This autumn sees the launch of an exciting new pop-up gallery project, Folie à Deux, with an exhibition entitled I have this strange kind of feeling and I just can’t place it… to be held at New Cross’s vibrant Utrophia Project Space – an old ice cream factory-turned art gallery located at 136 Tanners Hill, London SE8 4QD. The exhibition will run from 11 - 28 November 2010, and is a group show displaying the work of five artists: Judith Lyons, Nina Mankin, Giulia Ricci, Keith Roberts and Nina Royle. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of events including talks by the artists about their works and a number of musical evenings, including performances from up and coming folk bands such as Alessi’s Ark, Mariner’s Children and Amber States, as well as celebrated musician Mauricio Velasierra.
Diverse in terms of their practice, the mediums in which they work and their sources of inspiration, the artists in the exhibition are united by an equally diverse engagement with the notion of ‘environment’ – the underlying theme of this first show. Their approaches range from delicate installations unlocking the poetic qualities of the flotsam and jetsam produced by today’s disposable society, to camera-less photographs exploring the impact of scientific advances on the natural world. Other works investigate the roles played by memory and emotion in our perception of the world around us, or consider the finely-balanced relationship between chaos and order underpinning the systems of both mankind and nature. Together, these reflective pieces subtly reveal our complex relationship with our environment, the ways in which we shape it, and are in turn shaped by it.