30th August ‐ 28th September
Occupy My Time
Enclave 9, Resolution Way
Wed – Sat : 10am – 5pm
The Doldrums is the first gallery solo exhibition by Andy Wicks, the culmination of an intense residency within the gallery space over the summer.
For this show Wicks has produced a new body of site responsive work that investigates Deptford and its historic links to the river. Moving away from a studio-based practice, his time in residence offered a unique opportunity to unite a site of interest with a place of making and display.
Wicks describes himself as an “urban walker”; learning about a place by walking, repetition and absorbing the sites, smells and characters that inhabit it. He has taken on the role of the collector; a collector of knowledge, detritus, stories and data. Conceived through a period of heavy research and extensive readings, The Doldrums explores the remnants of the industrial past and its effect on the area today through sculpture, photography and performative expedition.
For the past few weeks I have been in residence at OMT Gallery where I have been researching and working towards a solo show in the space opening 30th August. Attached are some images from my time so far in the area.
PRESS RELEASE Andy Wicks – Artist in Residence Occupy My Time Gallery
9th July – 29th August 2013
30th August -‐ 28th September
Throughout July and August Andy Wicks will be in residence at Occupy My Time Gallery, part of Enclave a new collective of project spaces on Resolution Way, Deptford.
Known for his painting practice which looks to the post industrial riverside of the Thames, Wicks arrives in Deptford with a hunger to submerge himself in its rich and varied past and strong community.
Moving away from a purely studio based practice, Wicks sees this as an opportunity to work in a site responsive manner, uniting an area of interest with his place of making. This union questions certain working habits developed over the years, offering a chance to investigate his new surroundings and how to respond to a self imposed change in circumstance.
Wicks’ investigation is often triggered by the written word, wide readings on subjects are then followed by a desire to experience first hand. In the case of his paintings of mooring structures the linear nature of the Thames set a challenge and physical duration to the project.
Arriving in Deptford with just a sofa, selection of books and a want to absorb all he could on the area. Wicks spent time getting to know his new neighbourhood on foot, tracing his movements and recording his discoveries as he moved through it. He describes himself as an urban walker, learning about a place by walking and repetition, absorbing the sites, smells and characters that inhabit it.
He has taken on the role of the collector; a collector of knowledge, detritus, images and data. By combining these discoveries and a heavily researched study of Deptford’s history we gain an insight into Wicks’ investigation and a hint to the work which will result from his time in residence.
Prophetic Diagrams reopens at George and Jorgen after the winter break and has been extended till Saturday 16th February. The large survey exhibition of drawing/ diagrammatic mark making features artist from UK and New York including a number of established artists often showing rare lesser known/ preparatory works. One of my Plane Sight diptychs features alongside works by Sarah Lucas and Dan Perfect, a piece I felt was made for the show when I read the brief. I’ve been following George and Jorgen for since they opened at the end of 2010 and have been introduced to some great artists through their program, personal favourites include – Peter Ainsworth, Martin Newth and Tom Pope who have each had stand out solo shows with the gallery in past 2 years. I highly recommend you take the time to see this diverse and rich exhibition while you have the chance. George and Jorgen sits just off Bermondsey Street (a short walk from London Bridge) and next door to the new White Cube space.
George and Jorgen
9 Morocco Street
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm or by appointment 0203 583 8825
Chris Baker, Mike Ballou, Nathaniel Mellors and Chris Bloor, William Corwin, Rose Davey, Julius Doehner, Claire Dorsett ,Clara Fialho, Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia, Noah Landfield, Ronnie Landfield, Sarah Lucas, Paulina Michnowska, Roxy Paine, Simon Patterson, Bruce Pearson, Joyce Pensato, Elise Co and Nik Pashenkov, Dan Perfect, James Pimperton, Nathalie Provosty, Fiona Rae, Nick Roberts, Bob and Roberta Smith, Ellen Stanford, Carin Riley, Gaetan Sigonney, Sandi Slone, Lucy Skaer, Pinky Tesfay, James Trimmer, Jessica Voorsanger, Tom Webb, Andy Wicks, Holly Zausner.
William Corwin’s essay for the exhibition is inspired by the illustrations in an 18th century book of black magic that he discovered in a dumpster in Greenwich Village in 1993. Assembling a diverse group of established and emerging artists from the UK and New York, he invited them to respond to his essay. The artists then created or chose a piece from their own collection to put in the show.
The exhibition explores the role that drawing plays within an artist’s practice. Corwin explains that “drawing is so often subsumed as a very practical preparatory act of the artist, or, in an effort to be very notpreparatory, it can often be very finished—very inky, or very big—but the theme of this exhibition, prophetic diagrams, is more about the artist’s preparing their thinking, not necessarily for anything in particular, but a necessary ordering of the universe, a summoning of the artistic spirits.”
Merry Christmas all! Thanks for all the support this years, its been a good one! Here’s this years Christmas card (Lino print & stencilled acrylic)
Last Friday I turned up with a work on paper in hand for First Come First Served at the Lion and Lamb, a new gallery set within a pub in Hoxton run by Peter Jones of Turps Banana Magazine. In spite of the open nature of the exhibition it was interesting to see the calibre of artists who turned up with works, perhaps down to the niche while connected Painters on Painters approach of both the Lion and Lamb and Turps Banana. Artists were invited to arrive with a work on paper under 70 x 70 cm and ‘install’ with the supplied blu tack.
The show continues until 11th January and being a working pub can be viewed 7 days a week until late.
Lion and Lamb
46 Fanshaw Street
London N1 6LG