Welcome to the latest Three x Three exhibition, the eighth. We brought the Three x Three format back at the end of last year, and now, as part of our current Spring Season of Cultivate online exhibitions here comes Part Eight (Part Seven happened back in February). There’s more words about the show and the artists involved down under the actual art, we need the art to do the talking before anything else. Please take a look at the art first and then if you feel like it, read the editorial and find those vital links and more about the three artists at the foot of the page.
The Three x Three shows are hopefully very simple, three artists invited to share our space, invited to share space with each other. This time we invited three people who have featured in quite a few of our recent Cultivate group shows, Vesna Parchet, Christopher Tansey and Vicki Salmi. Three artists who have been exciting us in recent times, it is with great pleasure than that we, as Cultivate, present the three of them together in this latest exhibition.
Please do click on an image to enlarge it and to see the whole piece of art, kind of vital that you do that actually, best to click on the first image and then to run the whole slide show. And please do bare in mind our shows are best viewed on a decent sized computer monitor rather than just a small (and somewhat disrespectful) phone. Thank you.
The editorial/Exhibition statement bit…
And that was a 31st Cultivate on-line exhibition. A big big thanks to anyone and everyone who has visited the exhibition, a big big thanks once again to the three artists involved
Another carefully curated on-line show and something like 186th Cultivate exhibition or event in the now eleven and a half years of evolving history(Cultivate turned eleven at the start of last September). Three x Three (Part Eight) is once again an invitation extended to three artists, Vesna Parchet, Christopher Tansey and Vicki Salmi , to exhibit together, the show is once again curated by Cultivate founders Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall. These Three x Three shows are about artists sharing spaces, artists who we think might compliment each other, or who maybe contradict each other, who may or may not be comfortable bedfellows. These shows are about cross pollination, about space and time shared, about three artists who are currently exciting us.
The first four Three x Three shows happened during our Vyner Street period, a wall each handed over to an artist in our almost triangular shaped East London corner space, artists such as Ben Fenton, My Dog Sighs, Paula MacArthur, Charlie McFarley, the much missed Ish Sahotay and quite a few more. The last physical Three x Three show happened in 2012, the reviving of the format was well overdue, and yes, with Cultivate now being nomadic this eighth along with last year’s fifth and sixth and this year’s seventh show, as well as this one and the next ones will be happening on-line.
We like on-line shows, we like that they reach out beyond our London bubble, that artists and viewers from all over the land and indeed the globe can take part in our shows, that we can include artists from North Wales or West Yorkshire or Brazil or San Francisco or Manchester as well as artists from Hackney or Camberwell, we like being more than just a London thing. We’re rather enjoying this Spring season of Cultivate on-line exhibitions.
Vesna Parchet or Ves as we know her, is a London-based artist, she been taking part in both our online and physical Cultivate shows for something like seven years now. I like her prolific energy, I love the photos of her studio and the glorious expanse of mess that allows her to birth her often very big paintings. Vesna is as equally at home working on the street, painting walls as she is in her studio. I like her marks, her figures, the freedom in the way she works, I like the drive, the bite, the power and commitment in her work, she isn’t an artist who needs to be wrapped in lots of words, her exiting work does more than enough talking…
Christopher Tansey first took part in a Cultivate online show back in January 2021, since then he’s be invited back on a regular basis. A statement on Christopher’s own website tells us that “Tansey’s paintings are autobiographical and introspective, drawing upon existence, experience, consciousness and sentience to express largely emotive responses through the use of vaguely identifiable elements, forms and motifs. Tansey’s work is also an exploration of the ‘isness’ of painting and paintings. Questioning, meaning and understanding are very much part of his creative process”. We’re still to see his work in the flesh, actually I’ve never asked Christopher where he’s from, I get the idea he’s based in the North East of England where he tends to exhibit, I’m really itching to see his paintings in the flesh. I like his strong identity as a painter, I really like the strength of his palette (I want to say the restraint but that’s wrong), I like the marks and textures he commits to, the forms, the shape of things, the prospect in terms of the shape of things to come. Christopher Tansey’s paintings excite me
Vicki Salmi describes herself or maybe her work as “Curious Overloaded Colourful Cacophony”, that works or me. Vicki’s bold frenetic use of colour combined with her busy textures, her tactile attitude, her beautifully overloaded sense of exploration that’s there in her work, once again the energy in her mark making. A multidisciplinary artist mostly working in large scale painting, printing and textiles, and once again I have failed to ask Vicki where she is based (and yes, these things are important, where you based does influence your work), I get the idea she’s currently working on the South East of England, doing things in Kent, Margate maybe? Canterbury? Hastings? Part of that community of artists who are lucky enough to sometimes see the sea anyway. Vicki first came to our attention and first took part in a Cultivate show back in October of last year, she has been invited back to take part in three of the four Mixtape group shows that have happened so far, we look forward to seeing (and hopefully showing) lots more…
Christopher Tansey – Instagram / website
Vesna Parchet – Instagram
Vicki Salmi – Website / Instagram
Cultivate – Website, Facebook, Instagram, Emma Harvey / Sean Worrall.
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Coming next? Well the fifth and final Mixtape online group show is on the way on April 25th, Mark Burrell’s solo show will open online on April 18th 2023. Our three month Spring Season of online exhibitions ends with Mixtape No.5, we shall tHen get on with Summer physical shows and I expect we’ll be thinking about more online shows in the coming Autumn.
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