts one of our main goals is to support emerging artists, and provide opportunities for them to develop their career. This year we have rolled out a new programme to engage with recent graduates from art universities across London.
One of the most difficult parts of graduating from art school is finding spaces to show your work, and the first exhibition is usually the most daunting. We rolled out an Open Call in September for recent graduates to submit a piece of work to be exhibited in a group show at the project space. Earlier on in the year we visited degree and MA shows at universities in London, and we were thrilled to see so many applications coming in from artists whose work we recognised and loved from these shows. The artists who have been selected have shown incredible ability to deal with abstract concerns with clear communication and we are very excited to have them exhibit with us.
The show will run from Thursday 16th - Saturday 25th, with a private view on Wednesday 15th from 6pm. Our closing event no the 25th will include talks, Q+As and workshops, giving viewers the chance to engage with the artists. We hope to see you there! To RSVP click here.
The most prominent feature of Even Paz's practice is its multiplicity. His work uses different mediums, ranging from figurative sculptures to online performances. Furthermore, like the forms they take, the topics of his works highly diverse: from expressionistic investigations of the self to contemplations on the state of relationships of migrants in a world dominated by Internet and social-media communication. Nonetheless, Even Paz's different paths intersect with, cross, affect and nourish each other. They can perhaps be seen as separate but connected strands in his self that come forth at different forms and in collaboration with different people.
The artist's practice explores ideas of play and language through sculptural forms attempting to navigate tensions between functionality and playful humour via cast cartoon forms and imagery. The work draws on museum artefacts, design, playground apparatus and cartoon motion to create objects that gesture towards function and fiction, in proposing their inextricable collision. The form and ﬁnish of the works makes reference to modernist design objects whilst the objects misbehave: the cartoony cut out forms are clunky, balancing on tip toes, curved, wiggling or ﬂattened as they take shape, cast as if caught in perpetual cartoon motion.
A spork is a sloppy hybrid of a spoon and a fork. By botching the two together we have something that seeps through the gap of function and uselessness. It’s a sophisticated misbehaviour: A mingling of ergonomic design and naive imagination.
Above + Below are an artist duo who recently graduated from the Royal College of Art. They focus on interactive and speculative artworks, based on hands-on research. Their philosophy is to use code and emerging technologies as a positive good through wiring unseen connections together in order to create new experiences at the intersection of art and technology.
In Kaveh's work he creates spaces with lines, geometrical shapes, and colours and visualises the perfection and strength that these can produce. The power in the emptiness and void, as well as the trace and shape that is left behind are prominent concerns within his practice.He utilises the materiality of paint and the applied surface to create strong and precise situations, some of which are realised on the wall or on canvas, yet they deal with three-dimensional realities.
Karen's work explores the subtle effects of changing light on architectural and geometrical forms. Steming from walks around London photographing buildings and forms, she encapsulates the frictions we see between different materials across the city with her multimedia installations. Bringing these different elements together is expressive of how we are always caught somewhere between these two states – between the perpetual and the mutable.