Espacio Gallery is a collective of contemporary artists representing the gamut of visual art practise in its various guises. The original art on offer includes: abstract art, art photography, conceptual installation and video, contemporary paintings, contemporary sculpture, contemporary wall art, figurative sculpture, modern art and the list goes on. It does not matter how you choose to label what you collect or what excites you as artistic “eye-candy” there is an Espacio Gallery artist catering for you.
Geographically, Espacio Gallery is part of the London contemporary art gallery scene, however with the aid of the Espacio Gallery website it is firmly part of the global village that is the worldwide web. On the website, at collectors disposal are the list of the collectives artists, examples of their work and their contact details.
Espacio Nomadic is a series of exhibitions by the Espacio Gallery collective at different contemporary art galleries around London. The series kicked off last year, 2011, with Espacio Nomadic at the Menier Gallery. The next in the series Espacio Nomadic: Not in Transit aims to share the art limelight with the London Art Fair and why not.
The Espacio Nomadic: Not in Transit exhibition will include 17 artists from the collective and one specially invited artist. The practises, styles and artistic intentions might be legion but the aim for originality and quality are shared. So who are these artists and what has their art got to say about their practises?
Laura Bello’s soft pastel colours give a sunny-side-up feeling invoking the nostalgia for exotic trips. Judith Bieletto by contrast paints haunting scenes inspired not by morbidity but the excitement and intrigue of the darkness and the night. In Michael Blow’s carvings and sculptures the natural sciences make an intriguing alliance with art and just like the sciences they invite you to investigate. Continuing on the path of the inner depths of the soul, there is an involuntary draw to Stephanie Brunton’s ghoulish portraits; however what you will get in this exhibition is her nature inspired abstracted patterns.
Things brighten up again with Carlos de Lins’ abstracted geometry, which echoes Wassily Kandinsky’s pallete and abstraction while drawing you into a perspective the way a High Renaissance painting would, his perspective however is slightly twisted. In Julie Eccles’ photography you see the fascination and intent on capturing the purity of nature. Enrique Gavilanes unveils a curious wall hanging that has, to be seen, to be believed, he plugs into the current trend of artists accessing materials from their immediate everyday environment, popularly known as using found objects, and he does it with a twist.
Nick Hazzard uses terms like chaos, chance and accidents to describe his work, what actually registers with you visually are the rhythm of his organic shapes, the emotion of his colour and hints of geometry all working together in harmony. Stephanie Herbert shares her fascination with motion with Gerhard Richter, whose exhibition, Panorama has just finished at the Tate Modern, while Richter uses motion for stylistic effect; Herbert uses motion as a statement to illustrate a world in motion. Juli Jana’s “abstracted aerial scapes” are an optical illusion, which work on various levels depending on your proximity to them. Martin Masterson’s landscape quite simply have a forlorn beauty.
Valerie G. Montgomery’s art is unashamedly feminine, referencing the tradition of fairy tales to create drama. Chandra Morar is a social commentator in the mould of Banksy, his visually engaging images belie strong socio-political messages. Laura Reiter’s paintings tell stories of offshore folklore designed to prick your curiosity, you find yourself visually lifting her layers of motif. Renee Rilexie’s abstraction is about what is possible with colour, her idea is to set colour in motion providing a feast for the eyes and a dizziness of the senses.
Wendy Roberts uses various printing techniques to capture the visual projections trees and plants make just by being in their environment, the effects are interestingly nostalgic motifs. Alexis van El’s book sculptures are a juxtaposition of hardness with softness. The allusion to the delicacy of femininity is illustrated using sheets of metal; the overall message is feminine inner strength, which is not always apparent. Bola Adamolekun’s piece Ms Haversham’s, pays tribute to that great British institution whose centenary we celebrate in 2012, Charles Dickens. Adamolekun tells multi-dimensional stories using pottery.
Espacio Nomadic: Not in Transit (full details) previews on Friday 19 January 2012. The exhibition is at the BAR Gallery of the Willesden Green Library Centre (link to map) and is on until 10 February 2012.