12 April - 26 May
Following on from her recent solo show at the Secession in Vienna, Anne Hardy will present three photographs, Notations, Script and Shelf.
In the upstairs gallery she has built a structure of two interconnected rooms. This is a sculptural continuation that has grown out of her recent residency at the Camden Arts Centre. It is the first time she allows the viewer to enter an actual space of her making. In the past these were created solely to be photographed and were always destroyed afterwards. Breaking away from this former process allows her to expand her working methods and has given her a new dimension to explore within this exhibition. The structure was created in the space one month prior to the show opening and has slowly taken shape during that time period.
04 June - 14 July
Tim Rollins is an artist, teacher and activist who began his career as the assistant of the conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth. In 1979 he co-founded Group Material in New York. In the early 1980s, he taught students at Intermediate School 52 in the Bronx and went on to create the Art & Knowledge Workshop. His highly acclaimed collaboration with the members of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) continues to this day. Rollins combines lessons in reading and writing with making artworks. The source material laid out and studied by the students generally relates to literary or musical classics, such as works by William Shakespeare, George Orwell, Ralph Ellison or Franz Schubert, but can also include comics or legal documents.
Their collaborative work takes the form of drawings, photographs, sculptural objects and paintings on canvas and paper. The backgrounds of works are often comprised of pages of books pasted into a grid. The results blend elements of Minimalism with an interest in the revival of painting that took place in the 1980s and in art that is socially and politically engaged. Rollins has said: ‘What we’re doing changes people’s conception about who can make art, how art is made, who can learn and what’s possible, because a lot of these kids had been written off by the school system.’
Since September 1999 the gallery has been situated in Bethnal Green, having relocated from gallerist Maureen Paley's home, a Victorian terraced house in London's East End, where the gallery programme began in 1984. Initially named Interim Art, the gallery changed its name in 2004 to Maureen Paley in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Maureen Paley was one of the first to present work in London's East End and has been a pioneer of the current scene promoting and showing art from the USA and continental Europe as well as launching new talent from the UK. Gallery artists include Turner Prize winners Wolfgang Tillmans and Gillian Wearing, as well as Turner Prize nominees Liam Gillick and Rebecca Warren. Also represented are Morgan Fisher, Michael Krebber, Erik van Lieshout, Daria Martin and Gert & Uwe Tobias.
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