ORGAN THING: Exploring the paint, the print and the artists of Hackney’s Space Studios, oh and some unreleased Joy Division…

Wednesday’s child was hope day good, Thursday’s? Well to follow that bit of long lost Cardiacs treasure from yesterday, a Joy Division outtake re-issued on vinyl. Friday now, let’s get this page posted, then we can get on with the day…

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Full details of that joy Division track and more here via Dangerous Minds

Robert Mason

Robert Mason

Thursday evening was a time to explore…

There’s something rather enjoyable about poking around artist’s studios, getting to look under the hood, spy on what they have hidden in the corner, sure they tend to tidy up their spaces for these official openings, a neat line of half squeezed paint tubes next to the wine and the crisps, but you can get to find out a little more, you get to see them in their own environment, their books, their tapes, you can get them talk a little more than they do when you encounter them in the nervousness of a formal gallery… Every studio complex has a slightly different feel, a slightly different mix of oil paint and print fumes, a different coming together of artists.  Space studios (Mare Street, Hackney, East London) opened their back doors last night and let us in to explore the three floors of studios that on most days you really wouldn’t know were there.

Delores De Sade

Delores De Sade

Another rabbit warren of old industrial white wall rooms alive with colour, with paint scars, with chat, with debate, with the sound of Brass Calls and Theremin-like saws played with bows, with letter press and precise oil abstraction, with tales of artist life around Shoreditch before the “YBA whippersnappers” moved in to East London. The beauty of brutalism screen-printed on aluminum from Simon Phipps (complimenting passing trains), print Le Gun, Ben Cove’s beautiful line, block, shape and subtle hint of texture, his rediscovering of paint (“I was becoming too much of a technician putting together my three dimensional ideas, I needed to reconnect”). Cullin Bantock is a proper old school painter (and a delight to talk to), simplicity that (as someone else pointed out), really isn’t that simple, an “experience beyond that of the paint itself”. Adam Dix and his spiritual pixels, modern technology laced with Wicker Man ritual, his “historical optimism”. Another door and another room alive with paint, with talk, with artist notes and bits of sketch books pinned on cork boards. Delores De Sade’s gorgeously detailed black and white etchings and fragments of landscapes and detailed studies of textures of wooden stairs in a room so alive that we could have just stayed in there for the evening, French & Mottershead with their intriguing Brass Calls (more on that later), Robert Mason’s atmospheric suggestions of bones and paint that hints of statues and…

There’s something rather enjoyable about poking around artist’s studios, getting to look under the hood, we should have got there earlier, two hours was not enough, we needed a whole weekend, excellent evening.  (SW)…

 

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