At two ends of Britain earlier this year, two projects were brewing. I was working with Masha and other friends in London on a show about the human body; Marina and Georgia were working in Glasgow on a project about contact and touch. Strangely, it took Marina’s and my leaving the country for these two projects to meet – in Barcelona on a sculpture course with Grzegorz Gwiazda at The Barcelona Academy of Art.
This academy is part of a movement which is quietly but surely growing across the world: the atelier movement. Over the last few years, classical training in representational art has become available in Italy, Spain, Poland, China, the US, Britain, and many other countries. I joined the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) last year, and since then I have come to believe two things. Firstly, that the atelier movement is a thrilling new development in the art world. Secondly, that if it is to fulfil its potential as such, it must remain in conversation with other art movements, styles, media and missions which have developed in the time between today and the time when traditional representational art was last in fashion.
To that end, this exhibition seeks to bring together atelier artists with those who have followed completely different paths. It will encompass representational and non-representational drawing, painting and sculpture, video art, performance art, and much more. What better meeting point for all these disparate practices than the human body, that fleshy, significant and endlessly fascinating place we all live?
The show will comprise work by the four of us (Edith Dormandy, Georgia Grinter, Marina Renee-Cemmick and Masha Ryabova), a programme of performances organised by Pascal Colman, and work from an open call for video art and two dimensional pieces which will feature pieces by LARA students.
These conversations need to happen! And for that to be possible, we need your help.
We are raising money to pay for:
- the beautiful venue in Peckham: Safehouse 1, run by Maverick Projects, which we have booked from 21st to 24th September 2017. http://maverickprojects.co.uk/safe-house-12/
- and exhibition costs
Any extra money we make through this crowdfunding or commissions on sales during the show will go towards the LARA charity, as the school is also raising money for its new premises.
Be a patron of this exciting project and join the conversation! We hope to see your body there.
If you are interested in entering the open call or want more informantion, visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BODSexhibition/, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.